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The 38th Annual Endangered Species Faire

The Endangered Species Faire is a free event for all ages that teaches, entertains and inspires! Come join us! 

Endangered Species Faire 2011

The 38th Annual Endangered Species Faire

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

11am - 4pm

One Mile Picnic Area
in Lower Bidwell Park



"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

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 is being provided by Chico Velo.
  • 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.

11:00          Park Pals of Parkview Elementary School
11:30        Procession of the Species
12:15       Alice Peake Experience
1:00      The Rugs
1:30       Siena Kelly
2:00       Thick and Thin
2:45       Wild Things -Live Animal Show
4:00      GOOD-BYE!



12: 30 -1:15 Storytelling for a Greener World
1:45 - 2:45 Poetry Hour: All Welcome to Read a Poem

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

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 or below to register for a booth at the Faire! 

We Want to Give a Big BEC Thank You to our 2017 Sponsors:

Sierra Nevada Brewing CompanyThe Printed  Image Logo Orchard Supply Hardware Logo

Klean Kanteen Logo     Greenline Cycles Logo 

Chico News & Review      Recology Logo 

InTents Events     ProSound Audio      Chico Velo


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 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    

Thank you to the amazing community spirit of the 2016 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


Contact Phone: 
(530) 891-6424
Date of Event: 
May 6, 2017:
11:00am to 4:00pm
Type of Event: 
Endangered Species Fair