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The Endangered Species Faire

2019 is the 40th Annual Endangered Species Faire!

Saturday May 4th, 2019 11:00am - 4:00 pm

40th on the 4th!!!

May the 4th be with you!


Become a Friend of the Faire and get a FREE t-shirt*! 

This amazing event brings together kids, young and old, and costs over $5,000 to organize and execute.  
BEC needs your help more than ever to continue the tradition and values of the faire. 
It is critical for us to protect and defend our endangered species, wildlife and land for future generations. 
We need YOUR help in making this possible.
Click here to make a digital contribution to the 40th Annual Endangered Species Faire!
*FREE t-shirt with minimum $50 donation

Volunteer at this event!

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


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

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

New To The Faire

This year all event attendees will recieve free admission to the Chico Creek Nature Center, home of the Janeece Webb Living Animal Museum! We are also happy to announce the addition of a second stage, which will hold story telling and live shows!

Vendor Registration

Click here to register. 

We have limited space for vendors, the earlier you send in your application the better. Please do not pay the registration fee until we contact you directly. All new vendors must be approved, returning vendors will have priority. Registration fee for this event is $75.00. All fees are non-refundable. 

Non-Profit Registration

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The deadline for applications is April 15, 2019. The fees go as followed:

Non-Profit groups is $45.00

Government Agencies is $55.00

The cost for Schools is FREE

New! This year we will have a limited number of double booth spaces available for non-profits and government agencies. They are on a first come first serve basis and charges will be per space. 

By registering, participants understand that the fees are non-refundable. 

Activities throughout the day

  • Procession of the Species parade 
  • Live music on stage
  • 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.  
  • FREE Bike Valet parking
  • An Eco scavenger hunt, hunting for knowledge and collecting experiences – for little prizes.
  • Feeling a sense of pride that you are a part of a community so actively involved in environmental causes.


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



We Want to Give a Big BEC Thank You to our 2019 Sponsors:


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

Are you interested in being a sponsor for the 2019 Endangered Species Faire?

Contact us at (530) 891-6424


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    

Thank you to the amazing community spirit of the 2017 events sponsors:


* Sierra Nevada Brewery * Klean Kanteen * Orchard Suppy Hardware

* Chico VELO * Chico News & Review * ProSound Audio

* In Tents Events * The Printed Image * Recology * Greenline Cycles


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