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BEC Events

Current Events

The Butte Environmental Council organizes and hosts several annual community events focused on positive change, on behalf of the environment.
  • The Bidwell Park and Chico Creeks Cleanup: This annual event, in its 33rd year, provides the opportunity for Butte County citizens to work together towards a common goal; protecting our shared natural spaces and waterways. Without regular removal of man-made waste and debris, the water quality of local creeks, channels and streams would be greatly impacted, negatively affecting the flora and fauna dependent on these riparian habitats. Coming together in large numbers to participate in this level of community service has a profoundly positive impact on the personal connection and relationship to our natural spaces, increasing happiness and quality of life.
  • The Endangered Species Faire: This annual event, in its 42nd year, is designed to give local school classrooms, government agencies, environmental organizations and community groups a platform to present information on ecology, wildlife and a host of environmental issues. This year's Faire is virtual, with a lineup of presentations and workshops with an opportunity for Q&A with each presenter. Following the presentations will be the Procession of Species parade, a video of students from the community presenting their endangered species puppets. Traditionally, those who attend the Faire have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and appreciation for the natural world in two ways: by viewing the exhibits and listening to the speakers and performances, or by participating in hands-on educational activities and interaction with knowledgeable experts. The Faire also offers teachers an opportunity to develop an environmental education project as part of their classroom curriculum every spring. This year, due to COVID-related reasons, we are capturing the "spirit" of this beloved event for people of all ages to enjoy from anywhere in the world!


  • The Chico Bicycle Music Festival: This annual event, in its 11th year, combines local music with inspiring ideas on sustainability for transportation, energy use and community gathering. Local musicians are showcased with Live-On-Bike performances and a "pedal-powered" stage that runs off grid, powered by audience members riding stationary bicycles connected to a power generator. This event exemplifies and fun and exciting way to explore ideas of fossil fuel independence. The CBMF is considered a local finale to BIKE Month, a national and local campaign promoting bicycling to work, school and play.
  • The Environmental Community Gathering: This annual event, in its 8th year, provides a lively capstone celebration to the Spring This Way to Sustainability Conference at CSU, Chico and has three main goals. 1) Offer both conference attendees and the community at large a capstone event to share conversations and inspiration they received from the conference with like-minded individuals, harnessing momentum to create solutions to environmental issues. 2) Serve as a platform for local environmental organizations, groups and agencies to showcase their ongoing and recent efforts as well as present opportunities for involvement to those interested. 3) Provide avenues for students and residents of Butte County to become educated and connected to environmental work or volunteering in the area in efforts to bridge the gap between learning and action.
  • The Annual Anniversary Celebration: This year, for BEC's 46th Anniversary Celebration, we are holding a month-long virtual silent auction! See the event page for updates. In the past, the Annual BEC Gala is a time to come together as a community that deeply cares about local, regional, and world-wide environmental issues. This is an opportunity to feel good about the work we've done together and in our personal live to better the health and safety of our shared natural resources. Celebrating 45 years of environmental education, advocacy, and protection is a honor and we want to share it with you. This event features a no-host bar with local beer and wine and a silent auction showcasing beautiful local items and unique experiences to bid on.