Mother Nature Invited |

Mother Nature Invited

Emily Aughinbaugh

Sierra snow or showers won’t dampen Earth Day events this year.

Celebrate Tahoe: Earth Day 2001 will be held in the South Tahoe Middle School multipurpose room Saturday, where 40 informational booths will be set up to educate families about the Lake Tahoe Basin and environmental preservation.

This is the second year the League to Save Lake Tahoe has headed up the festival. Last year, 2,000 people showed up for South Shore Earth Day events. League spokeswoman Heidi Hill Drum said she hopes this year’s attendance is much greater.

“It’s easy to get out of thinking about environmental issues. Earth Day is a way to remind people about the place they live,” Hill Drum said. “We hope tourists will stop by as well so they can be educated about what they can do for the environment while they’re here, like taking the trolley or shuttle to the ski resorts.”

The majority of environmental programs scheduled will be held inside; however the stream walks and hands-on restoration projects are dependent on the weather.

If it’s not snowing or raining, participants can plant vegetation and build fences on California Tahoe Conservancy land. Stream walks are also scheduled to teach people about watershed ecology.

Hill Drum said bare-root trees will be handed out with informational cards so people know how to plant them.

She said kids have plenty to learn about with crafts available and the Lahontan watershed lab.

There will also be native landscaping and Aikido self-defense demonstrations. Food is being provided by Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Center, and Cool Black Kettle, Awesome Possum, Uncle Funkle and Liz Broscoe’s Drumming Troupe will play throughout the day.

Admission is free and those who attend the event will receive a 25 percent discount coupon from Sprouts.

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