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. 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. In 2016 the ERC’s GGM programs reached approximately 1200 students from pre-k to high school!

The Growing Great Minds collaboration was developed in 2012 to make environmental education options more accessible to Blaine County educators. Prior to the collaboration, teachers did not have a coordinated resource to look to for their increasing need for supplemental science programs. The GGM course catalog provides customizable lessons that match the Idaho Core Science standards and build on what students are already learning in the classroom. Members of the collaboration are the ERC, Sawtooth Botanical Garden, Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Blaine County 4-H. Each participating organization has an agreement to share staffing and material resources.

To view our Growing Great Minds in-classroom offerings, 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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