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
"Don't Say We Didn't Warn You" with Writer-In-Residence Ariel Delgado Dixon @ The Community Library
6:00 pm
Hemingway Writer-In-Residence Ariel Delgado Dixon joins us to discuss her debut novel, “Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You.” Dixon will be joined by Mary Pauline Lowry, a 2020 resident with The Community Library and the Boise-based author of “The Roxy Letters.” Two sisters unite to survive a traumatic upbringing—from absentee parents to a wilderness camp for troubled teens—in this “relentless and spooky” (Joy Williams) debut from an essential new voice. ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022—Good Housekeeping, Autostraddle, The Millions “When the Juvenile Transportation Services come for you in the night in a preordained kidnapping, complete with an unmarked van and husky guardsmen you can’t outmatch, you have been sold for a promise.” A young woman thinks she has escaped her past only to discover that she’s been hovering on its edges all along: She and her younger sister bide their time in a dilapidated warehouse in a desolate town north of New York City; their parents settled there with dreams of starting an art commune. But after the girls’ father vanishes, all traces of stability disappear for the family, and the girls retreat into strange worlds of their own mythmaking and isolation. As the sisters both try ...
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
Hailey Public Library/Town Center West
Jun 9 @ 5:30 pm
Julie Weston Reads from New Book @ Hailey Public Library/Town Center West | Hailey | Idaho | United States
5:30 pm
The Hailey Public Library will host popular local writer Julie Weston reading from Miners’ Moon, the fourth book in her Nellie Burns and Moonshine mystery series, on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 5:30 PM. Weston’s stories are straight out of 1920s Idaho and feature Burns, a crime photographer, and Moonshine, her black Lab. In person at Hailey Town Center West.
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.
The Community Library
Aug 19 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Poetry Reading with Diane Raptosh @ The Community Library
5:00 pm
Diane Raptosh’s “Hand Signs from Eternity’s Yurt” explores civic unease in a series of 22 American sonnets—unrhymed 14-lined poems. Characterized by a sense of informed resistance and revolutionary compassion, the poems seek a “conscious recoupling of feeling / with thought” in the hopes that empathy might birth a new strain of democracy. Join us as Raptosh discusses the joys of reading and writing poetry and the role of the imagination in an imperiled democracy. She will discuss poetry as one of our most underused resources for reimagining self and society. She’ll share some of her most recent work with us and will invite your questions. A book signing will follow. This event will be held outdoors on the Library’s Donaldson Robb Family Lawn on 4th Street. No registration is required. Bring your chair or blanket! (In case of inclement weather, the event will move indoors to the Lecture Hall.) Diane Raptosh’s :American Amnesiac” (Etruscan Press), was longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award in poetry. A native Idahoan and the recipient of three fellowships in literature from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, she served as the Boise Poet Laureate (2013) as well as the Idaho Writer-in-Residence (2013-2016). In 2018 ...
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.  
The Community Library
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
A Conversation with Martyna Majok, 2022 Sun Valley Playwrights' Resident @ The Community Library
6:00 pm
Martyna Majok, the 2022 Sun Valley Playwrights’ Resident, will read the opening monologue from her Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Cost of Living,” and discuss her work and writing process. The play, on Broadway this fall, deftly challenges the typical perceptions of those living with disabilities and delves deep into the ways class, race, nationality, and wealth can create gulfs between people, even as they long for the ability to connect. A light reception will follow. Registration recommended. Sun Valley Playwright’s Residency (SVPR) is a non-profit artist retreat, commissioning program, and new play development lab based in Idaho. The mission of SVPR is to galvanize positive change within Wood River Valley’s community and beyond by giving visionary theatre artists of all backgrounds substantive time and space to focus on creating new work for the stage that produces conversations and learning opportunities locally, regionally, and nationally. Annually, SVPR provides one playwright a $10,000 commission, 13 months of individually-tailored development resources, and two months of retreat time in Ketchum, in partnership with The Community Library and The Argyros.
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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