Conference a Success!

Sierra Nevada Alliance 2016 Conference: “One Sierra, One Voice”
When: August 25-27, 2016
Where: Miners Foundry Cultural Center – 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959

The Sierra Nevada Alliance would like to thank all the attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers who made the 2016 Annual Conference a huge success. This year’s conference, held August 25-27th in historic Nevada City, CA, was themed around unifying one voice for the Sierra, and included over 125 representatives from conservation-minded individuals, organizations and agencies.

The goal of this annual event is to bring together the conservation community working throughout the Sierra to highlight the latest research, projects, and provide for a unique networking opportunity.

The event began with specialized workshops provided from the Center for Nonprofit Leadership where attendees learned how to enhance the nonprofit mission through visual storytelling and how the Five Life Stages nonprofit model provides a basis for building organizational capacity. The following days were filled with exciting developments from the Alliance’s new Executive Director, Jenny Hatch, as well as inspirational and technical presentations from panels and keynote speakers on topics ranging from forest and wildlife management to some of the most recent strategic accomplishments for the Sierra.


Featured keynote speakers included Tim Palmer, the award-winning author of 25 books about rivers, conservation, and adventure travel; and John Amodio, who has worked on environmental protection for over 40 years.

The Conference also included a “graduation,” ceremony, for our 28 Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) members, who recently concluded their 11-month terms of service. Collectively over the last year, SNAP members monitored and restored hundreds of acres of impaired Sierra watersheds, educated tens of thousands of individuals, recruited thousands of volunteers and contributed hundreds of thousands of hours of service.

Overall, this year’s Conference was a huge success and the Alliance owes that to the dedication and commitment of the Sierra community. This year’s conference truly set the stage for how the Alliance will begin to more actively engage with our partners and community, focusing on advocacy and policy, and brainstorming goals and strategies for Sierra protection and restoration. The Alliance is incredibly grateful for our Sierra-wide partners, members, and supporters and we look forward to collectively bringing ideas from the Conference into fruition. For information about how to get involved, please contact the Alliance.

Since 1993 the Sierra Nevada Alliance has been protecting and restoring Sierra lands, water, wildlife, and communities. Our mission is to protect and restore the natural resources of the Sierra Nevada for future generations while promoting sustainable communities.

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2019 Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour combines award-winning environmental and adventure films with the energy of local activism. Each year, we choose powerful environmental and adventure films so that you are inspired to take further action regarding issues that impact our environment, ourselves and our world. Our 2019 Film Festival benefits the Sierra Nevada Alliance & our Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership.

This year, in addition to our traditional Wild & Scenic Feature Films Session, we have added a Wild Child Children’s Film Session. This session is family friendly and fun for kids of all ages! The session will feature a brief intermission.

Again this year, the Alliance is partnering with Patagonia Lake Tahoe and South Tahoe Earth Day on our Wild & Scenic Film Festival in South Lake Tahoe.


Wild Child Chrildren’s Film Session Tickets:

Advance & At the Door:

  • $7 – Adult (Ages 13+)
  • $5 – Child (Ages 5 – 12)
  • Free – Children Ages 4 and Under

Please Note: Tickets for the Wild Child Children’s Film Session will not be good for the Wild & Scenic Feature Films Session.

Wild & Scenic Feature Films Session Tickets:


  • $10 – Student
  • $12 – Sierra Nevada Alliance Member
  • $15 – Non-Member (Become a Member here to be eligible for Member tickets!)
  • $55 – Become-a-Member (combo deal that includes one year of Alliance membership as a Pika Protector and a ticket to the film festival!)
  • $50 – VIP (details below)


  • $10 – Student
  • $20 – Member & Non-Member
  • $60 – Become-a-Member (combo deal that includes one year of Alliance membership as a Pika Protector and a ticket to the film festival!)
  • $50 – VIP (details below)

Please Note: Tickets for the Wild & Scenic Feature Films Session will not be good for the Wild Child Children’s Film Session.

Presale tickets will be available online until March 29th at 11:59 p.m. On the day of the event, tickets will be available at the MontBleu starting at 2 pm.

Sponsor our 2019 Wild & Scenic Film Festival in South Lake Tahoe

We couldn’t put on the Film Festival without the support of our sponsors! All sponsorships will support the Sierra Nevada Alliance and our Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership. Sponsors will have the opportunity to connect with festival guests at the event, as well as through advertising in advance of the festival. Sponsorships start at just $100! Sponsorship details and benefits for our 2019 Wild & Scenic Film Festival can be found here: 2019 Sponsorship Packet. Submit your sponsorship payment by mailing a check to the Alliance at P.O. Box 7989 South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158. Please contact us with any questions ( or (530) 542-4546). We are also accepting donations of items for our silent auction! If you would like to donate, please feel free to reach out so we can coordinate.

You’re invited backstage at the MontBleu Showroom!

Mingle with your friends, neighbors, special guests and other festivalgoers at the VIP Backstage Reception. Enjoy complimentary beer, wine, and snacks before the films start and during intermission. VIP Tickets are only $50! Become a sponsor of our Wild & Scenic Film Festival in South Lake Tahoe (more information above) or become a Sierra Keeper (a member of the Alliance’s premier giving society) and receive FREE passes to the VIP Backstage Reception. Purchase your VIP Tickets here.

We hope to see you there!

For more information, please call reach out to us at (530) 542-4546 or

About Us

Since 1993, the Sierra Nevada Alliance has been protecting and restoring Sierra lands, water, wildlife, and communities. Our mission is to protect and restore the natural resources of the Sierra Nevada for future generations while promoting sustainable communities. We provide resources and networking opportunities to regional conservation groups, implement the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Program, and advocate on behalf of “The Range of Light.”

Join us in 2018 for two of our flagship events: Our 13th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in South Lake Tahoe on March 31st and our Bi-Annual Conference in North Lake Tahoe on August 16th-17th.

How to Help Your Wife Out as Husband

A lot of new moms wish that their husbands would step in and do more around the house. For instance, spending time with the kids, preparing meals, doing laundry, taking the garbage out and more. This is not usually the case. Most fathers arrive at home, take a shower, eat and sit on the couch to watch sports. Others will opt to spend time in the man cave and away from the kids.

What most moms need to understand is that dads, in general, want to be good husbands and dads. Problem is, they feel what they are supposed to do, they are already doing it and that is providing for the family. As a dad, you need to know that giving your spouse a hand can ease the running and management of your home. You will find that taking on a few more responsibilities around the house improves your relationship and marriage.

So, how can you help your wife out as husband? According to The Wife Choice, these are what you can do:

#1. Make a list

A list allows you to manage your tasks much easier. Instead of waiting for your wife to nag when she needs you to take the garbage out or help with the kids. Take a pen and paper. Sit with your wife and list all chores around the house. Divide the chores between the two of you depending on specialty, strengths and time.

For instance, the husband can pick a task like taking the garbage out every night while the wife sticks with cleaning the dishes. After taking the trash out, the husband can help the kids with their homework as the wife prepares dinner. If all tasks around the home are divided as described above, it is easier to manage the home. Also, everyone pulls their weight.

#2. Define your roles

In most homes today, you can find the husband working a 9 to 5 job while the mom works from home. This means, the mom will be at home all day and much of the parenting will fall in her basket. As such, the mom is available for important tasks such as doctor appointments, play dates, and parent-teacher conferences.

In such an arrangement, it is important for the husband and wife to define their roles. For instance, if the mom will be attending a parent-teacher conference, it is important to inform the husband. By letting him know, he will not feel like he is out of the loop. When it comes to parenting, you can discuss and share your concerns. If new roles have come up, share them between each other. For instance, the wife can clean the dishes while the dad tucks the kids into bed. Defining your roles and identifying strictly daddy and mommy roles helps you connect better.

Remember, always have a weekly discussion about your responsibilities.

#3. Limit TV and Video game time

Playing computer games is great. For starters, it improves your hand to eye co-ordination. Second, it is a form of entertainment which helps to relax your mind and body as well. Problem is, some husbands take it too far. How? They spend most of their time at home watching the TV or playing computer games in the man cave. By doing this, they abdicate their responsibilities and leave everything to the mom.

As a husband, it is important to limit TV and video game time. For instance, you can set a new rule – TV time with the family and 1 or 2 hours maximum for video games. TV time should be set in such a way that it does not interfere with school work if you have school going kids.

The change can be hard at first but if done successfully, it can reduce distractions and increase family togetherness. As such, you will get to focus on each other as a family.

#4. Read a parenting book together

A lot of people have come to believe that there is such a thing as a perfect parent. Well, that’s a myth. Parenting is a learning curve and every moment, you learn something new. The good news is that experts out there have written books from their collective experiences as parents themselves. Others have shared their expert opinions from the observations. As a husband, reading a parenting book together with your wife can help you learn more about parenting. It can also teach you how to approach sensitive topics. For instance, if your kid asks about sex, how will you respond taking into account their age and innocence?

Well, such answers can be found in parenting books. Every week, you can spend 15 minutes to half an hour reading a parenting book. These self-improvement books teach positive relationship, positive marriage, and parenting principles.

#5. Play with the kids

Dads are built to play. As such it comes natural and it’s fun. There are tons of games a dad can play with kids. You have board games, chess, video games, and legos. These are the perfect games every evening after work. On weekends, you can play wrestling or run outside. If your kids have attained the age of riding a bike, you can buy one for every child and head to the park. Alternatively, you can cycle around the neighborhood.

Cycling and running can help you exercise your limbs. According to experts, cycling can help you burn fat which helps with your weight loss efforts. It also promotes cardiovascular health. How? By getting rid of plaque deposits along the arterial wall. Improved heart health eliminates the chances of getting a heart attack. It also eliminates the onset of obesity and diabetes too.

When you play with your kids, you allow your wife to work on her projects or even take care of herself by visit the hairdresser. So, if you want to workout and bond with your kids at the same time, cycle, run and play games together.

#6. Spend time together – husband and wife

When you become parents, you have more responsibilities from taking care of the kids to working. This leaves no room for some alone time together. If this trend continues, you will become distant and this is how the sparks in your marriage die. Want to bring the sparks back into your marriage? Start spending time together as husband and wife.

To make this happen, hire a babysitter. Alternatively, you can ask a family member to come over and watch the kids while you are away. Now that you have some alone time, plan it well. You can go on a date and even book yourselves in a hotel for the night. Spending time together helps you to reconnect.

As you spend time together, treat each other with kindness and respect. No talk about kids, work or your marriage. This time should be left for fun and adventurous activities. Remember, the closer you and your wife are emotionally, and physically, the more you have a stable and happy marriage.

#7.Appreciate your wife

According to John Gottman, author of “And Baby Makes Three”, affection, appreciation, and admiration are the attributes that help to foster a better relationship between parents. As the husband, it is important to look for little ways to be nice. For instance, when you come home from work, pass by the flower vendor and pick her favorite flowers. You can also come home early and offer to massage your wife. This will help to release tension and probably your wife will be more inclined to bedtime duties instead of sleeping.

Doing nice things every day for your wife helps to build a relationship. Also, it helps to maintain good health. Positive emotions boost one’s immune system and in turn, we are protected from diseases. Doing nice things also reduce stress and negative emotions such as aggression, hostility, and anger. One thing you will even notice when you come home, your wife will not snap at you but will always be nice to you.

Final Thoughts

As a couple, you can have a positive relationship and happy marriage by simply helping each other out. To achieve this, make a list of all responsibilities in the house. Define your roles and divide the responsibilities accordingly. Limit TV and video games as this can be distracting and prevents both of you from connecting. Set a few hours to play with the kids in and out of your home. Playing with your kids helps you bond and spend time together. Don’t forget to set a few every week as alone time. During this time, go on a date and engage in fun and adventurous activities together. Last but not least, do nice little things for your wife, every day. Not only will it help to build your marriage and help you reconnect but it boosts positive emotions. This goes a long way in preventing the onset of negative emotions such as anger and aggression.

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