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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
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Bird Walk with Poo Wright Pulliam and Friends
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Bird Walk with Poo Wright Pulliam and Friends
Volunteer Profiles
ERC would like to recognize some of our extraordinary volunteers, those folks who make it possible for our tiny staff to extend our programs' reach out into the community.  This blog is a way for us to say "Thank you!", and if you run across these folks, please thank them yourself. 

ERC volunteers fill so many shoes: writing  ERCbeat columns for The Weekly Paper,  helping ERC staff teach at Wild Lunch and other educational partnerships, collecting recyclables from the concert crowds during summer events, serving on the ERC Board, addressing envelopes and peeling stamps, leading bird and nature walks...really, the list is staggering.  It's hardly enough, but please accept our sincere appreciation.

Gracias Nathan! PDF Print E-mail

Providing Spanish speakers with opportunities to ask questions about ERC's education programs and register for camps has been an ERC goal.  Nathan Kolar generously donated a number of his Wednesday afternoons to this service, and also translated our registration forms and releases into Spanish.  At his “real job”, Nathan teaches Spanish and Creative Writing at The Sage School in Hailey. Nathan, thank you so much, from the ERC staff.

Thank you Michele! PDF Print E-mail

The ERC would like to thank Michele Lesica, the AmeriCorps member at the Sawtooth Botanical Gardens, for volunteering her time to help us with our Hemingway Science After School (SAS!) program – we couldn’t have filled the program without her! 

Wood River Land Trust PDF Print E-mail

Their dedication to preservation of open space and critical habitat gives our students a place to learn!

We are so fortunate to have the Wood River Land Trust (or WRLT) as a partner in so many of our programs.  From Science After School to our classroom programs to our summer adventures with Sun Valley Adaptive Sports, we spend countless hours exploring the preserves that make up the heart of Bellevue and Hailey.

We thank them for creating these spaces to enchant our children, and for lending their time and expertise to assist with our programs.  Stay tuned for our spring trimester SAS! in Hailey, as the 4th and 5th graders will be doing a restoration project down in the Draper Preserve. 

“Dirty Jobs” Cory LeVeille PDF Print E-mail

You won’t find a more willing volunteer than Cory LeVeille, and he’s even better at dirty jobs than that Mike guy on TV. ERC yard needs sweeping? Cory will do it.  Dog waste bins overflowing?  Cory empties them.  Boatloads of batteries need to go to Ohio Gulch for recycling?  Cory will take them.  And he’s so nice about it!  Cory, thank you for all your hours of service to the ERC!  Cory is shown in this photograph with his arm around Kellie Rey, ERC’s Americorps Member who was with us in 2009-10. 

EcoCamp Angels: Starr Weekes and Shauna Smith PDF Print E-mail

It was one of those weekends that EcoCamp Director Lisa Huttinger had seen before only in her nightmares.  With camp session #2 starting the next day, the ERC’s veggie oil truck quit running and one of our key camp staffers had a family emergency and had to leave town. It wasn’t too hard to borrow another truck to pull the Wild Connections trailer full of camp supplies, but where on earth to find a substitute counselor on short notice? …someone with first aid knowledge, who was used to working with groups of kids in the outdoors? Thankfully, Shauna Smith stepped right up to the plate and hit  a veritable home run as a pinch hitter EcoCamp counselor. Shauna, here’s a huge “Thank You” and a lifetime supply of s’mores for you! 

Our other EcoCamp angel is notorious around the valley, and especially here at the ERC, for doing nice things, and really more on the level of “I can’t believe you actually did that”-nice.  Starr Weekes, please take a bow!  Starr cooked mountains of amazing -+food for our camp staff during training week.  As if that isn’t enough, Starr volunteered her help at Wild Lunch (ERC’s nature program during Lunch Connection, a  Hunger Coaliton summer program) despite an injury,  and gave our AmeriCorps a tour of some special Hailey sights.  Thanks again, Starr!!

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