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The Endangered Species Faire

Endangered Species Faire 2011

Thank you to the sponsors, staff, and volunteers at our 2014 Endangered Species Faire!

 

Mark your calendar and join us next year: Saturday, May 2, 2015.

11am - 5pm

One Mile Picnic Area
in Lower Bidwell Park
 

The Endangered Species Faire is a Free event open to the whole community.  This year we are moving the Faire to the Group Picnic Area at One Mile in Lower Bidwell Park for the shade of oak trees and better accessibility.

 

 

  • Hands-on learning from over 30 environmental booths.
  • Free vegetable starts to get kids working with the soil and learning where their food comes from. 
  • Zero waste – we are working with our vendors to achieve 90% of the waste from the day to be recyclable or compostable.  Bike Valet provided by Chico Velo.
  • An Eco scavenger hunt will be happening to engage kids on a deeper level – hunting for knowledge and collecting experiences – for little prizes.
  • The Nature Bowl Games, an eco-competition
  • Making instruments out of garbage and water cycle necklaces out of colored beads
  • Water quality sampling of Big Chico Creek
  • Feeling a sense of pride that you are a part of a community so actively involved in environmental causes.

 

Map of the New Location - One-Mile

Map of One Mile Group Picnic Area Bidwell Park

Thank you to the amazing community spirit of the 2014 events sponsors:

Sierra Nevada Brewery * Chico VeloChico * News and Review * KZFR * Klean Kanteen
ProSound Audio * Printed Image * Barris Family Farm * In Tents Events * Recology * Smuckers

   

Puppets in the Procession of the Species

The Procession of the Species

The Procession of the Species preparations for the Endangered Species Faire will be underway next Spring. 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 390 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.  During the spring, we conduct puppet making workshops at schools and for the community. School children and community members who have made a puppet will participate in a colorful, lively parade through the park, circling around the Endangered Species Faire event, concluding at the stage with a brief performance.  

Click here to view photo galleries of the wonderful handmade puppets displayed at the Faire.

Become a Friend of the Faire!

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. 

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 fair 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 www.endangeredspeciesfaire.org