Wood River Chapter of Idaho Native Plant Society Fall Potluck @ Grange Hall | Hailey | Idaho | United States
6:00 pm
We gather once a year to share food and stories about last summer’s plant excursions. Everyone is welcome, so come and get to know us. Bring a dish to share. Drinks will be supplied. • Bring your own plate, fork and cup. We will have a small supply for those who forget. • NO SHOES IN THE HALL so bring slippers • Help with clean-up will be appreciated. • Wear a mask; vaccination is appreciated. Besides the delicious shared meal: • Election of officers for 2022. The current officers are available to serve again. If you are interested in serving in some capacity, please email Kristin Fletcher. Voting by members only, on the honor system. • Botany Bingo: we will play several rounds of a fun and educational game involving pictures of plants and a brief introduction to each by Mary MacClanahan. Cool prizes! • Announcement of January and February presentations.
Forestry in Mongolia in an Era of Climate Change @ Zoom
7:00 pm
The Wood River Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society invites you to a talk by Paul Ries, retired Associate Deputy Chief with the US Forest Service and former Area Ranger on the Sawtooth NRA, on January 21 at 7pm. This presentation will take place via Zoom. Paul will talk about some of his experiences as a volunteer Forester in Mongolia. His talk will provide an overview of some of the more critical challenges facing Mongolia’s forests in the area around the capital city of Ulaanbaatar and he will highlight how climate change is affecting the forests, the people, and their interdependence. Paul Ries retired in 2014 after a 40+ year career with the US Forest Service. Paul earned his degree in Forest Biology (Ecology) from Colorado State University and he worked many forestry jobs all over the west. In his final assignment before retiring, he served as an Associate Deputy Chief in the national office in Washington D.C. In retirement, Paul and his wife Linda (also a retired forester) enjoy the outdoor opportunities of our area, but they are also active volunteers. Paul has volunteered at the local, state and national level, and he recently became the Treasurer of ...
Growth Planning Based on Community Values with Elaine Clegg and Scott Boettger @ The Community Library | Sun Valley | Idaho | United States
6:00 pm
Elaine will discuss how the communities of the Wood River Valley can start to find common ground based on shared values. She will describe how identifying widespread values across the valley can build a shared foundation for all communities to come to the table over. As Idaho continues to experience unprecedented growth, now is the time to give voice to what makes the Wood River Valley so special, and how we can accommodate growth without undermining the fundamental elements that create the home we all love. This presentation will be a robust conversation between Elaine Clegg, Scott Boettger, Executive Director for the Wood River Land Trust, and the community. This evening is presented in partnership wit The Community Library and the Wood River Land Trust. Register HERE to attend this event IN PERSON. *Proof of Vaccination and a Mask are required for all attendees.* Virtual attendees do not need to register. Click here to watch on Vimeo..
Native vs Nativars: What plants are best in your garden? @ zoom
12:00 am
Dr. Stephen Love will speak on the topic of “Native vs Nativars: What plants are best in your garden?” on February 9 at 7 pm via Zoom. This free presentation is sponsored by The Wood River Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society. Dr. Love “would like to see native plants dominate every urban landscape”. Among the topics he will cover in his talk are: When is a plant truly “native”? What is a “nativar”? Are natives better than nativars? How is this innate genetic variability altered in cultivation? Love will consider some advantages to using native plants in your landscape, including landscape sustainability resulting from drought tolerance and local adaptation; prevention of exotic species introductions that increase potential for invasiveness; and support of specialist pollinators and other small animals that depend on native plants. He feels that utilization of both garden-worthy native plants and nativars, though not truly “wild”, are critical to backyard habitat creation. Nativars are far superior to exotics, which are often the fallback option when we cannot find the native species we truly desire. Dr. Stephen Love is a University of Idaho Extension consumer horticulture specialist stationed at the Aberdeen Research and Extension Center. He earned ...
Native vs Nativars: Which Plants Are Best For Your Garden? @ Zoom
7:00 pm
Dr. Stephen Love will speak on the topic of “Native vs Nativars: What plants are best in your garden?” on February 9 at 7 pm via Zoom. This free presentation is sponsored by The Wood River Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society. Dr. Love “would like to see native plants dominate every urban landscape”. Among the topics he will cover in his talk are: When is a plant truly “native”? What is a “nativar”? Are natives better than nativars? How is this innate genetic variability altered in cultivation? Love will consider some advantages to using native plants in your landscape, including landscape sustainability resulting from drought tolerance and local adaptation; prevention of exotic species introductions that increase potential for invasiveness; and support of specialist pollinators and other small animals that depend on native plants. He feels that utilization of both garden-worthy native plants and nativars, though not truly “wild”, are critical to backyard habitat creation. Nativars are far superior to exotics, which are often the fallback option when we cannot find the native species we truly desire. Dr. Stephen Love is a University of Idaho Extension consumer horticulture specialist stationed at the Aberdeen Research and Extension Center. He earned ...
Winter Recreation and Wildlife in the Wood River Valley Webinar @ Online
6:30 pm
Join the Idaho Conservation League, Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and Blaine County Recreation District to learn about the impacts winter recreation can have on wildlife in the Wood River Valley. Each winter, wildlife must conserve energy to survive. Many human activities can increase stress among wildlife during this critical time, causing harm to wildlife. Join us for an educational panel discussion on the importance of new conditional winter restrictions or closures in the Wood River Valley and how YOU can recreate responsibly to help wildlife. Panel:​ Josh Johnson, Central Idaho Conservation Associate, ICL John Kurtz, Outdoor Recreation Planner, BLM Shoshone Field Office Mark Davidson, Executive Director, Blaine County Recreation District Mike McDonald, Magic Valley Region Wildlife Manager, IDFG
Hailey Public Library
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Salmon Club @ Hailey Public Library
6:00 pm
Salmon Club is a wild salmon and steelhead advocacy group based in the Wood River Valley and Boise. During bi-monthly meetings, volunteers spend their time creatively mobilizing efforts to bring Idaho’s wild salmon and steelhead home. During the Wood River Valley’s April meeting, activists will take part in a postcard-writing campaign directed at Washington state decision-makers. This hour of activism will help you learn more about the issues salmon are facing, connect with other activists, and be a part of a united movement to correct the wrongs of history. Space is limited and registration is required to attend, so sign up below. https://forms.gle/nWK449Gc6LGu6QFS9
Sawtooth Botanical Garden
May 7 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wood River Valley Daffodil Festival @ Sawtooth Botanical Garden
11:00 am
Join SBG and The Senior Connection in a celebration of spring colors and plant growth returning to the Valley! This fun, collaborative boutique event invites the community to the Garden on May 7 to enjoy the 30,000+ daffodils in bloom. SBG and The Senior Connection teamed up to help realize the dreams of local landscape architect Marty Lyon (former SBG Board Chair) and landscape designer Dean Hernandez (current SBG Board member) as we emerge from the long, cold winter and leap into the colorful spring season! Join us for food, beverages, entertainment and more! Registration for this event is available soon – space is limited so don’t delay once they are available!
Sawtooth Botanical Garden
May 26 all-day
Wildflower Walks @ Sawtooth Botanical Garden | Ketchum | Idaho | United States
12:00 am
2022 is SBG’s 18th year of leading wildflower walks! Join us hiking slowly on nearby moderate to easy trails as we appreciate the blooming native plants of our area. The walks will be led by botanists, naturalists, birders, and wildflower enthusiasts. We will choose the trails earlier each week according to where flowers are actually blooming. Participants will meet at Sawtooth Botanical Garden (11 Gimlet Road, 4 miles south of Ketchum), and follow each other to the trailhead. Children under 14 are welcome with an adult. Please no dogs. Bring clothing for possible weather, hiking shoes, sun protection, water, reusable water bottle, reusable travel coffee cup and a lunch. A camera, field guide, hand lens and notebook may help with identifying and remembering plants! Please plan to bring your own vehicle or carpool from the garden with your small group. 9:00am arrive at SBG 9:30am leave SBG Noon Lunch 3:00pm arrive back at SBG Dates: May 26 Camas Prairie June 2 Dollar Mountain June 9 Craters of the Moon June 16 Greenhorn June 23 Boulder View June 30 Murdock SNRA
Sawtooth Botanical Garden
Jun 2 all-day
Wildflower Walks @ Sawtooth Botanical Garden | Ketchum | Idaho | United States
12:00 am
2022 is SBG’s 18th year of leading wildflower walks! Join us hiking slowly on nearby moderate to easy trails as we appreciate the blooming native plants of our area. The walks will be led by botanists, naturalists, birders, and wildflower enthusiasts. We will choose the trails earlier each week according to where flowers are actually blooming. Participants will meet at Sawtooth Botanical Garden (11 Gimlet Road, 4 miles south of Ketchum), and follow each other to the trailhead. Children under 14 are welcome with an adult. Please no dogs. Bring clothing for possible weather, hiking shoes, sun protection, water, reusable water bottle, reusable travel coffee cup and a lunch. A camera, field guide, hand lens and notebook may help with identifying and remembering plants! Please plan to bring your own vehicle or carpool from the garden with your small group. 9:00am arrive at SBG 9:30am leave SBG Noon Lunch 3:00pm arrive back at SBG Dates: May 26 Camas Prairie June 2 Dollar Mountain June 9 Craters of the Moon June 16 Greenhorn June 23 Boulder View June 30 Murdock SNRA
Sawtooth Botanical Garden
Jun 9 all-day
Wildflower Walks @ Sawtooth Botanical Garden | Ketchum | Idaho | United States
12:00 am
2022 is SBG’s 18th year of leading wildflower walks! Join us hiking slowly on nearby moderate to easy trails as we appreciate the blooming native plants of our area. The walks will be led by botanists, naturalists, birders, and wildflower enthusiasts. We will choose the trails earlier each week according to where flowers are actually blooming. Participants will meet at Sawtooth Botanical Garden (11 Gimlet Road, 4 miles south of Ketchum), and follow each other to the trailhead. Children under 14 are welcome with an adult. Please no dogs. Bring clothing for possible weather, hiking shoes, sun protection, water, reusable water bottle, reusable travel coffee cup and a lunch. A camera, field guide, hand lens and notebook may help with identifying and remembering plants! Please plan to bring your own vehicle or carpool from the garden with your small group. 9:00am arrive at SBG 9:30am leave SBG Noon Lunch 3:00pm arrive back at SBG Dates: May 26 Camas Prairie June 2 Dollar Mountain June 9 Craters of the Moon June 16 Greenhorn June 23 Boulder View June 30 Murdock SNRA
Sawtooth Botanical Garden
Jun 16 all-day
Wildflower Walks @ Sawtooth Botanical Garden | Ketchum | Idaho | United States
12:00 am
2022 is SBG’s 18th year of leading wildflower walks! Join us hiking slowly on nearby moderate to easy trails as we appreciate the blooming native plants of our area. The walks will be led by botanists, naturalists, birders, and wildflower enthusiasts. We will choose the trails earlier each week according to where flowers are actually blooming. Participants will meet at Sawtooth Botanical Garden (11 Gimlet Road, 4 miles south of Ketchum), and follow each other to the trailhead. Children under 14 are welcome with an adult. Please no dogs. Bring clothing for possible weather, hiking shoes, sun protection, water, reusable water bottle, reusable travel coffee cup and a lunch. A camera, field guide, hand lens and notebook may help with identifying and remembering plants! Please plan to bring your own vehicle or carpool from the garden with your small group. 9:00am arrive at SBG 9:30am leave SBG Noon Lunch 3:00pm arrive back at SBG Dates: May 26 Camas Prairie June 2 Dollar Mountain June 9 Craters of the Moon June 16 Greenhorn June 23 Boulder View June 30 Murdock SNRA
Sawtooth Botanical Garden
Jun 23 all-day
Wildflower Walks @ Sawtooth Botanical Garden | Ketchum | Idaho | United States
12:00 am
2022 is SBG’s 18th year of leading wildflower walks! Join us hiking slowly on nearby moderate to easy trails as we appreciate the blooming native plants of our area. The walks will be led by botanists, naturalists, birders, and wildflower enthusiasts. We will choose the trails earlier each week according to where flowers are actually blooming. Participants will meet at Sawtooth Botanical Garden (11 Gimlet Road, 4 miles south of Ketchum), and follow each other to the trailhead. Children under 14 are welcome with an adult. Please no dogs. Bring clothing for possible weather, hiking shoes, sun protection, water, reusable water bottle, reusable travel coffee cup and a lunch. A camera, field guide, hand lens and notebook may help with identifying and remembering plants! Please plan to bring your own vehicle or carpool from the garden with your small group. 9:00am arrive at SBG 9:30am leave SBG Noon Lunch 3:00pm arrive back at SBG Dates: May 26 Camas Prairie June 2 Dollar Mountain June 9 Craters of the Moon June 16 Greenhorn June 23 Boulder View June 30 Murdock SNRA
Greenhorn Trailhead
Jun 23 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Wood River Trails Coalition FREE Orienteering Event @ Greenhorn Trailhead
4:30 pm
GREENHORN TRAILHEAD 4:30 – 5:30 ROLLING START ALL WELCOME: bike, horse, walk, run, moto, burro…etc Prizes, pizza and beer will be provided! Adult Course: Open to 10 years and older. Official Orienteering Control markers will be placed out on/off Greenhorn trails. Once a marker is found (using either GPS coordinates or a map), participants will punch their cards as “proof” they’ve been there. Compasses not needed. Time limited. Kids Treasure Hunt : Kids search for places on their maps where there are “treasures” hidden for them to find.
The Geology of Wood River-area Landscapes: Volcanoes, Magma, and Forces that Shaped Today’s Mountain Country @ The Community Library
10:30 am
Volcanoes and massive underground reservoirs of magma created many of the rocks in the Wood River area. Join Dr. Paul Link of Idaho State University for a morning lecture and afternoon roadside field trip where you’ll explore these dramatic episodes and see their remains. Dr. Link will also delve into forces that gripped the region’s rocks and shaped them into the beautiful mountain landscapes we enjoy today. This full-day class is limited to 20 students. Pre-registration is required.
Sawtooth Botanical Garden
Jun 30 all-day
Wildflower Walks @ Sawtooth Botanical Garden | Ketchum | Idaho | United States
12:00 am
2022 is SBG’s 18th year of leading wildflower walks! Join us hiking slowly on nearby moderate to easy trails as we appreciate the blooming native plants of our area. The walks will be led by botanists, naturalists, birders, and wildflower enthusiasts. We will choose the trails earlier each week according to where flowers are actually blooming. Participants will meet at Sawtooth Botanical Garden (11 Gimlet Road, 4 miles south of Ketchum), and follow each other to the trailhead. Children under 14 are welcome with an adult. Please no dogs. Bring clothing for possible weather, hiking shoes, sun protection, water, reusable water bottle, reusable travel coffee cup and a lunch. A camera, field guide, hand lens and notebook may help with identifying and remembering plants! Please plan to bring your own vehicle or carpool from the garden with your small group. 9:00am arrive at SBG 9:30am leave SBG Noon Lunch 3:00pm arrive back at SBG Dates: May 26 Camas Prairie June 2 Dollar Mountain June 9 Craters of the Moon June 16 Greenhorn June 23 Boulder View June 30 Murdock SNRA
Sawtooth Forum and Lecture Series: Coyote and the Basket by Diana Yupe @ Stanley Museum | Stanley | Idaho | United States
6:00 pm
The Sawtooth Forum and Lecture Series: an 8-week series expanding our understanding and appreciation of the Sawtooth country. This is the 15th year of hosting the summer speaker series, and we have a great lineup this year. Join us at 6pm every Friday, July 8 – August 26 at the Stanley Museum Lawn, right off Highway 75 between Stanley and Lower Stanley. You can find a full list of program descriptions and speaker biographies on our website.
Sawtooth Forum and Lecture Series: Exploring the Sawtooths - Climbing, Mountaineering, Skiing @ Stanley Museum | Stanley | Idaho | United States
6:00 pm
The Sawtooth Forum and Lecture Series: an 8-week series expanding our understanding and appreciation of the Sawtooth country. This is the 15th year of hosting the summer speaker series, and we have a great lineup this year as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the 50th anniversary of the Association! Join us at 6pm every Friday, July 8 – August 26 at the Stanley Museum Lawn, right off Highway 75 between Stanley and Lower Stanley. You can find a full list of program descriptions and speaker biographies on our website.
Idaho Basecamp
Jul 22 – Jul 24 all-day
Lost River Disco @ Idaho Basecamp | Mackay | Idaho | United States
12:00 am
Lost River Disco takes place 29 miles from Ketchum, Idaho, at Idaho Basecamp’s eco-retreat along the Big Lost River. Surrounded by mountains, trees and the river, enjoy live music with a focus on house and techno DJs from across the U.S., along with other visual artists and performers. Experience different health and wellness vendors, such as massage, sound baths, yoga, and more. Or, sip on a craft cocktail while laying in the sun, float the lazy river, or watch live artists paint! All of this takes place at Idaho Basecamp, a non-profit organization and a leading resource for outdoor adventure education in Idaho. We aim to build a community where people can safely enjoy music, art, and, most importantly, each other in Idaho’s most beautiful scenery. We seek to embrace and improve consciousness by deeply immersing participants with the land they dance on and people they dance with. LRD is a “leave no trace” and 21+ event.
Sawtooth Forum and Lecture Series: Uphill Battles - Land and Wildlife in an Era of Divided Politics @ Stanley Museum | Stanley | Idaho | United States
6:00 pm
The Sawtooth Forum and Lecture Series: an 8-week series expanding our understanding and appreciation of the Sawtooth country. This is the 15th year of hosting the summer speaker series, and we have a great lineup this year as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the 50th anniversary of the Association! Join us at 6pm every Friday, July 8 – August 26 at the Stanley Museum Lawn, right off Highway 75 between Stanley and Lower Stanley. You can find a full list of program descriptions and speaker biographies on our website.
Sawtooth Botanical Garden
Jul 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
27th Annual Garden Tour @ Sawtooth Botanical Garden
10:00 am
Celebrate Hailey! The 27th Annual Garden Tour features seven hand-picked and outstanding landscapes in and around Hailey. Garden Tour booklets will be available the first week of May 2022 in the community at Visitor Centers in Hailey and Ketchum, and at garden centers and bookstores throughout the valley – plan your route now! The booklet contains ALL the information you need to know, including a map, descriptions of the gardens, information about the Sawtooth Botanical Garden, and much, much more. Tickets will be available SOON. SBG members $35, non-members $40 (prices increase by $5 per entry two days prior to the Tour). When you purchase “tickets” your name will be added to an entry roster that will be at each of the seven showcased properties (consult the booklet for map) at the welcome table. The roster is updated live and is also available at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden. Your entry “ticket” this year is again a colorful bandanna. You may also purchase tickets at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden when they are available (and pick up your bandanna) or over the phone by calling 208-726-9358. We look forward to seeing you!
Sawtooth Forum and Lecture Series: The Arms Race between Ecolocating Bats and Insects @ Stanley Museum | Stanley | Idaho | United States
6:00 pm
The Sawtooth Forum and Lecture Series: an 8-week series expanding our understanding and appreciation of the Sawtooth country. This is the 15th year of hosting the summer speaker series, and we have a great lineup this year as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the 50th anniversary of the Association! Join us at 6pm every Friday, July 8 – August 26 at the Stanley Museum Lawn, right off Highway 75 between Stanley and Lower Stanley. You can find a full list of program descriptions and speaker biographies on our website.
Sawtooth Forum and Lecture Series: American Pikas - Vulnerability, Resilience, Conservation @ Stanley Museum | Stanley | Idaho | United States
6:00 pm
The Sawtooth Forum and Lecture Series: an 8-week series expanding our understanding and appreciation of the Sawtooth country. This is the 15th year of hosting the summer speaker series, and we have a great lineup this year as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the 50th anniversary of the Association! Join us at 6pm every Friday, July 8 – August 26 at the Stanley Museum Lawn, right off Highway 75 between Stanley and Lower Stanley. You can find a full list of program descriptions and speaker biographies on our website.
Sawtooth Forum and Lecture Series: Another Look at Our Wilderness History - The Female Leaders @ Stanley Museum | Stanley | Idaho | United States
6:00 pm
The Sawtooth Forum and Lecture Series: an 8-week series expanding our understanding and appreciation of the Sawtooth country. This is the 15th year of hosting the summer speaker series, and we have a great lineup this year as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the 50th anniversary of the Association! Join us at 6pm every Friday, July 8 – August 26 at the Stanley Museum Lawn, right off Highway 75 between Stanley and Lower Stanley. You can find a full list of program descriptions and speaker biographies on our website.
Sawtooth Forum and Lecture Series: Sawtooth NRA 50th Anniversary Forum @ Stanley Museum | Stanley | Idaho | United States
6:00 pm
The Sawtooth Forum and Lecture Series: an 8-week series expanding our understanding and appreciation of the Sawtooth country. This is the 15th year of hosting the summer speaker series, and we have a great lineup this year as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the 50th anniversary of the Association! Join us at 6pm every Friday, July 8 – August 26 at the Stanley Museum Lawn, right off Highway 75 between Stanley and Lower Stanley. You can find a full list of program descriptions and speaker biographies on our website.
Sawtooth Forum and Lecture Series: Imagining Idaho's Wild Salmon in 2055 @ Stanley Museum | Stanley | Idaho | United States
6:00 pm
The last program in our Sawtooth Forum and Lecture Series! An 8-week series expanding our understanding and appreciation of the Sawtooth country. This is the 15th year of hosting the summer speaker series, and we have a great lineup this year as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the 50th anniversary of the Association! Join us at 6pm every Friday, July 8 – August 26 at the Stanley Museum Lawn, right off Highway 75 between Stanley and Lower Stanley. You can find a full list of program descriptions and speaker biographies on our website.
The Argyros
Aug 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
National Geographic Live Speaker Series @ The Argyros | Ketchum | Idaho | United States
7:00 pm
Experience the rebirth of an epic African wildlife park through the eyes of Emmy Award-winning natural history cinematographer, and longtime Ketchum resident, Bob Poole.  
The Argyros
Aug 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Nat Geo Live Roundtable Discussion @ The Argyros | Ketchum | Idaho | United States
3:00 pm
Join National Geographic Live speakers Bob Poole and Ronan Donovan in this lively roundtable discussion including an audience Q & A. Free Admission • Tickets required.
The Argyros
Aug 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
National Geographic Live Speaker Series @ The Argyros | Ketchum | Idaho | United States
7:30 pm
Join biologist-turned-photographer Ronan Donovan as he talks about the incredible similarities we humans share with other social mammals in the animal kingdom, and what we can learn from them.  
How to Tell a Hawk from a Handsaw: Adventures in Plant Keying. @ Town Center West | Hailey | Idaho | United States
6:00 pm
You don’t have to be as crazy as some of Shakespeare’s characters in Hamlet to feel that keying out plants can be a maddening experience. In this beginner’s look at keying, Lisa Horton will tease our curiosity with a painless activity introducing the dichotomous plant key. We’ll talk about how and why plants got their names, learn a little terminology and then plunge into keying out some plants to genus level. You’ll leave having had some fun and learned a little bit. Lisa Horton holds a M.S. in Plant Anatomy and is one of the usual suspects leading our Wood River Chapter plant walks. She has also made a number of wildflower videos for Eye on Sun Valley. This talk is sponsored by the Wood River Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society. Find us in Town Center West Building, River St X Croy St, Hailey. January 21 from 6pm-7:30pm.

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