The Endangered Species Faire is a Free event for all ages, with environmental education being offered alongside music, eco-entertainment, a rescued animal show, and a larger than life puppet parade.
"Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty." ~Albert Einstein
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Check out this great resource to make your own puppets.
The Procession of the Species is underway. We offer puppet-making workshops to schools, and a puppet-making handbook to any individual or organization who would like to participate in the parade.
The Procession takes place on the day of the faire involving approximately 400 children from local schools who have made papier-mâché puppets of endangered species. The children learn about what threatens these animals’ habitats and about environmental conservation efforts. Over a six week period we work with students to help them create their puppets, for the final event.
This year FISHBIO has collaborated with Butte Environmental Council to host the Salmon Run in Lower Bidwell Park. The run will start at 8:30 a.m. and will end at the start of the Faire. All ages and fitness levels are welcome to particpate at their own pace in this family-friendly event. Prizes will be rewarded to the fastest runners. To register for the Salmon Run click here.
Map of the New Location - One-Mile
If you'd like to help keep the Faire FREE to the public, please consider becoming a Friend of the Faire. Donate today and help make this event possible. Donations over $50 get you a t-shirt.
The Faire is designed to give local school classrooms, government agencies, environmental organizations and community groups a public forum to present information on ecology, wildlife and a host of environmental issues. The Faire offers teachers an opportunity to develop an environmental education project as part of their classroom curriculum. Schools from the districts of Chico, Paradise, Durham, Oroville, Corning, and Orland participate in the resource fair, making K-12 grade students the primary participants and visitors of the Faire. Each class researches an environmental challenge, illustrates the problem and possible solutions, and presents their results to the general public as part of a booth display or activity. The Faire facilitates networking between teachers and students, state and federal resource agencies, and environmental organizations.
During the past decades, the Faire has evolved from a local event into one of regional recognition. Participants and visitors now come from all over Northern California to attend. As visitors to the Faire, everyone who attends has the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and appreciation for the natural world in two ways: by simply viewing the exhibits and listening to the speakers and performances, or by participating in hands-on educational activities and interaction with knowledgeable experts. The beautiful setting, enjoyable entertainment, wholesome food and educational experiences available at the Faire have made it Chico's favorite springtime tradition!
Click here to view a list of endangered, threatened and sensitive species potentially found within the Chico planning area.