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Truckee River Day offers fun, education

Jeff Clemetson, Sierra Sun

Besides offering work projects to rehabilitate the river and surrounding watershed, Truckee River Day is also an educational opportunity.

This year’s Truckee River Day will feature an educational River Day Fair held at the Granite Flat Campground from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 14.

“So many of our projects this year are adult-oriented because they are strenuous, that we felt that we needed to do something else for parents with younger children,” said Truckee River Day Coordinator Janie Collomb.

A children’s clean-up project will begin with a puppet show performed by Tahoe-Truckee High School global studies students. There will be room for only 200 children on the clean up, so registering early is encouraged.

“The whole idea is to get the kids involved,” Collomb said. “It’s an interactive puppet show to get them to realize that people are making messes of the animals’ homes.”

One of the features of the River Day Fair will be an “interactive adventure booklet” that guides children through the various activities.

“Each activity will have clues or questions or something to do – rubbing something, rubbing a bark or figuring out a pine cone,” Collomb said.

Activities in the River Day Fair adventure booklet include microscope workshops, a noxious weed hunt, an audio display of local bird calls, information on environmental camping, animal and fish habitat displays, trail building and a recycling booth.

“We want it to be a total learning experience,” Collomb said. “There’s nothing that’s going to be there that’s just static. It’s not like you walk up to the booth and just blah look at it.”

After the children finish an activity in the adventure book, they get it stamped. When they get the right number of stamps, they can have their picture made with Smokey the Bear, Collomb said.

Some of the groups sponsoring the activities include Truckee Fire District, US Forest Service, Truckee High School and Sierra Mountain Middle School classes, Truckee Elementary’s GATE class, League to Save Lake Tahoe, TRAM, Truckee Sanitary District and Town of Truckee Recycling.

“We’ve never had this many (groups),” Collomb said.

Because parking at Granite Flat is limited, families are encouraged to park in Truckee and ride the Tahoe Trolley to the River Day Fair. Truckee High School, Sierra Mountain Middle School and Truckee Elementary will have their parking lots open to fairgoers. The Trolley will start at 11 a.m. and run through 5 p.m.

Even with the school lots open, Collomb said there still might not be enough parking for the number of people expected to show up for Truckee River Day.

“Truckee River Day is getting so big,” she said, “We are not going to be surprised if a thousand people show up.”

To register a spot in the clean up or a Truckee River Day activity, stop by Mt. Hardware, Safeway, Albertsons, the Villager Nursery or Los Altos Restaurant. To register online, go to http://www.geocities.com /trday2001. For information, call 587-4509.


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