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The Endangered Species Faire

We want to give a big BEC Thank You to our amazing 2019 Sponsors!

Are you interested in being a sponsor for the 2020 Endangered Species Faire?

Contact us at (530) 891-6424 or click here to send us an email!


ProSound Audio    Tres Hombres    Celestino's Pizza    Northern Star Mills    Lowe's    Denise's Cupcakes    Mr. Kopy    Bon and Jon's Yogurt Shoppe    Brooklyn Bridge Bagels    Smuckers

Volunteer at this event in 2020!

If you are interested in volunteering at the Endangered Species Faire, click here to sign up! We have a variety of fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities throughout the day and we need your help!

Saturday May 4th, 2019 
11am - 4pm
40th Annual Endangered Species Faire

Click here to check out art from previous years!

40th Annual BEC Endangered Species Faire

This amazing event brings together kids, young and old, and costs over $5,000 to organize and execute.  
Join us to protect and defend our endangered species, wildlife and land for future generations. 

We need YOUR help in making this event possible!

If you missed the 2019 Endangered Species Faire, don't worry! There will be even more opportunities to get involved in 2020.

Bookmark this page to stay current with updates and check back into our website in early Spring of 2020 for more information about the 41st Annual Endangered Species Faire.


What is the Endangered Species Faire?

Endangered Species Faire 2011

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


Click here to read a truly heartwarming article about the 2017 Endangered Species Faire, written by local educator, Paul Belz!


Activities throughout the day

  • Procession of the Species parade 
  • Live, local music on stage
  • FREE Bike Valet parking
  • Rescued animal show (live!)
  • Hands-on learning from over 30 environmental booths
  • An Eco scavenger hunt, hunting for knowledge and collecting experiences – for little prizes
  • Zero Waste – we work with our vendors to achieve 90% of the waste from the day to be recyclable or compostable
  • Feeling a sense of pride that you are a part of a community so actively involved in environmental causes


Keep scrolling for more information about signing up for a booth and for learning about the History of the Faire!

Interested in Having a Booth at the ESF?

We have limited space for vendors and nonprofits, the earlier you send in your application the better. Typically applications open in early Spring so check back on our website or call us at (530) 891-6424 for more information, or to be notified when booth registration re-opens. Please note that booth fees are non-refundable.

If you are a food vendor, please take a look at the Zero Waste Guidelines below that we have created for this event.


Zero Waste Guidelines for Vendors

One of BEC’s goals for this year’s Endangered Species Faire is to make this a zero waste event. By using compostable or recyclable materials, we can reduce the amount we send to disposal to just 10 percent, while composting or recycling 90 percent of waste. By adopting a zero waste method of resource management BEC can minimize harmful effects on the environment and promote sustainability. You can help achieve our goal by using materials and products recognized as zero waste.

Acceptable products and materials: paper products: napkins, cups, paper towels, plain wooden stir sticks, toothpicks and skewers, aluminum foil and cans, glass bottles, paper and reusable bags, corrugated cardboard. 

Unacceptable products and materials: plastic or wax coated paper or cardboard products, plastic stir sticks, toothpicks, and skewers, plastic utensils, plastic water bottles, plastic bags or plastic wrap, styrofoam. *Cardboard coated with wax is NOT compostable, but plain cardboard plates and products are.
You can obtain zero waste products here: World Centric and compostable cardboard products at Chico Natural Food Cooperative



Get Excited...

The Procession of the Species is underway. 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.
Click here to view photo galleries of the wonderful handmade puppets displayed at the Faire. 


History of the Endangered Species Faire

Since 1979, the Butte Environmental Council has been hosting the annual Endangered Species Faire in commemoration of Earth Day.  With a full day of exhibits, activities, presentations and entertainment, approximately 5,000 individuals of all ages visit and participate in Northern California's oldest annual environmental faire held in Bidwell Park.

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!

  Endangered Species Faire    

Local Endangered Species in Butte County

Click here to view a list of endangered, threatened and sensitive species potentially found within the Chico planning area.


To view past Faires, visit