Connecting People to Nature
These programs instill an appreciation for our environment in residents and visitors and provide a venue for conversations on important environmental issues.
Each summer and winter, we offer a series of birding walks with local birding expert Poo Wright-Pulliam. In winter, participants snowshoe at the Nature Conservancy’s Silver Creek Preserve, and other prominent birding locations in the Wood River Valley to investigate local winter birds. In summer, we host a series of 4 – 6 walks which include an introduction to our local summer birds and basics of birding prior to going into the field to check out and listen to some of our favorite local birds.
Winter Tracking Workshops
Each winter, we offer a series of tracking workshops centering on the winter world. Long-time Wood River Valley resident and tracking extraordinaire, Ann Christensen, leads these workshops. Ann begins each workshop with a short tracking introduction at the ERC office where she introduces participants to our local winter animals, their life histories, and winter adaptations while laying out some basics about tracks. Participants then head outside on a snowshoe tracking adventure through the fields and woods north of town. Ann, who studied with famous tracker and author James Halfpenny, has been introducing valley residents to the secret stories left in the snow for decades.
Two to three times per year, in conjunction with the SVGA Gallery Walks, the ERC hosts art exhibitions that highlight our local environment, which makes our valley a special place to live.
For example, Kat Cannell, a local photographer, displayed her exhibit “Large Landscapes with a Micro Focus”. Kat, a native to central Idaho, was inspired to create this exhibit after witnessing an increase in trash left behind along the trails and around campsites at the high alpine lakes in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA). This exhibit displayed collections of the microtrash Kat collected in the SNRA and Kat’s stunning photographs of local landscapes, including the one to the right.
The ERC will host Jackson Hole WILD on Tour on Thursday, November 8, 2018. This special night will showcase Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival favorites and award winners. Films will bring you on a journey to discover fascinating wildlife worldwide and in our own backyard. Films will highlight encouraging stories of stewardship, threats to wildlife, and what you can do to make a difference.
The ERC closes off Washington Avenue in Ketchum between Fourth and Fifth streets to host an annual celebration of our work and our local environment. Enjoy bites by local restaurants while dancing or playing family-friendly lawn games.
Environmental Book Discussion Series
The ERC hosts an Environmental Book Discussion Series, where participants read a classic or contemporary book on a selected environmental topic. Hadley DeBree, Executive Director of the ERC, then facilitates an interactive discussion of the book. In addition to these discussions, supplemental programs such as lectures and film showings are offered on the environmental topics explored throughout the book series. This series is free and open to the public.
Environmental Advocates Alliance Meetings
Join the Environmental Resource Center (ERC) and Idaho Conservation League (ICL) for Environmental Advocates Alliance meetings. Each meeting focuses on a variety of important local, state, and national environmental issues.
For the first 30 minutes of the program, participants learn about local, state, and national legislation focused on a specific environmental issue. Participants then have the opportunity to learn about the tools available to them and what actions they can take to make their voices heard on issues that are important to them. Time and materials are provided during the second half of the program for participants to take immediate action should they choose. All community members are invited to attend.