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. (2018 Flyer Coming Soon)

The event is hosted by the North Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (NTEEC), together with 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!

2018 will mark the 18th year for this event and will be held on at Commons Beach in Tahoe City on Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 1 – 4 p.m. For more information, please vist the event facebook page (!/events/941151166059559) or TINS outreach director Sarah Hockensmith, at (775) 298-0067 or

2015 CESD

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

Activities (subject to change)

  • Cloud in a Bottle/Weather
  • Density/Lake Stratification Model
  • Invasive Species
  • Jeopardy
  • Organism Toss (Producers/Consumers/Decomposers)
  • Plant Identification and Dissection
  • 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
  • KidZone Museum
  • League to Save Lake Tahoe
  • Placer County Vector Control
  • Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership
  • Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships
  • Tahoe City Public Utility District
  • Tahoe Institute for Natural Science
  • Tahoe Regional Planning Agency/Take Care
  • Tahoe Resource Conservation District
  • Trout Unlimited
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center

Location of Event

The 18th 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