The Nature Conservancy Will Host an Outdoor Environmental Event

In honor of Earth Day, The Nature Conservancy and U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host an outdoor environmental education event for approximately 250 Washoe County School District children on Friday April 22, 2011 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. This will be the fourth year that the Truckee River Environmental Education (TREE) Day will be taking place at The Nature Conservancy's McCarran Ranch Preserve.

This community environmental education event promises to be a great opportunity for local school children to explore nature. Approximately 250 school children will be rotated through several hands-on activities to learn about wetland habitats and wildlife, river meander/restoration, water quality, native and invasive plants, and re-vegetation. In the week leading up to this McCarran Ranch visit, an activity book is distributed to all students so that they can begin to learn about these topics in their classrooms.

Arranged in advance, The Nature Conservancy and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provide funding for bus transportation, as well as provide the activity books and water bottles for the students and teachers, so there is no cost to the schools.

About The Nature Conservancy : From Red Rock Canyon to Independence Lake, the Nevada Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and its partners have been protecting Nevada's Last Great Places since 1967. Among The Conservancy's smaller chapters, the Nevada Chapter was its first to safeguard one million acres. The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

About U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit

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