Teens 4 Tahoe is a group of teenagers who love Lake Tahoe and want to help improve its natural environment.
Through the Tahoe Fund, T4T is a vehicle used to create and provide a platform for teens to actively address climate change and help to bring awareness and solutions to the environmental issues impacting Tahoe.
By basing T4T’s work around the Tahoe area, we hope the community will be encouraged to collaborate through informative activities and events specific to the Basin.
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Volunteering with Teens 4 Tahoe is a great way to get outside with your friends, and earn those community service hours you need for school!
Trail Building Day with Tahoe Rim Trail!
October 23rd, 2021 \ Time: 9:00am-4:00pm \ Location: Ward Creek Trailhead, near Homewood CA
Teens 4 Tahoe Day at Camp Wamp
Teens for Tahoe organizer, Eliza Spaht, gathered a group of teens on July 2nd at Camp Wamp, a camp for physically disabled children, to clear out a section of their forest. We removed sticks, branches, and even trees to help fireproof the camp.
“Everyone had super positive attitudes, and we were so happy to help out!” said Eliza.
Camp Wamp, located near North Lake Tahoe in the High Sierras, is a place where kids with physical challenges have the week of their life in the great outdoors. Camp Wamp is proud to be a traditional camp for children with physical disabilities. The kids of Camp Wamp leave the experience having learned to face life with a new sense of self-reliance, ambition, optimism and adventure.
While the pandemic has meant that the campers aren’t able to be at camp for Summer 2021, we had the opportunity to help Camp Wamp prepare the land for the upcoming fire season and clear away flammable natural materials to prevent fire from spreading. As any Californian knows, the fire seasons can be devastating, so the manual work that we’ll be doing to clear away flammables will have a huge positive impact and will protect the camp for the future.
For more info about the camp, visit: https://www.campwamp.org
Tahoe Fund Instagram Takeover
During Earth Week, T4T did a special takeover on the Tahoe Fund Instagram. The takeover include an instagram live, posts on the page, and an Earth Week Video.
Check out our Earth Week video below!
Tahoe Backcountry Safety Awareness Week: Athlete Summit
As representatives of T4T, Caroline and Julia joined Alpenglow Expeditions to moderate the Tahoe Backcountry Safety Awareness Week Athlete Summit. They played a role in introducing the athletes and reading questions from the audience during the Q&A process.
During the Summit, the athletes recalled first-hand accounts from their personal experiences and things they’ve learned along the way!
Athletes Included: Amie Engerbretson, Connery Lundin, Michelle Parker, and Duncan Lee
Watch the Tahoe Backcountry Safety Awareness Week Athletes Summit below!
Wilder Than Wild: A Teens 4 Tahoe Virtual Screening
On October 4th, 2020, the Teens 4 Tahoe held our first live event with a free virtual screening of the film Wilder Than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future.
The night included a showing of the film followed by a Q&A session in which producer Kevin White answered questions from the audience.
My name is Eliza Spaht and I started Teens for Tahoe in 2020 during one of the worst fire seasons California had seen, with the intention of raising awareness about environmental issues that impact Tahoe and the surrounding communities. I struggled seeing Tahoe face significant changes to climate (wildfires, less snow, drought) since I grew up spending so much time there. I had seen the impact my grandparents’ foundation Baton Rouge Green was able to make by replanting indigenous trees in Louisiana, and decided I wanted to make a difference in my own way by starting this club. Our goal is to move through the helplessness that teens can feel around climate change, and into action. We put on virtual and in person events (safely adhering to local guidelines!) to get teens involved in their communities and reduce the effects of climate change. Some fun facts are that I was born in London, I play tennis, soccer, and lacrosse, and I was in New Orleans as a kid during Hurricane Katrina.
Hi! My name is Beck, and I was born and raised in the Tahoe-Truckee area. My entire life, I’ve spent exploring the mountains, blasting powder runs, and enjoying everything my home has to offer. That is the same reason why I’m so thrilled that I can be a part of Teens 4 Tahoe, as it allows me to give back to this extraordinary place! A fun fact about me is that I’ve been to every continent!
Hello! My name is Caroline and I live in Incline Village in North Lake Tahoe. I have been involved in climate action throughout high school and am planning to continue this passion as a major in Environmental Studies in college. I am so grateful to be part of T4T to initiate action in our community. A fun fact about me is that I lived on a 7 mile long island in the Bahamas for three years in middle school!
Hey guys! My name is Hailey Connery and I am the secretary for Teens for Tahoe. Born in San Francisco and raised in Marin County, I have had the good fortune of spending a lot of time in Tahoe. Whether it is running an amazing Tahoe trail, paddleboarding on the lake, or skiing, Tahoe is very near and dear to me. A couple of fun facts about me are that I do Search and Rescue in Marin County and I share the same birthday as my mom 🙂 I am so excited to be a part of T4T to support the Tahoe environment we all love and enjoy!
Hi everyone! My name is Julia and I’m from San Francisco. Tahoe has been a second home to me and I’m so grateful to be a part of this initiative that’s promoting environmental awareness! A couple of fun facts about me are I love hiking & backpacking and I’m trilingual.
Hi!! My name is Lauren Novotney and I am from San Jose, CA. I love spending my time in Lake Tahoe, as I was on the Diamond Peak Ski Team for 8 years. At my school, I am president of my environmental action society. This and my love for Lake Tahoe prompted my involvement with Teen’s for Tahoe. I will be attending Boston College in the fall, and I hope I can carry out some of the Tahoe Fund values over on the East Coast. A fun fact about me is I went bungee jumping in Whistler when I was 11!
Hey! My name is Mera and I was born and raised in Tahoe City. I have grown up loving to explore our precious mountains and the place I call home. I joined Teens 4 Tahoe because we need advocacy in our generation to sustain the natural beauty of the basin. Two fun facts about me are that I am the 4th generation of my family born in Tahoe and I have a birthmark on my leg that looks identical to Tahoe, but Emerald Bay is on the wrong side!
To join the Teens 4 Tahoe, email Eliza Spaht at firstname.lastname@example.org.