Children's Environmental Science Day

Children’s Environmental Science Day is a free community event held annually for children and their families. The event includes hands-on science activities designed to create an awareness of the unique ecology of Lake Tahoe and provide an opportunity for young and old alike to learn about environmental and Earth science.

The event is hosted by UC Davis scientists, staff, and local agencies and organizations of the Lake Tahoe Basin. Join us for science activities, games, crafts, and demonstrations. Come learn with your child!

2015 marks the 16th year for this event and will be held on Sunday, August 2, 2015 from 1 - 4 p.m. For more information please contact Heather Segale, education at (775) 881-7562 or for more information.

Saturday Schedule

  • 12–1 p.m.: Volunteer lunch
  • 1–4 p.m.: Hands-on science activities for kids ages 6+
  • 2–4 p.m.: Ice cream provided by Susie Scoops


  • 3D Movies
  • Asian Clam Art
  • Biters, Stingers, and Bloodsuckers
  • Climate Change Game
  • CO2 in your breath
  • Dendochronology
  • Education Center Exhibits and 3D Theater
  • Environmental Craft Corner
  • Face Painting
  • Feathered Friends: Tahoe Bird Identification
  • Fish Prints
  • Fossil Dig
  • Healthy and Unhealthy Lakes
  • Inflatable Trout
  • Lahontan Cutthroat Trout
  • Living with Fire
  • Macroinvertebrate Monitoring
  • Making Tracks
  • Native vs. Non-native
  • Native Seed Bomb
  • Plant Adaptations
  • Recycle Relay
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Stewardship Game
  • Stormwater BMPs
  • Stream Monitoring
  • Solar Science: Sunspots
  • Tahoe Jeopardy
  • Tree Bingo
  • Tree Ring Game
  • Watershed Model
  • What’s in the Water?
  • Woody Wonders

Participating Partners

  • AmeriCorps
  • Great Basin Outdoor School
  • IVGID Waste Not
  • Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park
  • League to Save Lake Tahoe
  • Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
  • North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District
  • Parasol Americorps
  • Placer County Vector Control District
  • Project MANA
  • Sierra Nevada Americorps Partnership
  • Sierra Nevada College
  • Sierra Watershed Education Partnership
  • Tahoe Institute for Natural Sciences
  • Tahoe Maritime Museum
  • Tahoe Regional Conservation District
  • Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
  • Tahoe Safe Alliance
  • Trout Unlimited
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • US Fish and Wildlife
  • US Forest Service
  • Washoe County School District

Getting to the Event

Directions to the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences are available here.

Carbon Dioxide

Learning how Carbon Dioxide affects a Lake Ecosystem

Who left this

Using the power of observations and deduction, discover what Tahoe wildlife leaves behind


Curious minds inspect the key characteristics of conifers