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The Endangered Species Faire

Endangered Species Education NOW ONLINE!

The impact of COVID-19 has presented challenges for us to host this event in person at Cedar Grove this year. But do not fear.. The educational lessons and activities that are normally provided in schools at this time, are now available here online! Please browse the links below and dowload the lessons and activities for FREE! Awareness of habitat loss, and how it affects the endless list of species of plants and animals, is imperative to making the right changes. You can get creative with your kiddos at home and incorporate essential education about species and habitat while doing so.


Interactive Educational Activites and Lessons at Home


Puppetry Handbook Should We Care? Biodiversity Loss Documentary
Run4Salmon Curriculum What is Biodiversity? Habitat Loss Dcumentary
Intro to Endangered Species Human Impacts on Biodiversity Climate Change and its Effects


A huge THANK YOU to our Friends of the Faire, because of you, we can weather the storm and continue providing these resources to our community!

BEC has organized and hosted the ESF for 4 decades in Bidwell Park to ensure there is a festive and education based event in Butte County with the purpose of celebrating endangered species and protecting them by learning about what threatens them.

About BEC's Annual Endangeres Species Faire

The Annnual Endangered Species Faire is a FREE event for all ages that showcases environmental education alongside music, eco-entertainment, a rescued animal show, and a larger than life puppet paradeJoin us to protect and defend our endangered species, wildlife and land for future generations. This annual event brings together the community of Butte County at large to celebrate the beautiful species that we share the Earth with and gain critical knowledge about what endangers them. We need YOUR help in making this event possible! If you missed the 2019 Endangered Species Faire, don't worry! You can join us on May 2nd 2020 and experience the faire, or you can go a step further and volunteer to help this year. Info. about volunteering coming soon.

"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, 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
  • Zero Waste – we work with our vendors to achieve zero waste through this large scale event
  • Feeling a sense of pride that you are a part of a community so actively involved in environmental causes

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

Get Excited... For the Procession of the Species!

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.

If you'd like to make endangered species puppets this year, please contact Julia at the BEC Office, (530) 891-6424.


History of the Endangered Species Faire

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

Click to Find Endangered Species in Butte County