IMAGE/SARAYUT THANEERAT: This year marks the 51st Earth Day, said to be the world's most popular secular holiday.

For the second year in a row, there will be no Earth Day festival in Reno’s Idlewild Park, but other related activities and celebrations are on the calendar this month.

Whether you prefer in-person activities or virtual experiences, events are scheduled on Earth Day itself, April 22, and in the days before and after the official celebration, from Reno to Carson City to Lake Tahoe.

Here’s a look at some of them:

Eco-friendly art sale


Saturday, April 17: The Sierra Nevada Arts Foundation is sponsoring an Earth Day Art Sale, featuring the works of local artists and craftspeople. The offerings are handmade and eco-friendly.

The event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. at the plaza in front of the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St. Artworks include paintings, photographs, woodcrafts, ceramics and more. Masks are required and COVID-19 precautions will be observed at the outdoor sale.

Details: Sierra Nevada Art Foundation, Earth Day Art Sale on the Plaza.

South Lake Tahoe Earth Week

Monday through Sunday, April 19 – 24: Lake Tahoe is celebrating Earth Day with daily virtual challenge activities to reduce our carbon footprint and protect our climate.  Events include: Mother Nature Monday, April 19; Climate Action Tuesday, April 20; Clean Water Wednesday, April 21; Trash-Free Thursday: April 22; Healthy Forest Friday, April 23; and Sustainability Saturday, April 24. Details online.

Participants in South Lake Tahoe Earth Week activities are encouraged to share their experiences online using the hashtag #earthweektahoeon their preferred social platforms or email photos to

Kids’ story hour online

Thursday, April 22, from 6 to 6:45 p.m.: Carson City Library presents Virtual Earth Day with Talewise, a virtual performance of “Revenge of the Toxic Robot” on Zoom, for elementary school age children and their families.

The plot: When the town’s park is suddenly gated and locked, a group of friends decides to investigate. Their adventure leads them deep into the woods, where they are chased away by an eccentric robot powered by toxic sludge. The friends take on the bully.

Online registration is required. For details or assistance, email

March for a Green New Deal

Saturday, April 24, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.: The march in support of a Green New Deal begins at the Bruce R. Thompson Courthouse and Federal Building, 400 S. Virginia St. in Reno.

The event, organized by Sunrise Movement, is a call to legislators to take bold climate action and features several local speakers. Details on

March for a Green New Deal: At the Bruce R. Thompson Courthouse and Federal Building, 400 S. Virginia St. in Reno.

Walks and Runs

Sparks Earth Day Challenge (run/walk)

Organizers of the Third Annual Earth Day Virtual Challenge are determined to crush last year’s total of 51,023.592 miles. Participants may register online and regularly log the miles they have run or walked.

The goal is that during the month of April (Earth Day Month) we will collectively see how many times we can run the distance of the equator 24,901 miles. Details on Eventbrite.  

Women Who Explore

Sunday, April 18: Women Who Explore, a group with membership details on its Facebook page, will take on the Ophir Loop Trail, a 7-mile hike. Parking is free in the lot just outside the Davis Creek Regional Park, 25 Davis Creek Circle, New Washoe City.

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, Women Who Explore will be limiting the number of attendees per event. In order to comply with these guidelines, each member attending the event is required to register through Eventbrite. Details about the group can be found online.

Discover Your Parks Walks


Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is leading Discover Your Parks Walks in different parks located in Washoe County from April through September, 2021.

Thursday, April 15: Crystal Peak Park walks, beginning at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.. On the0.6-mile trail, hike leaders will discuss regional history and archeology in the area. Well behaved dogs on a leash are welcome on this walk and restrooms are available. Sign up on the link.

Most 2021 walks are on Thursday evenings and start at 6 p.m. Exceptions are Hidden Valley Park at 7:30 p.m. on April 29, the proposed nature study area at 8 p.m. on June 24, and Cottonwood Park at 6:30 p.m. on August 26. Walks vary in distance from half a mile to about 1.5 miles.

Each week, participants can explore a new location and learn about the unique and varied ecology and history of parks in Washoe County. Each hike lasts about an hour. Walks are free and open to everyone. However, capacity is limited and participants must register online for each walk. Comments, questions, or concerns may be sent to

Earth Day history

Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22 with events worldwide in support of the environment and to raise awareness for the environmental protection and care of our planet.

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 is considered to be the birthday of the modern environmental protection movement. It is estimated that more than one billion people worldwide take part in activities on Earth Day, making it the world’s most widely observed secular holiday.

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