This year for Earth Day on April 22, 2018, the Natural Resources Department celebrated by teaming up with Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and the 5th grade class of Natchez Elementary School to have a community clean-up near the Wadsworth Community Center. There was plenty of trash for everyone to pick up, and they even got to see some wildlife! After the clean up, KTMB held a small presentation about recycling, how trash can be generated and what the students can do to minimize their waste. Everyone was enthusiastic to learn how they can do better for the environment.
On April 21, 2017 the Natural Resources Department celebrated Earth Day by teaming up with Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and the 5th and 6th grade of Natchez Elementary School to have a beach clean up on the North Nets Beach at Pyramid Lake. The students grouped up with each other equipped with gloves, trash bags and combed the beach picking up any debris that could fit into their bags. After the clean up, KTMB held a small presentation about recycling, how trash can be generated and what the students can do to minimize their waste. Students were amazed on how long trash can survive in a land field. After the students participated in fun recycling games they ended the day with a sandwich lunch and snacks.
For Earth Day on April 22, 2016, the Natural Resources Department coordinated with students from Natchez Elementary School in Wadsworth to plant native plants in the Hoop House area in Nixon. The students learned how to properly dig a hole to ensure the plant would survive and many other various techniques to ensure it would continue to thrive and hopefully grow enough to harvest. They planted native corn, squash, pumpkins, elder berries, service berries and other various native plants. Afterwards they enjoyed a well earned BBQ lunch where they listened to many presentations on how we can help the environment everyday from recycling every day consumables to conserving water and teaching their peers on what they learned from the day.