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Annual North Tahoe kids science day moving to Commons Beach

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TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center will host its 16th annual Children's Environmental Science Day on Sunday, Aug. 2, at Commons Beach in Tahoe City.

The event will take place from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., with a Mumbo Gumbo concert to begin at 4 p.m. as part of the Sunday Concerts at Commons Beach series.

The carnival-style science festival will include 10 hands-on science activities and games. These activities will cover lake clarity and physics, lake level, water quality, water conservation, fish, invasive species, fire and forests, climate change, litter and recycling, stewardship, and more, and will be facilitated by some of the Tahoe basin's leading environmental organizations.

Partnering organizations include Great Basin Outdoor School, IVGID Waste Not, Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships, Tahoe City Downtown Association, Tahoe City Public Utility District, Tahoe Institute for Natural Sciences, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Tahoe Resource Conservation District, Trout Unlimited, Western Environmental Testing Laboratory, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Children's Environmental Science Day is a free community event for children ages 4 and up and their families, hosted by UC Davis scientists, staff, and local Lake Tahoe agencies and organizations.

This year's activities are designed to create an awareness of the unique ecology of Lake Tahoe and provide an opportunity for young and old alike to learn about science and the environment and have fun.

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Children's Environmental Science Day began in 1999 with Dr. Charles Goldman, founder of the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center. This event has been a highlight of the year for many children and parents and brings science knowledge about Lake Tahoe to the youth that will be protecting it in the future.

Historically, it has been held at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences facility in Incline Village, but this year officials decided to bring it to the beach where everyone can see the lake while learning.

For information, visit terc.ucdavis.edu/ed-outreach/ed-programs/cesd.html, or contact Diana Hitchen, Education Program Assistant with TERC, at 775-881-7560 ext. 7483 or dkhitchen@ucdavis.edu.