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The 15th annual Bug Zoo starts with a buzz with the enormously popular Bug Zoo Festival on Saturday, April 25, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  The Zoo enjoys a 2 week run, from April 25- May 7. Closed on Sundays.  This year’s theme is “Brave and Curious!”

You’ll see old favorites like tarantulas, scorpions, geckos and snakes and more! Get up close and personal with some of Bug Zoo’s famous creatures, make critter crafts, do a bug scavenger hunt, play buggy games and more! Bring the kids and explore engaging displays while learning about fun, weird and sometimes incredibly helpful creepy crawlers. This year’s Bug Zoo theme TBD.

Cost:  Adults – $5.00; Children 5-18 – $3.00; Children 4 and under – FREE!

Bug Zoo Schedule of Events

Saturday, April 25:  Bug Zoo Festival

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Get up close and personal with some of Bug Zoo’s insects and their amazing adaptations and other famous creatures, make critter crafts, do a bug scavenger hunt, play buggy games and more!  General bug viewing and self-guided activities. Cost:  Adults – $5.00; Children 5-18 – $3; Children 4 and under – FREE!

Monday-Friday, April 27-May 1:  Scheduled School Field Trips & Public Viewing

9:00-3:00 p.m.  Experience Bug Zoo! with one of our specially trained Interpretive Educators.  This year’s theme is Brave and Curious.  Act now to reserve your time slot as they fill fast! Call (208) 726-9358. Cost: Free! (Donations highly encouraged)

3:00 -5:00 p.m.  We recommend public viewing during these hours.

Saturday, May 2:  Bug Zoo U (University)

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Bug Zoo U is a terrific opportunity for adults and kids to go deep, learning more about these fascinating critters from storytellers, critter owners, beekeepers and more!  Stay tuned! Schedule of activities to be determined

Cost:  Adults – $5.00; Children 5-18 – $3; Children 4 and under – FREE!

Monday-Thursday, May 4 – May 7:  Scheduled School Field Trips & Public Viewing

9:00-3:00 p.m.  Experience Bug Zoo! with one of our specially trained Adaptation Educators.  This year’s theme is Brave and Curious.  Act now to reserve your time slot as they fill fast! Call (208) 726-9358. Cost: Free! (Donations highly encouraged)

3:00 -5:00 p.m.  We recommend public viewing during these hours.

Wildflower Walks – Botany & Birds at Centennial Marsh

 

Join local botanists, naturalists and birders as we enjoy the spectacular blue camas lilies of Centennial Marsh. We’ll observe raptors and migrating shorebirds, so bring binoculars if you have them.  This is the 1st of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden’s (SBG) popular summer Wildflower Walk series to some of our area’s most diverse and spectacular habitats.

Walks are free and happen rain or shine. Bring appropriate outerwear, sturdy walking shoes, water, sunscreen, hat and lunch. Some walks are appropriate for children age 7 years and older accompanied by an adult. Please leave your dog at home. Carpooling is encouraged; Wildflower Walks are free and donations to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public botanical garden, are encouraged.

Destination: Camas Prairie and Centennial Marsh

Difficulty: Easy

Meeting Location & Time: Meet at 9:30 AM at Sawtooth Botanical Garden (Highway 75 and Gimlet Rd./4 miles south of Ketchum). Call 208-726-9358 with questions.

Return Time: around 2:00 PM

Click here for 2019 Wildflower Walk schedule.

Wildflower Walks – Autumn Color

Who doesn’t love the glorious colors of autumn that bring summer to a close?  Jim Rineholt, retired Sawtooth National Recreation Area forester, will lead participants to several top spots for fall color. He’ll talk about the influences that cause leaves to turn color and why leaves turn the color they do. An appropriate conclusion to this year’s successful wildflower walk series.

Wildflower Walks are free and happen rain or shine. Bring appropriate outerwear, sturdy walking shoes, water, sunscreen, hat and lunch. Some walks are appropriate for children age 7 years and older accompanied by an adult. Call if you have questions, but please leave Fido at home. Carpooling is encouraged to help lessen our environmental footprint. Donations to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden and INPS are welcome.

This is part of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden’s popular summer wildflower walk series to some of our area’s most diverse and spectacular habitats. Hosted in partnership with the Wood River Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society.

Destination: various

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Meeting Location & Time: Meet at 8:30 AM at Sawtooth Botanical Garden (Highway 75 and Gimlet Rd./4 miles south of Ketchum).

Return Time: by 3:00 PM

2018 Wildflower Walk series

  • May 19 – Botany & Birds at Centennial Marsh, Local botanists and birders
  • June 1-2 – Rare Plants of Craters of the Moon, Lynn Kinter, IDFG botanist (evening talk & all day field trip)
  • June 13 – Early WRV Wildflowers (Part 1; 9:30 AM), Jeanne Cassell & Lisa Horton, wildflower enthusiasts
  • June 27 – Early WRV Wildflowers (Part 2; 9:30 AM), Jeanne Cassell & Lisa Horton, wildflower enthusiasts
  • July 14 – Mountain Wildflowers of 4th of July Lake, TBD
  • August 11 – Apollo Creek Meadows, Lisa Horton, botanist, and friends
  • Sept. 15 – One (heck of a) Big Tree, John Shelly, retired Forest Service
  • October 6 – Autumn Color, Jim Rineholt, retired US Forest Service forester

Wildflower Walks – One (heck of a) Big Tree

By some miracle a few huge trees in our area have survived myriad natural and human assaults – wildfire, drought, insects, logging and more. For John Shelley, retired US Forest Service range specialist, it’s become a personal quest to discover all of them, like the Douglas-fir in image.  This year we will visit perhaps the largest Ponderosa Pine in our area. We’ll bring forestry instruments and measure its height, width and crown, and then submit our findings to the Idaho Big Tree Program. Maybe we’ll find a winner!

Wildflower Walks are free and happen rain or shine. Bring appropriate outerwear, sturdy walking shoes, water, sunscreen, hat and lunch. Some walks are appropriate for children age 7 years and older accompanied by an adult. Call if you have questions, but please leave Fido at home. Carpooling is encouraged to help lessen our environmental footprint. Donations to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden and INPS are welcome.

This is part of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden’s popular summer wildflower walk series to some of our area’s most diverse and spectacular habitats. Hosted in partnership with the Wood River Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society.

Destination: via Dollarhide Road

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Meeting Location & Time: Meet at 8:30 AM at Sawtooth Botanical Garden (Highway 75 and Gimlet Rd./4 miles south of Ketchum).

Return Time: by 5:00 PM

2018 Wildflower Walk series

  • May 19 – Botany & Birds at Centennial Marsh, Local botanists and birders
  • June 1-2 – Rare Plants of Craters of the Moon, Lynn Kinter, IDFG botanist (evening talk & all day field trip)
  • June 13 – Early WRV Wildflowers (Part 1; 9:30 AM), Jeanne Cassell & Lisa Horton, wildflower enthusiasts
  • June 27 – Early WRV Wildflowers (Part 2; 9:30 AM), Jeanne Cassell & Lisa Horton, wildflower enthusiasts
  • July 14 – Mountain Wildflowers of 4th of July Lake, TBD
  • August 11 – Apollo Creek Meadows, Lisa Horton, botanist, and friends
  • Sept. 15 – One (heck of a) Big Tree, John Shelly, retired Forest Service
  • October 6 – Autumn Color, Jim Rineholt, retired Forest Service forester

Wildflower Walks – Apollo Creek

If exploring beautiful meadows filled with abundant wildflowers is your idea of a great way to spend a Saturday, this wildflower walk is for you! Botanist Lisa Horton and friends expect to see 30-40 species of  midsummer bloomers, including columbine, mountain bluebell, sego lily, penstemon, sorrel, paintbrush, lupine, wild onion and more.

Wildflower Walks are free and happen rain or shine. Bring appropriate outerwear, sturdy walking shoes, water, sunscreen, hat and lunch. Some walks are appropriate for children age 7 years and older accompanied by an adult. Call if you have questions, but please leave Fido at home. Carpooling is encouraged to help lessen our environmental footprint. Donations to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden and INPS are welcome.

This is part of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden’s popular summer wildflower walk series to some of our area’s most diverse and spectacular habitats. Hosted in partnership with the Wood River Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society.

Destination: Apollo Creek

Difficulty: Easy to moderate. This 4-5 mile (round trip) hike starts at 7,400′ elevation; we’ll turn around at about 8,500′

Meeting Location & Time: Meet at 8:30 AM at Sawtooth Botanical Garden (Highway 75 and Gimlet Rd./4 miles south of Ketchum).

Return Time: by 4:00 PM

2018 Wildflower Walk series

  • May 19 – Botany & Birds at Centennial Marsh, Local botanists and birders
  • June 1-2 – Rare Plants of Craters of the Moon, Lynn Kinter, IDFG botanist (evening talk & all day field trip)
  • June 13 – Early WRV Wildflowers (Part 1; 9:30 AM), Jeanne Cassell & Lisa Horton, wildflower enthusiasts
  • June 27 – Early WRV Wildflowers (Part 2; 9:30 AM), Jeanne Cassell & Lisa Horton, wildflower enthusiasts
  • July 14 – Mountain Wildflowers of 4th of July Lake, TBD
  • August 11 – Apollo Creek Meadows, Lisa Horton, botanist, and friends
  • Sept. 15 – One (heck of a) Big Tree, John Shelly, retired Forest Service
  • October 6 – Autumn Color, Jim Rineholt, retired Forest Service forester

Wildflower Walks: 4th of July Lake

On this relatively short, high elevation hike to 4th of July Lake in the White Cloud Mountains, participants will truly experience Idaho’s spectacular mountain flora.  Expect to see 30 species of  wildflowers, including sego lily, penstemons, marsh marigold, elephant head, bistort, shooting star, mountain gentian, and more.

Wildflower Walks are free and happen rain or shine. Bring appropriate outerwear, sturdy walking shoes, water, sunscreen, hat and lunch. Some walks are appropriate for children age 7 years and older accompanied by an adult. Call if you have questions, but please leave Fido at home. Carpooling is encouraged to help lessen our environmental footprint. Donations to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden are welcome.

This is part of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden’s popular summer wildflower walk series to some of our area’s most diverse and spectacular habitats. Hosted in partnership with the Wood River Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society.

Destination: 4th of July Lake

Difficulty: Easy to moderate. This 5 mile (round trip), high elevation hike starts at 8,400′ elevation. The lake sits at 9,400′ elevation.

Meeting Location & Time: Meet at 8:30 AM at Sawtooth Botanical Garden (Highway 75 and Gimlet Rd./4 miles south of Ketchum).

Return Time: by 4:00 PM

2018 Wildflower Walk series

  • May 19 – Botany & Birds at Centennial Marsh, Local botanists and birders
  • June 1-2 – Rare Plants of Craters of the Moon, Lynn Kinter, IDFG botanist (evening talk & all day field trip)
  • June 13 – Early WRV Wildflowers (Part 1; 9:30 AM), Jeanne Cassell & Lisa Horton, wildflower enthusiasts
  • June 27 – Early WRV Wildflowers (Part 2; 9:30 AM), Jeanne Cassell & Lisa Horton, wildflower enthusiasts
  • July 14 – Mountain Wildflowers of 4th of July Lake, TBD
  • August 11 – Apollo Creek Meadows, Lisa Horton, botanist, and friends
  • Sept. 15 – One (heck of a) Big Tree, John Shelly, retired Forest Service
  • October 6 – Autumn Color, Jim Rineholt, retired Forest Service forester

Wildflower Walks: Early Wood River Valley Wildflowers, part 2

From the deserts to the high mountains, Central Idaho abounds in wildflowers from spring through fall. But for the lower elevations of the Wood River Valley around Ketchum, June is the month you don’t want to miss.  SBG and the Idaho Native Plant Society are taking advantage of the floral abundance by scheduling 2 early season wildflower walks – June 13 and and June 27, both Wednesdays, and both run from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Exact locations will be a bit of a surprise as we’ll wait and see which areas are at their peak.  Local wildflower enthusiasts Jeanne Cassell and Lisa Horton will lead the walks.

Wildflower Walks are free and happen rain or shine. Bring appropriate outerwear, sturdy walking shoes, water, sunscreen, hat and lunch. Some walks are appropriate for children age 7 years and older accompanied by an adult. Call if you have questions, but please leave Fido at home. Carpooling is encouraged to help lessen our environmental footprint. Donations to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden are welcome.

This is part of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden’s (SBG) popular summer wildflower walk series to some of our area’s most diverse and spectacular habitats. Hosted in partnership with the Wood River Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society.

Destination: Peak wildflower areas around Ketchum

Difficulty: Easy

Meeting Location & Time: Meet at 9:30 AM at Sawtooth Botanical Garden (Highway 75 and Gimlet Rd./4 miles south of Ketchum).

Return Time: by 1:30 PM

2018 Wildflower Walk series

  • May 19 – Botany & Birds at Centennial Marsh, Local botanists and birders
  • June 1-2 – Rare Plants of Craters of the Moon, Lynn Kinter, IDFG botanist (evening talk & all day field trip)
  • June 13 – Early WRV Wildflowers (Part 1; 9:30 AM), Jeanne Cassell & Lisa Horton, wildflower enthusiasts
  • June 27 – Early WRV Wildflowers (Part 2; 9:30 AM), Jeanne Cassell & Lisa Horton, wildflower enthusiasts
  • July 14 – Mountain Wildflowers of 4th of July Lake, TBD
  • August 11 – Apollo Creek Meadows, Lisa Horton, botanist, and friends
  • Sept. 15 – One (heck of a) Big Tree, John Shelly, retired Forest Service
  • October 6 – Autumn Color, Jim Rineholt, retired Forest Service forester

Geology of the Wood River Valley – field trip SOLD OUT

Geologically, the area around the Wood River Valley is comprised of complex rocks and landforms made of granite, sedimentary rocks, basalt lava flows, fascinating core complexes, and even a nearby caldera.  We have it all!   Learn about this fascinating geology and how it influences native plants, garden soils, mining, earthquakes and, now, floods!  SBG is offering both an evening lecture and an all day field trip led by Idaho State University geosciences professor Dr. Paul Link.

Instructor: Dr. Link joined the faculty at ISU in 1980 and specializes in the geology of the Intermountain West. He is the former director of ISU’s Geology Field Camp, a 5-week intensive course located in central Idaho that teaches students to describe rocks and structures and especially to make geologic maps.  Prior to 2012 he taught numerous graduate and undergraduate courses in structural geology and regional tectonics. He has authored or co-authored dozens of scientific papers on the geology of Idaho.

Talk:  Friday, June 22; 7:00 – 8:30 PM at the SBG visitor center

Field Trip:  Saturday, June 23; 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM; meet at SBG to carpool.

Cost: [click here to register]:

  • Talk or field trip: SBG members $10; nonmembers $12. Preregistration required.
  • Talk and field trip: SBG members $18; nonmembers $22. Preregistration required.

Aerial photograph of the Wood River Valley by Dr. Paul Link.

Geology of the Wood River Valley – talk SOLD OUT

Geologically, the area around the Wood River Valley is comprised of complex rocks and landforms made of granite, sedimentary rocks, basalt lava flows, fascinating core complexes, and even a nearby caldera.  We have it all!   Learn about this fascinating geology and how it influences native plants, garden soils, mining, earthquakes and, now, floods!  SBG is offering both an evening lecture and an all day field trip led by Idaho State University geosciences professor Dr. Paul Link.

Instructor: Dr. Link joined the faculty at ISU in 1980 and specializes in the geology of the Intermountain West. He is the former director of ISU’s Geology Field Camp, a 5-week intensive course located in central Idaho that teaches students to describe rocks and structures and especially to make geologic maps.  Prior to 2012 he taught numerous graduate and undergraduate courses in structural geology and regional tectonics. He has authored or co-authored dozens of scientific papers on the geology of Idaho.

Talk:  Friday, June 22; 7:00 – 8:30 PM at the SBG visitor center

Field Trip:  Saturday, June 23; 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM; meet at SBG to carpool.

Cost [click here to register]:

  • Talk or field trip: SBG members $10; nonmembers $12. Preregistration required.
  • Talk and field trip: SBG members $18; nonmembers $22. Preregistration required.

Aerial photograph of the Wood River Valley by Dr. Paul Link.

Wildflower Walks – Early Wood River Valley Wildflowers, part 1

From the deserts to the high mountains, Central Idaho abounds in wildflowers from spring through fall. But for the lower elevations of the Wood River Valley around Ketchum, June is the month you don’t want to miss.  SBG and the Idaho Native Plant Society are taking advantage of the floral abundance by scheduling 2 early season wildflower walks – June 13 and and June 27, both Wednesdays, and both run from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Exact locations will be a bit of a surprise as we’ll wait and see which areas are at their peak.  Local wildflower enthusiasts Jeanne Cassell and Lisa Horton will lead the walks.

Wildflower Walks are free and happen rain or shine. Bring appropriate outerwear, sturdy walking shoes, water, sunscreen, hat and lunch. Some walks are appropriate for children age 7 years and older accompanied by an adult. Call if you have questions, but please leave Fido at home. Carpooling is encouraged to help lessen our environmental footprint. Donations to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden are welcome.

This is part of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden’s (SBG) popular summer wildflower walk series to some of our area’s most diverse and spectacular habitats. Hosted in partnership with the Wood River Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society.

Destination: Peak wildflower areas around Ketchum

Difficulty: Easy

Meeting Location & Time: Meet at 9:30 AM at Sawtooth Botanical Garden (Highway 75 and Gimlet Rd./4 miles south of Ketchum).

Return Time: by 1:30 PM

2018 Wildflower Walk series

  • May 19 – Botany & Birds at Centennial Marsh, Local botanists and birders
  • June 1-2 – Rare Plants of Craters of the Moon, Lynn Kinter, IDFG botanist (evening talk & all day field trip)
  • June 13 – Early WRV Wildflowers (Part 1; 9:30 AM), Jeanne Cassell & Lisa Horton, wildflower enthusiasts
  • June 27 – Early WRV Wildflowers (Part 2; 9:30 AM), Jeanne Cassell & Lisa Horton, wildflower enthusiasts
  • July 14 – Mountain Wildflowers of 4th of July Lake, TBD
  • August 11 – Apollo Creek Meadows, Lisa Horton, botanist, and friends
  • Sept. 15 – One (heck of a) Big Tree, John Shelly, retired Forest Service
  • October 6 – Autumn Color, Jim Rineholt, retired Forest Service forester