Growing Great Minds

Growing Great Minds (GGM) is a collaborative effort between four organizations in the Wood River Valley to provide local school teachers with free, curriculum-based, in-school supplementary science programs. GGM lessons are offered at the request of teachers or administrators. To learn about the ERC’s in-school Growing Great Minds programs, click here.

Each program uses environmental education as a means of building critical thinking and inquiry skills, addressing science and math curriculum standards, and deepening students’ connection with the natural world. Students benefit from GGM programs as they have the opportunity to explore a scientific topic more fully, in a more hands-on manner, and with educators who specialize in environmental education. During the 2018/19 school year the ERC’s GGM programs reached 1580 students from pre-k to high school!

Members of the GGM collaboration are the Environmental Resource Center (ERC), Sawtooth Botanical Garden (SBG), Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA) and Blaine County 4-H. To view Growing Great Minds programs from SBG, SNRA or Blaine County 4-H, please click here.

To schedule an ERC Growing Great Minds program for your classroom, please contact Alisa McGowan, ERC Program Director, 208.726.4333 or

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