Keep Tahoe Blue Schools
Keep Tahoe Blue Schools is the League’s youth education program to provide environmental science and stewardship experiences for Lake Tahoe area students. Youth represent the next generation of Lake Tahoe stewards. The League aims to connect Tahoe’s students with their environment and to foster a lifelong sense of appreciation, respect, and responsibility for Lake Tahoe through place-based education.
The League partners with local organizations and agencies, teaches lessons in classrooms and on field trips, and includes an innovative multidisciplinary program, Curriculum for Lake Education, Awareness, and Responsibility (CLEAR), based on Common Core Standards to provide long-term, in-depth learning opportunities spanning weeks or months. So far in 2016, the Keep Tahoe Blue Schools has taught more than 2,000 students in classrooms and at field trips. All of these lessons are taught directly to students by League staff and are intended to replace existing student course work with Tahoe-based examples using real data from League programs. This ensures that students are achieving their state mandated requirements but with local Tahoe examples that they can carry over to everyday life without adding any additional work for local teachers. Ultimately, the League’s Keep Tahoe Blue Schools programs are a win-win-win for teachers, students, and Lake Tahoe.
Support for this program comes from the Sand Hill Foundation, the Clif Bar family foundation, Vail Resorts EpicPromise, the Mellam Family Foundation and the Eucalyptus Foundation.
The League hosts bi-weekly presentations at one of the largest hotels on the South Shore. Many of Tahoe's visitors now have the opportunity to learn about the unique features that make Tahoe so special, the history of the League’s work, some current threats to Tahoe’s inspiring clarity and, most importantly, what everyone can do to help Keep Tahoe Blue. Bi-weekly presentations by a League staff member engage Tahoe enthusiasts by providing them with the knowledge to protect what they love and become true stewards of the lake.
Tahoe Environmental Research Center
The League donated the first $100,000 to launch the fundraising effort for TERC in Incline Village. TERC is a section of the UC Davis Institute of the Environment. UC Davis research at Lake Tahoe began with famed researcher Dr. Charles Goldman in 1959, who first documented Lake Tahoe’s clarity decline. The center is committed to providing objective scientific information for restoration and sustainable use of the Lake Tahoe Basin. Today, it is a perfect place to take a group of students to learn about the science, history and stewardship of Lake Tahoe. In addition to research laboratories, the center features excellent educational displays about Lake Tahoe’s unique clarity and the science behind saving it.
UC Davis and Charles Goldman
The League has long supported the efforts of Dr. Charles Goldman, who first began studying Lake Tahoe’s clarity in the 1950s. The League helped fund several documentary films highlighting Goldman’s research.