By Kayla Anderson | Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Photo of Lake Tahoe

One of the main draws of visiting and/or living in Lake Tahoe is the pristine natural environment that is so unique from other places. To keep it this way, Earth Day is Lake Tahoe’s favorite holiday…and local schools and organizations are hosting Earth walks, habitat box events, community cleanups, and other educational activities to help us remember how to connect and restore the idyllic place we call home. 

Along with Incline Middle School’s Ms. Wierzbicki teaching a “History of Earth Day” lesson with her sixth graders (and a “Cookie Mining” non-renewable/renewable resources lesson with her eighth graders) as well as the Lake Tahoe School taking their fourth graders on an Earth Walk, here are some other fun Earth Day events going on in North Lake Tahoe this weekend and throughout April: 

April 22, 4pm-5:30pm: Earth Day Wildlife Habitat Box Creation at the Incline Village Library

Earth Day is coming up this weekend and the Washoe County Library System is celebrating by inviting kids and teens to explore the wonders outdoors while crafting a habitat box that documents their experience. This event is open to anyone 10 years or older and the library encourages people to, “Bring an open mind and as you follow your feet, the earth will teach.” Click here to register. 

Fridays Throughout April, 9am-4pm: Tahoe Trash Challenge

The Tahoe Blue Crew of Incline Village & Crystal Bay is seeking volunteers to help pick up litter in the IV/CB community. If you are interested in helping keep the East Shore clean, then visit IVIGD’s Public Works building on 1220 Sweetwater Road between 9am-4pm to sign waivers and get supplies. After your session, report your finds on the Citizen Science Tahoe app under the “That’s Not Natural” tab as well as with The League to Save Lake Tahoe (you can also fill out and turn in a data card provided with the cleanup kits) for a chance to win great prizes. 

Save the date for the Independence Day Cleanup on July 5 at Aspen Grove and the Great Sierra Beach Cleanup on September 17. All children must be accompanied by an adult for formal participation in these events. Supplies available to use include bags, buckets, gloves, pickup tools, safety vests, and disposable masks. It’s best to wear sturdy shoes, a long-sleeved shirt, work gloves, and a wide-brimmed hat while picking up litter.

And whether you are participating in the Tahoe Trash Challenge or just walking to school, the store, or Starbucks, make sure you leave your trail better than how you found it by picking up trash or litter along the way. 

April 23, 11am-5pm: Tahoe Truckee Earth Day at Palisades Tahoe

This Saturday, April 23, Palisades Tahoe is hosting its annual Tahoe Truckee Earth Day celebration with all kinds of activities, displays, live entertainment, a student exhibition, and sustainability groups taking over the Village. From 11am-5pm, people can find out what it takes to keep Tahoe green, learn about innovations and sustainable services in the area, and meet the forerunners of those making substantial changes in preserving Tahoe’s forests, lakes, and waterways. 

Along with live music and hands-on activities based around sustainability, composting, alternative energy, and more, there will also be popular events such as the Envirolution Trashion fashion show and Climate Stripes exhibit, in which students from the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and partners show a visual representation of the temperature change over time around the world over by the tram. 

One of the more exciting additions to Tahoe Truckee Earth Day is the new used lithium-ion battery drive-thru disposal booth thanks to a partnership between the Tahoe-Truckee Earth Day Foundation, the Rotary Club of Incline Village, Redwood Materials, and Tahoe Interact Clubs. 

Lithium batteries can’t be sent to landfills because they are made with hazardous elements that can leak into the earth and contaminate our groundwater. Therefore, this is a terrific opportunity for Tesla, electric car, and other lithium-powered device owners to properly dispose of their used batteries by dropping them off at the parking lot closest to the Auld Dubliner and Fireside Pizza during Saturday’s Earth Day event. 

“Founded by JB Straubel, Tesla co-founder and former CTO, Redwood’s focus is to take both end-of-life electric vehicle batteries and other lithium-ion powered consumer devices and recycle, refine, and remanufacture them into new products. We know that if we recover materials from old products (which can be sustainably broken down to their raw metals nearly infinitely), we significantly decrease society’s reliance on newly mined materials and can build more clean energy products locally,” says Sonja Koch of Redwood Materials. 

At Tahoe Truckee Earth Day, the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center will also name the grand prize winner of its Save Our Snow social media campaign who will take home a 2022/23 Palisades season pass. 

The main sponsors of Tahoe Truckee Earth Day include: Drink Tahoe Tap, Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline, IVGID, Redwood Materials, Truckee Noon Rotary, Keep Truckee Green, and the Truckee Sanitary District. This is a zero-waste event, so remember to bring your reusable water bottles, utensils, and containers. 

Anytime: Go on an Earth Walk at the Incline Village/Crystal Bay Visitor Center

Using a combination of nature immersion and forest bathing, practicing Mindful Earth Walking has proven physical, neurological, and mental benefits. While anyone can take an “Earth Walk” anytime from wherever they are just by slowing down and paying attention to what you hear, smell, feel and see in nature, fortunately, there is an official Earth Walk site right here in Incline Village over at the Incline Village/Crystal Bay Visitor Center on Highway 28. Purchase an Earth Walk guidebook from the visitor center (or download it from the Sustain Tahoe website) and follow the half-mile trail around Third Creek as you soak in the nature around you. 

Happy Earth Day Everybody!

About the Author Kayla Anderson
Kayla Anderson is a North Lake Tahoe-based freelance writer who regularly contributes to the Sparks Tribune, Tahoe Weekly and Tahoe.com Magazine.