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The (SWEP) Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships and Envirolution groups are getting everyone excited for the Dec. 3rd event with Anna Cummins & the 5 Gyres Institute! Their eco-action art booth: Message in a Bottle, was a huge success the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) Fair at Truckee High School. Tons of community members came by to learn about the event and what they can do to reduce their imprint. Over 40 interactive booths provided hands-on, practical experiences for students to explore college and career options in STEAM fields. Thank you to TTUSD, SWEP, Missy Mohler, the sponsors and the dedicated volunteers who made this awesome event possible!

About the STEAM Fair:

The STEAM Fair at THS features over 40 interactive booths including local and regional experts and representatives from colleges and the district’s high school pathway programs. Each booth provides hands-on, practical experiences for students to explore college and career options in STEAM fields. The STEAM Fair would not be possible without its dedicated volunteer committee and the generous sponsorships provided by the Rotary Club of Truckee, Tahoe Forest Hospital, the Optimist Club, Town of Truckee, Parallax, Excellence in Education and Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.

About SWEP:

SWEP promotes environmental stewardship by connecting students to their community and local environment through comprehensive watershed education and service learning. Students in the Tahoe/Truckee region understand the environment in which they live and are empowered to take action in their community to make a positive difference. Students, together with community partners and teachers, work collaboratively to address relevant environmental and social issues.

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About the 5 Gyres Event December 3rd:

Join the Squaw Valley Institute for a discussion led by Anna Cummins, Dr. Marcus Eriksen, and the 5 Gyres Institute, December 3, 2015 at the Resort at Squaw Creek.  This event will examine the mystifying 5 gyres, tangible methods to reduce plastics pollution, and raise awareness for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and its devastating effects.

Doors open at 5p.m., Event at 6:00 p.m.  All inclusive SVI memberships are available and may be purchased online or at event entrance.  Guests will be able to enjoy the cash bar provided, light snacks, and dinner on your own at Sandy’s pub located near the event. The evening will also feature a live auction, art exhibits and a raffles.  Seating is limited, reserve early to guarantee availability.

Plastic is used virtually everywhere, and is polluting our planet and threatening our oceans at an alarming rate. The Squaw Valley Institute is passionate about bringing attention to this growing situation and helping to open a dialogue about what can be done to combat the problem.

In order to inspire uncommon conversations about this topic within our schools and kids, SVI’s youth program VOY/CE has partnered with Sierra Watershed Educational Partnerships (SWEP).  SWEP is a popular local non-profit organization that promotes environmental stewardship by collaborating with local teachers, school districts and community partners to address pertinent environmental issues. Similarly, SVI’s VOY/CE program is also directed at the school age members of our community and aims to introduce students to thought-provoking topics to create lasting transformations as students expand their view of the world through dedicated time interacting with SVI guest speakers. The VOY/CE program and SWEP’s Green Teams through the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District will meet and interact with Anna Cummins and Dr. Marcus Eriksen in advance of this event. Students will have opportunities to develop and ask meaningful questions, examine and share their own experiences and ideas, and develop a broader understanding of the impact plastic pollution has on our oceans and our local environment.

The evening also features an informative and creative ‘Trashion Show’ presented by the SWEP Envirolution Club, live and silent auctions, interactive art exhibits, and a raffle to benefit SWEP.   Ticket prices are $10 per adult and $5 for students and children. As part of their annual membership, SVI members are admitted at no charge. 


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