1. In This Issue:
  1. Upcoming Events — KTMB’s Teacher Training
  2. Volunteer Spotlight & Beautiful Business — Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts & Apple
  3. Beautiful News — Christmas Tree Recycling results & KTMB Executive Director celebrates 15 years
  4. How to KTMB Everyday — Unwanted textiles

Upcoming Events

Teacher Training: How your students can become environmental stewards in our community

Join KTMB staff for this fun day of training! Educators will not only take NGSS aligned lessons and hands-on activities back to their classrooms to cultivate future stewards of our community, but also receive 0.5 in-service credit upon completion!

What: KTMB’s annual teacher training

Who: Any teachers or educators who would like to learn more about bringing environmental education to children

When: Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Where: California Building in Idlewild Park

How: Register via the link below

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KTMB’s hands-on teacher training will help raise awareness on local environmental issues that impact our community as well as spread easy solutions to redress these problems. Educators will also explore KTMB’s K-3 field trip program location at the Sensory Garden in Idlewild Park!

Volunteer Spotlight

Girl Scouts Troop 14 & Boy Scouts Pack and Troop 46

This month we would like to give a special thank you to Girl Scouts Troop 14 & Boy Scouts Pack and Troop 46 for their continued support of KTMB’s Christmas Tree Recycling program. Volunteers like this help keep our area a vibrant community to live in.

Girl Scouts Troop 14 has been volunteering the day after Christmas for the last 12 years at Shadow Mountain Park in addition to other programs that KTMB has hosted. “For my Girl Scout Troop, Christmas tree recycling is important because they are able to give back to the community and help the environment” said troop leader Kristen De Haan. “It is also an opportunity for the girls to have fun together, and yes, this always involves hiding or taking pictures in the trees. The girls have the opportunity to reconnect, be silly… and just have fun.” Thank you to this enthusiastic group of young ladies! We appreciate your commitment and desire to make our community a cleaner, more beautiful place.

Boy Scouts Pack and Troop 46 have been volunteering with KTMB for the last 5 years, helping us bring in several hundred trees during this last Christmas Tree recycling season. Their group is always a bundle of energy, ready to help serve their community. Thank you for your continued support in keeping trees out of our landfills and open spaces!

Beautiful Business


This month we would like to share the amazing work Apple has done with KTMB. Apple is a company that encourages their employees to volunteer and give back to their community. We greatly appreciate that Apple employees came out to this years Christmas Tree Recycling to help out. They also had several people volunteer with our annual Raise the River event. We are so thankful for their enthusiasm and support for the work we do. KTMB looks forward to continuing this partnership into 2018!

Beautiful News

The results are in: KTMB’s Christmas Tree Recycling was a success!

We would like to thank all the volunteers who took time to come help out with this years’ Christmas Tree Recycling program. In its 27th year, this program is still going strong and we owe a huge THANK YOU to all of our dedicated volunteers who make it possible. Thank you also to everyone who recycled their trees, you are helping to keep our community beautiful.

This year we were able to recycle over 10,000 trees during the 13 days of the program. “This program allows each resident who recycles their tree to have a meaningful impact at our local parks,” said Christi Cakiroglu, Executive Director at KTMB. “Each tree is not only recycled to be kept out of the landfill and our open spaces, but it is given a second life, being turned into mulch and reused within our community and in our parks.”

We would like to thank this years’ program sponsor, the NV Energy Foundation, for helping to make this program possible. NV Energy Foundation has been supporting this program since 2011.Thank you also to Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, City of Reno, City of Sparks, Nevada Division of Forestry, Washoe County, Tahoe Trail Bars and Tholl Fence for their support.

Those still looking for options to recycle their tree should visit our website.

KTMB’s Executive Director celebrates 15 years

We would like to take a moment to recognize KTMB’s fearless leader, Christi Cakiroglu. In December, Christi celebrated 15 years of being the Executive Director of KTMB. Christi has provided strong and steady leadership for our organization and is a passionate advocate and leader in keeping our community clean and beautiful. Thank you Christi for all the amazing things you have done, and continue to do for our organization and community!

Seeing our impact

Every once in a while we get a wonderful reminder that our programs and outreach are making a difference. We thought we’d share with you this holiday card we got that made us feel all warm and fuzzy!

Dear Lindsey, Matthew and KTMB staff,
Happy, happy holidays to each and every one of you! Thank you for welcoming international visitors from NNIC to volunteer with and learn from you in 2017. The enthusiasm you showed and knowledge you shared inspired 3 of the Algerian students to set up their own neighborhood clean-ups and a campaign to ban/ offer alternatives to plastic bags (and that’s just as of now)! I appreciate everything you do to improve our community and others!
With best wishes for a wonderful 2018,
Stacy Kinion

Click here to learn more about the project we did with the  Algerian Youth Leadership Program this last summer.

How to KTMB Every Day

A friendly reminder of what to do with old, unwanted textiles

Did you know that you can recycle your old, unwanted clothes or home textiles with your local H&M store? The H&M garment and textile collection program offers consumers an easy way to give a second life to unwanted clothes and textiles. Drop them off at your local H&M store-no matter what brand or what condition! As much as 95% of clothes thrown away could have actually been re-worn or recycled. Clothes and shoes are the second most common items that are thrown away in our Washoe County community. The goal of this recycling program is zero-waste, to reduce the environmental impact of clothing and the fashion industry. Limit your drop-off amount to two plastic shopping bag size per day (shoes not accepted). Call your local H&M store for more details. H&M is located in Meadowood Mall in Reno and The Outlets at Sparks.