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Earth Day in Reno and at Lake Tahoe

Earth Day Events Feature Environmentally Friendly Fun, Food, and Entertainment


Reno Earth Day crowd at Idlewild Park

Reno Earth Day crowd at Idlewild Park.

Photo © Stan White
Bikes are big at Reno Earth Day in Idlewild Park

Bikes are big at Reno Earth Day in Idlewild Park.

Photo © Stan White
Bag Monster at earth week, University of Nevada, Reno.

Bag Monster at Earth Week, University of Nevada, Reno.

Photo courtesy University of Nevada, Reno.

Earth Day 2014 on the calendar is Tuesday, April 22. However, since weekends are the best times for people to be out and about, our Reno and Lake Tahoe Earth Day activities will take place on th weekends before and after the actual designated Earth Day. Attend an Earth Day event and have fun with the family learning about recycling, alternative energy, sustainability, and ways to protect the environment.

Earth Day 2014 at Idlewild Park in Reno

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - Idlewild Park is the setting for Reno's Annual Earth Day Celebration. Earth Day 2014 will be at its traditional location in Idlewild Park, emphasizing three major themes of Earth Day - The Natural World, Many Cultures and Green Technologies. There will be a variety of exhibitors, sponsors, workshops, and activities, along with plenty of tasty food, beverages, and lots of family - friendly fun for everyone. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be areas with specific themes, some of which were introduced for the first time at last year's Earth Day in Reno. Click the links to the Earth Day website for more details about each of these.

About Pets at Earth Day - Animalia Kingdom will be a pet - friendly area with doggie day care available. You will find numerous dogs and cats available for adoption and educational booths on different animal organizations in our area. Pets are not allowed in other areas of Earth Day at Idlewild Park.

Entertaiment at Earth Day - There will be three stages featuring live performances at Earth Day, plus roving entertainers and who knows what else. If you are interested in performing, go online and fill out the screening form or contact Heather Howell - (775) 771-1828 (txt or call) or howellderosa@gmail.com.

Exhibitors at Earth Day - Those wanting information on being an exhibitor or sponsor can learn more from "Reno Earth Day Exhibitors."

E-waste Recycling at Earth Day - Computer Corps of Carson City will be offering free e-waste recycling inside the California Building from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Just about anything will be accepted. Refurbished hardware is resold and/or given to schools.

Earth Day Volunteers - Volunteers are needed for a variety of Earth Day tasks. Visit the Reno Earth Day volunteers page for more information and to submit an online application.

Transportation and Parking for Earth Day - Earth Day in Reno is a popular event that draws a big crowd. Parking in and around Idlewild Park is limited, so be sure to leave yourselves plenty of time to find a parking slot and walk to the event. Carpooling with friends is a good idea and in keeping with the Earth Day theme. There are other ways to get to Idlewild park as well - walking and bicycling. For more area parking information, refer to "Parking in Downtown Reno."

Earth Week at the University of Nevada, Reno

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, April 22, 23, and 25, 2014 - The northern Nevada community can celebrate the Earth and learn about options for more sustainable living during Earth Week at the University of Nevada, Reno campus. Educational programs and demonstrations will focus on sustainability efforts and examples of green campus and community resources. Here is the schedule of public events at the Gateway Plaza in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union...

Tuesday, April 22: Waste, Recycling and Local Foods - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • The Return of the Bag Monster, offering free reusable grocery bags
  • Dumpster Dive with trash collected from a University dumpster
  • Plastic-bottle recycling display
  • Plant giveaway sponsored by the University's Arboretum Board
  • Recycled art made by Children of the Child and Family Research Center
  • Local food and farming information from Urban Roots and River School

Wednesday, April 23: Alternative Transportation, Energy and Water - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Eco-Friendly Vehicles: All-electric Nissan Leaf, University's Parking and Transportation Service's Hertz on Demand and a new RTC zero-emissions electric bus
  • Campus Cycling Coalition Bike Repair Clinic with the Reno Bike Project

Friday, April 25: Arbor Day - The University is taking steps to become a designated Tree Campus USA location. The public is welcome to join University officials and students as they plant a new Paw Paw tree.

  • 11 a.m.: Southwest entrance of the West Stadium Parking Complex, just north of Lawlor Events Center

Self-paid parking on the UNR campus is available in the metered lot south of Lawlor Events Center and on the top floor of the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex.

Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival at Squaw Valley

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - The Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival will be at the Village at Squaw Valley USA, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A free e-waste collection event will begin at 10 a.m. in the Village parking lot. This free event will feature science experiments for kids from The Science Wizard, entertainment featuring Drop Theory, Asha Dancers, Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons, and the Envirolution Trashion Show. The largest environmental event in the region, the Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival provides an opportunity to learn about recycling, composting, alternative energy, sustainability, watershed and forest health, and reducing our carbon footprint. The event schedule will show you what's happening and when.

Part of the Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival is a free recycling collection event for area residents in the parking lot of the Village at Squaw Valley USA. This is not a free-for-all. Be sure to read the list of accepted items (and those not accepted) before hauling your old stuff to the event. For example, tires and electronic waste (except household batteries) will not be accepted. For more information, call (530) 582-2909.

Tahoe Area Regional Transit (T.A.R.T.) will be offering free, round-trip festival transportation from North Lake Tahoe, Incline Village and Truckee.

South Lake Tahoe Earth Day Festival

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - Celebrate Mother Earth at the South Lake Tahoe Earth Day Festival, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bijou Community Park, 1201 Al Tahoe Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe. Bring the family to learn about alternative energy, water conservation, sustainability, and reducing our ecological footprint. Enjoy live music all day and check out educational booths, conservation activities, and Washoe culture. Food and local crafts will be available for purchase, and a Kid Zone will keep the young ones busy with earth day crafts, hands-on activities, face painting, story time, and the bounce house. Admission is free. The event schedule shows you what's going on and when. For more information, contact one of the committee members or call (530) 542-8366.

Sources: Earth Day events websites.

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