The annual Reno Earth Day celebration returns to Idlewild Park on Sunday, April 23, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is one of Reno’s most popular big events and there is something to do for everyone in the family. Attending Reno Earth Day is free, including musical entertainment, kid activities, food trucks and lots of information about environmentally friendly products and services. Exhibits and activities at Reno Earth Day are divided into several theme areas.

  • Earth Day Around the World
  • Earth Day Spa
  • Animalia Kingdom
  • The Artists’ Grove
  • Earth Innovations
  • The Garden
  • The Great Outdoors
  • Future of Transportation
  • Many Spokes for Many Folks
  • Third Party Theme Areas

There are also ways you can participate through Reno Earth Day contests and activities…

  • Upcycled Trashion Show 2017
  • Pet Fashion Show 2017
  • Edible Art Themed Contest
  • Free Community eCycle Event
  • Poster Art Showcase 2017

Go to “Reno Earth Day Celebration” for more details about the event and to learn about some of the practical stuff like parking and transportation to Idlewild Park.

Up in the north Lake Tahoe area, you can enjoy Tahoe Truckee Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, 2017. At the other end of the lake, South Tahoe Earth Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2017. More information about both of these events is available from my Earth Day article.

Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is leading free walks in different parks located in Washoe County from April 6 through September 28, 2017. April walks start at 6 p.m. and the remainder start at 7 p.m. All walks are on Thursday evenings and are half a mile to about 1.5 miles. Each week, you can explore a new location and learn about the unique and varied ecology and history of parks in our area. Plan on spending a bit over an hour on each hike. Walks are open to everyone.

The next walk, on April 20, 2017, will be at Idlewild Park in Reno. Others follow each Thursday evening through September. Get additional information from “Discover Your Parks Walks in Washoe County.”

  • April 6 – Mayberry Park and Tom Cooke Trailhead
  • April 13 – Sparks Marina Park
  • April 20 – Idlewild Park
  • April 27 – Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
  • May 4 – Dorostkar Park
  • May 11 – Wedekind Regional Park – Disc Drive Trailhead
  • May 18 – Virginia Lake Park
  • May 25 – Huffaker Hills Lookout Trail
  • June 1 – Swan Lake Nature Study Area
  • June 8 – Pah Rah Interpretive Trail & Golden Eagle Regional Park
  • June 15 – Sierra Vista Park
  • June 22 – Sun Valley Memorial Walk
  • June 29 – Galena Creek Regional Park, North Entrance
  • July 6 – Oxbow Nature Study Area
  • July 13 – Lazy 5 Regional Park
  • July 20 – Davis Creek Regional Park
  • July 27 – Hidden Valley Regional Park
  • August 3 – Wingfield & Barbara Bennet Park
  • August 10 – Valley Wood Park Trail
  • August 17 – Wilson Commons Park
  • August 24 – Teglia’s Paradise Park
  • August 31 – Glendale Park
  • September 7 – Mira Loma Park
  • September 14 – Crystal Peak Park
  • September 21 – Rainbow Ridge Park Loop
  • September 28 – Lockwood Trailhead

Nevada Humane Society, Fido Fest, Reno
This event is sponsored by Nevada Humane Society and features everything for the dog lover (and pet lover) by bringing together local businesses and adoptable dogs for one big celebration. Fido Fest is hosted by and at The Summit in South Reno and will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Adoptable dogs and vendors will be located in the Center Plaza between Vans and Tilly’s. There will be food trucks, specials at some Summit stores, give-aways, and live entertainment.

There will be a Fido Fest After Party at Nevada Humane Society in Reno with even more dogs for adoption. The shelter is open until 6:30 p.m. Families looking to adopt are encouraged to bring kids and other dogs to make sure everyone gets along.

The shelter is located at 2825 Longley Lane in Reno and is open Sunday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (775) 856-2000.

Source: Nevada Humane Society press release.