Naturalist News! by Hannah Beane

The importance of children having the opportunity to be outside, is everywhere in the news these days. In addition, more information is coming out that adults need nature just as much as children do. In Richard Louv’s (author of Last Child in the Woods) recently released book The Nature Principle he explores the idea that, “A reconnection to the natural world is fundamental to human health,” and also, asking, “What would our lives be like if our days and nights were as immersed in nature as they are in electronics?” This is a daunting question to ask in our technological world and by no means am I looking for the solution. But I encourage you to read this book and to have these conversations at home. And in the mean time I'll be writing about some spots to hit up as the seasons progress.

(Note: Hannah Beane is one of the ERC's 2011-12 Americorps Environmental Education Program Associates.  Check out Hannah's very interesting background. )

The New and the Old PDF Print E-mail

New and old, comings and goings, changes are ever present especially in the mountains. We as passengers, on this ever-constant rollercoaster, have to hang on and try to be ready for what life brings. As for me, this means the starting of graduate school and, in turn, a move to Scotland to study at the University of Edinburgh. So alas, my last naturalist news:

When looking at the access to the wilderness and natural areas in central Idaho there are constant changes. It can be difficult to accept closures of areas that have been accessible to the public for so long. However, I feel that we often focus too heavily on the closures rather than on the new areas that are being opened. One of the assets of this valley is that we have so many people working to increase public access through trail building, restoration and private land easement. Most of these people work incredibly hard without much recognition but thanks to them we are able to have awesome access to our amazing valley.

Naturalist News: Summer Goals PDF Print E-mail

from Hannah Beane

Welcome the long days, dry trails, and endless fun. Summer, the season where there is always too much to do and the 16 hours of daylight never seem like enough. Between working, playing outside and all the things to do in town, sleep seems like an afterthought. If any season is challenging to find balance, the summer is definitely top of the list.

As for me, summer is usually all about goals, whether there is a trail run, climb, or mountain to summit. Goals are what push me to be effective with my time management and take advantage of all of what summer has to offer. At this point in the summer my goal list is looking like this:

Reading and Romping PDF Print E-mail



Bear Creek Summit

















Slack and sunshine PDF Print E-mail

Ah slack, the time the business owners dread but I relish in, as all the tourists leave our magical spot for us to enjoy. However spring is tricky, as trail runners, mountain bikers and hikers get outside, on dirt paths, one by one, as they melt out and are dry and ready to go. So this means that there is often a bottle neck of users on the south aspect trails. I often feel, coming out of winter, a little bit of people-shyness as spring rolls around and the isolation of wintertime recedes. So being one of many to be using the few dry trails is not as appealing to me, and in return, I search out my warm days far from other people. But where to find these “secret” stashes? You gotta get off trail and away from the “beaten path”!



Spring Begins! PDF Print E-mail


The seasons are changing. Even though we live in the mountains, where winter seems to hold on as long as possible, we

are not immune from the change of snow to rain. Often, people dread the spring as it is a time where temperatures are cool and being outside means dealing with wetness. However, spring is a time where so much is going on ecologically and so much to observe as a naturalist.




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