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No Earth Day Event this Year at Reno’s Idlewild Park; Celebrations to be held Elsewhere


Reno Earth Day celebration.

Reno’s annual Earth Day celebration at Idlewild Park will be a no-go this weekend as the volunteer-run event has decided to take a break and return next year, according to organizers. However, Mayberry Park and other venues regionally are planning to host Earth Day celebrations this weekend or the following weekend.

The year off at Idlewild Park will reportedly be used to recalibrate and build up resources and support that will allow volunteers to give the event the attention it needs. The event has been at Idlewild Park the past 7 years and has grown substantially, according to www.renoearthday.org.

“Easter (on April 21) is also on the usual Earth Day weekend this year, making it the perfect year to take a break and come back strong in 2020,” the website states.

Reno Earth Day encourages people to participate in other events that will take place and to provide ideas through its web site for next year’s celebration.

Mayberry Park in Northwest Reno hosts Truckee Meadows Earth Day on April 28, which consists of live music and performances, yoga, a kid zone, scavenger hunts, bird watching, urban farm tour, arborist-led tree walks and valet parking for bicycles, among other activities.

Truckee Meadows Earth Day’s theme is “protect our pollinators,” as is Carson City’s Earth Day event. Protecting bees is one of several campaigns internationally that the Earth Day Network is promoting. Plants need bees to pollinate.

The region has the following Earth Day-related events scheduled:

  • Tahoe Truckee Earth Day is planned from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 20 at the Village at Squaw Valley, 1750 Village East Road, Olympic Valley.
  • Reno’s Midtown District holds an Earth Day event from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 20 outside Crystal Cove, 737 S. Virginia St. Call 775-360-6228 for more information.
  • A panel discussion on climate change is planned from 5 to 7:30 p.m. April 22 in Room 124 at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center at the University of Nevada, Reno. An Earth Day celebration is also scheduled that day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the Joe Crowley Student Union on campus.
  • Western Nevada College in Carson City holds a series of events from April 22-26 to mark Earth Week, including a campus cleanup, environmental lectures/discussions and an event focusing on bees.
  • South Lake Earth Day is planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at Bijou Community Park, 1201 Al Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe.
  • The 14th annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival, put on by the Sierra Nevada Alliance, is planned from 2 to 9 p.m. April 27 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, 15 U.S. 50, Stateline.
  • Truckee Meadows Earth Day is planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mayberry Park, 101 Woodland Avenue, Reno.
  • Carson City Earth Day is planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28 at the Foreman-Roberts House, 1207 N. Carson St.

Earth Day began in 1970 and is officially on April 22.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is offering free transit rides April 22 in honor of Earth Day:



  • Earth Day Network: https://www.earthday.org
  • Reno Earth Day: http://www.renoearthday.org
  • Truckee Meadows Earth Day: http://tmearthday.com/?fbclid=IwAR1oFwwPNMozKMlM7oP9YpdwNN6xY-tmw9gP6XT0UPFbKMJQ5GSsvWxgY-E
  • Tahoe Truckee Earth Day: http://tahoetruckeeearthday.com
  • South Lake Earth Day: http://southtahoeearthday.org
  • Wild and Scenic Film Festival: https://sierranevadaalliance.org
  • UNR Panel on Climate Change: https://events.unr.edu/event/panel_on_climate_change#.XLEbPC2ZOu4
  • Western Nevada College Earth Week: https://www.wnc.edu/wnc-to-celebrate-earth-day-week-april-22-26/
Carla O'Day
Carla O'Day
Carla has an undergraduate degree in journalism and more than 10 years experience as a daily newspaper reporter. She grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., moved to the Reno area in 2002 and wrote for the Reno Gazette-Journal for 8 years, covering a variety of topics. Prior to that, she covered local government in Fort Pierce, Fla.




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