Upcoming Events

Wed Sep 03 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
Wilderness Birthday Bash!
Mon Sep 08 @ 5:30PM - 07:00PM
Bird Walk with Poo Wright Pulliam and Friends
Mon Sep 22 @ 5:30PM - 07:00PM
Bird Walk with Poo Wright Pulliam and Friends
Mon Oct 06 @ 5:30PM - 07:00PM
Bird Walk with Poo Wright Pulliam and Friends
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After School Open House PDF Print E-mail

Join the ERC with a new GREEN family tradition! Stop by our office December 13th from 3-6pm to create an array of green fun and festive ornaments for your tree!

Enjoy a hot drink, holiday music, and some family craft time after school is out. We will be creating ornaments from recycled materials and even crafting some edible treats for your feathered friends.

With all the hustle of the holidays, let's take some time to celebrate the art of reusing materials! Details>

Explore the Art of Tracking PDF Print E-mail

Great news – you asked for them, and here they are!  This winter, the Environmental Resource Center will offer a series of tracking workshops centering on the winter world. Valley legend Ann Christensen will lay out some basics about tracks, then lead us 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.  The workshop dates are Sunday, December 30 from noon to 3:00 p.m.; then 11a.m.-2p.m. on Saturdays, January 5, January 19, February 2 and February 16.   And really, there is no need to choose.  You can do them all!  Here are the details>

Grand Opening of the Bow Bridge of the Big Wood River PDF Print E-mail

JOIN Wood River Land Trust for a Community Celebration on Sat., October 6th from 10:00am - 1:00pm to celebrate the completion of the BOW BRIDGE OF THE BIG WOOD RIVER! Activities include:

  • Fun Run: Register with Blaine County Recreation District (BCRD) for a fun run through Colorado Gulch and Draper Preserve trails. The first 50 people to pre-register at BCRD on Fri., Oct. 5th will receive a free Sigg water bottle! Registration the day of starts at 9:00am-9:45am;
  • Kids’ Nature Activities with Hadley and Cynthia from the ERC;
  • Brunch and Refreshments;
  • Archery Demonstrations with High Desert Sports;
  • Music; and
  • Nature Walks.
2012 Summer Adventures with the ERC PDF Print E-mail

With a passionate, dedicated and talented staff, enthusiastic students, and a beautiful camp nestled in the Smoky Mountains, facing the majestic Boulder Mountains, this was certainly one of our best summers yet!

This year, we piloted a new 8th and 9th grade camp called Science on the Summits, the focus of which was building a sense of place through explorations of local alpine ecosystems.  In addition to being open only to older students, Science on the Summits was also unique

in that field days were long in order to allow students adequate time to reach and closely observe their alpine
destinations.  Students put in 8-12 miles each day and were able to reach Mill Lake, Miner Lake, Prairie Lakes, and even do some high elevation off-trail hiking in the Boulder Mountains.  The hiking was strenuous; however students were rewarded with incredible views, solitude, and serenity.  This camp culminated in an exciting rafting trip in Stanley led by White Clouds Rafting Adventure.   

In our Forces of Nature EcoCamp, for rising 4th-7th grade students, field groups explored a variety of ecosystems such as meadow, riparian, sagebrush, hot spring, and conifer ecosystems.  Students conducted investigations in these ecosystems to further understand how both natural (fires, volcanoes, glaciers, earthquakes, etc.) and human (infrastructure, land use, recreation, etc.) “forces of nature” have shaped and continue to shape our Valley.  Students in this camp joined together with the Science on the Summits students to enjoy an afternoon in the sun on the river.               

In our last EcoCamp of the summer, Flight School, which was also open to rising 4th-7th grade students, field groups learned the principles of flight and how and why animals and machines use flight.  Students also learned about the natural history of our native flyers (birds, insects, etc.), looked further into the ecological conditions that favor and don’t favor flight in animals, and examined adaptations that allow animals to fly and how these adaptations differ from one animal to the next.  The Idaho Bird Observatory (IBO), based in Boise, joined us for three mornings which was very exciting!  Each morning, IBO staff set up mist nets (a special nylon mesh net, virtually invisible to birds, which is used to capture birds).  With the students, IBO staff would check the nets for tangled birds, untangle birds caught in the net, and place them in cloth bags - to make the capture less stressful to the already frightened birds.  IBO staff and students then brought the birds back to a central table where the IBO would take measurements, record data on the birds like species, weight, body fat, age, sex, etc. and then placed a small band around the bird’s foot with unique information, so if recaptured,
scientists would know where the bird had travelled and when.  After the data was recorded, students were taught the proper technique to handle birds and would delicately set the birds free.  In actively participating and observing the IBO’s bird collection and data process, students were able to see first-hand how the IBO is doing a study on the migration of birds and in doing so, also learned more about the behavior and adaptations of local birds and how humans impact these flyers.  The highlight of the camp for many of the students was holding and releasing the birds - what a truly memorable experience for our EcoCampers!     

Overall, our EcoCamps were incredibly fun and quite different from our past EcoCamps.  We’re looking forward to exploring more opportunities and embarking on new adventures and projects next summer!

What Happens at EcoCamp? PDF Print E-mail

Forces of Nature was a July camp for rising 4th-7th graders, who explored the creative and destructive effects of wind, water, fire, and ice upon the Earth. Volcanoes, glaciers, rushing rivers, wild fires have all combined to make our valley what we see today. On their final day of camp, they got up close and personal with water by rafting the Salmon River!

Science on the Summits was a July camp for rising 8th and 9th graders, many of whom are old hands at EcoCamp. This camp gave these older students an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the natural world, by focusing on sub-alpine and alpine ecology. Their field days were longer and more intense, and many of them followed up by rafting the Salmon River.



In August, the Idaho Bird Observatory made EcoCamp their outpost. Flight School immersed these rising 4th-7th grade students in a world of feathers and beaks as they learned about the mysteries of flight, the unique characteristics of birds, their importance to the ecosystem. Best of all, was assisting the researchers, releasing the birds after they were banded!

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