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Environmental Day slated for children

Children 8 and older can get their feet wet in environmental science Friday.

The second annual Children’s Environmental Science Day is a free event held at Sand Harbor State Park to educate youngsters on saving Tahoe’s fragile ecosystem.

Nearly 85 children have already registered, and event sponsors said there’s room for 100 more.

Sponsored by The Incline Academy, demonstrations and research projects will be performed by scientists from both sides of the state line.

The day will include a Sand Harbor geology tour by University of Nevada, Reno scientists, bird watching with the Audubon society, crafts with the League to Save Lake Tahoe and a boat ride on the Paradise Hornblower to view lake studies being done by University of California, Davis researchers.

Charles Goldman, U.C. Davis professor of environmental science, will teach participants about measuring lake clarity and examining aquatic life as he samples water from the research vessel John LeConte.

“Giving children an education in conservation has been extremely important for addressing the problems in the Tahoe Basin,” Goldman said. “After all, they are the generation that will inherit Tahoe.”

Registered youth should meet at Sand Harbor at 10 a.m. They will be supervised by Incline Academy teachers. Lunch, T-shirts and educational take-home materials will be provided.

Mabel Salon, U.C. Davis community relations representative, said this year’s event is bigger and better than last year’s, attracting children from as far away as Santa Barbara.

“Last year it was primarily the League and U.C. Davis that had tables. This year we really wanted to make it more of a collaborative community partnership,” Salon said. “We really have a full day of events planned. It’s going to be a great opportunity.”

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