Truckee River in Downtown Reno

Sustainable Tourism – Ways to Get Involved

We are so glad you love our beautiful destination as much as we do!  As part of our responsible travel efforts, you’ll find a list of organizations that are committed to preserving our destination for generations to come! Please check their event calendars to see when organized clean-ups are scheduled or other ways you might get involved.

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful

Dedicated to creating a more sustainable and beautiful region, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful hosts various events throughout the region all to serve their mission of waste reduction, education and active community involvement. Ways to get involved include their annual Raise the River fundraiser dinner, or their Great Community Cleanup. There are always volunteer opportunities available. Most recently KTMB volunteers planted flowers beside the new ReTRAC mural in Downtown Reno.  

One Truckee River          

Because everyone loves the Truckee River, and it really is the heart of downtown Reno. One Truckee River is a collaboration of public and private partners whose mission is to ensure a healthy and sustained river connected to the hearts and minds of the community. Not only does the Truckee River serve as a playground, but it is our local water source. Ways you can get involved in water conservation such as taking shorter showers, turning off lights when not in use and unplugging chargers.

Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation

Incorporated in 2012, the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is committed to protecting and enhancing our community parks, open spaces and trails through public engagement and education. Truckee Meadows Park Foundation offers many programs where you can get involved while exploring our beautiful community. Programs include the Truckee Meadows Trail Challenge and Discover Your Parks Walks or Youth Programs like the Junior Naturalist Program and Student Stewards Program.

Clean Up The Lake

The mission – fight back against plastic and all forms of pollution both on land and under the surface. Clean Up The Lake performs scuba cleanups removing trash left below the surface to preserve the lake’s water clarity. Their big event is called The 72 Miles Scuba Clean Up and is projected to be the largest trash clean up in Lake Tahoe’s history. Ways you can help include donations, joining their mailing list, or suiting up and joining them on a dive!

Tahoe Rim Trail Association

The Tahoe Rim Trail is 165 miles long, and just like its name, it covers the entire rim of Lake Tahoe! This trail can be complete as a thru-hike, weekend backpacking trip, or even a day hike. Some of Lake Tahoe’s most breathtaking vistas are found on the TRT which is why is sustainability is so important. Some areas the Tahoe Rim Trail Association partake in are trail building and maintenance, protecting the wilderness experience, outdoor programs and education. You can volunteer and help with trail maintenance or sign up for one of their backcountry skills courses. And of course, donations are always welcome.

Friends of Nevada Wilderness

Friends of Nevada Wilderness is committed to preserving public lands throughout the state of Nevada, including wilderness areas around Reno, Sparks and Lake Tahoe. In addition to their education and outreach programs, they host various volunteer events throughout the year. They are also a great resource for educating yourself on how to become a more responsible user of Nevada’s wild spaces.

GreenVibe World

Dedicated to strengthening the connection between people, the land on which we live and the life that land provides, GreenVibe World is a local non-profit that organizes regular clean-up events in Reno and Sparks called Donature Time. Past events have included trash removal at Lake Tahoe beaches and cleaning up areas along the Truckee River.

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