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 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Commons Beach in Tahoe City. For more information please contact education and outreach director Heather Segale, at (775) 881-7562 or for more information.

Sunday Schedule

  • 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Set-Up
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Volunteer lunch (sponsored by T's Rotisserie)
  • 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Hands-on science activities for kids ages 6+
  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Food vendor set-up
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Breakdown and MumboGumbo Concert starts


  • Watershed Model
  • Density/Seiche Model
  • Water Quality Monitoring, Benthic Macroinvertebrates
  • Fishing in Tahoe
  • Cloud in a Bottle/Water Cycle
  • Plant Identification and dissection
  • Invasive Species/Eyes on the Lake
  • Zooplankton/Microscopes
  • Face Painting
  • Organism Toss (Producers/Consumers/Decomposers)
  • Bird Identification
  • Water Conservation
  • Litter and Recycling Game
  • Living with Fire

Participating Partners

  • IVGID WasteNot
  • Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park
  • League to Save Lake Tahoe
  • Parasol Americorps
  • Sierra Nevada Americorps Partnership
  • Sierra Watershed Education Partnership
  • Tahoe City Public Utility District
  • Tahoe Institute for Natural Sciences
  • Tahoe Regional Conservation District
  • Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
  • Trout Unlimited
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • US Fish and Wildlife
  • US Forest Service

Location of Event

The 16th Annual Children's Environmental Science Day is part of the Concert Series at Commons Beach in Tahoe City, CA. For directions to the event please visit the Commons Beach Summer Concert Series Website.

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