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. (2016 Flyer Available)

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!

2017 will mark the 18th year for this event and will be held on at Commons Beach in Tahoe City, more details to come at a later date. For more information please contact education and outreach director Heather Segale, at (775) 881-7562 or

Sunday Schedule

  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Set-Up
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Volunteer lunch (sponsored by T's Mesquite Rotisserie)
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Hands-on science activities for kids ages 6+
2015 CESD

Commons beach was a gorgeous setting for the 2015 Children's Environmental Science Day

Activities (subject to change)

  • Bird Identification
  • Carbon Cycle
  • Cloud in a Bottle/Weather
  • Density/Lake Stratification Model
  • Face Painting
  • Fishing in Tahoe
  • Invasive Species
  • Litter and Recycling Relay Race
  • Living with Fire
  • Organism Toss (Producers/Consumers/Decomposers)
  • Paint Your Dream for Lake Tahoe
  • Plant Identification and Dissection
  • Seed Dispersal
  • Take Care Toss
  • Water Conservation
  • Water Cycle
  • Water Quality Monitoring
  • Watershed Model
  • Zooplankton/Microscopes
2015 CESD water cycle

TERC docent Karen Reed teaches small children about the water cycle

Participating Partners (subject to change)

  • Great Basin Outdoor School
  • Incline Village General Improvement District - WasteNot
  • North Lake Tahoe Resort Association
  • Sierra Nevada Americorps Partnership
  • Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships
  • Tahoe City Public Utility District
  • Tahoe Institute for Natural Science
  • Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
  • Tahoe Resource Conservation District
  • Trout Unlimited
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center
  • WET Lab

Location of Event

The 17th Annual Children's Environmental Science Day will be held at Commons Beach in Tahoe City, CA. For directions to the event please visit

2015 CESD water cycle

Under the supervision of Waste Not's Joe Hill, young students get energized and learn about recycling in the recycling relay race