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League kicks off summer with new education center

Jack Barnwell
Alexandria and Maxim Pickett learn about invasive plant species during the Summer Kickoff celebration at the League to Save Lake Tahoe on Friday.
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Fun, sun and education kicked off the League to Save Lake Tahoe’s summer as 150 people celebrated at the grand re-opening of its education center on Friday.

The Summer Kickoff celebration included hands on activities for kids, invasive plant species trivia, scavenger hunt and a 1950s’ good, clean fun theme.

Jesse Patterson, deputy executive director for the League, said the event provided a way to celebrate what the community has done for the nonprofit organization.

“We want to thank our volunteers and the community for the support they gave,” Patterson said.

Friday also marked the official re-opening of an upscale and remodeled education center at the League’s headquarters.

The new exhibits combine hands-on tactile learning with up-to-date technology, audio stations with stories from League staff and volunteers, new visual displays portraying the lake’s environment, and a scaled version of how the water clarity has been measured since 1969.

Patterson said the tactile interface tends to leave a solid impression on people.

The center was renamed to honor Fritzi and David Huntington, two stalwart environmentalists and supporters of Lake Tahoe. David Huntington died in Nov. 1991 and Fritzi Huntington in March 2011.

“They loved environmental education,” said Darcie Goodman-Collins, the League’s executive director, during the education center ribbon-cutting ceremony. Goodman-Collins added that with the revamped education center, people would have the opportunity to learn about Lake Tahoe’s environment.

South Lake Tahoe resident Tom Hoke agreed the education center had its appeal.

“It’s very eye-catching and is definitely interactive,” Hoke said. “It allows people to get in and see the difference the League is making to improve Lake Tahoe.”

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