Outdoors calendar

June 5, 2014 


Dirt Bag Dash Gravel Grinder and Charity Ride: 8 a.m. at Dream River Ranch, 8894 W. Martha Ave., Mountain Home. Charity ride is a non-timed 23- or 42-mile event. There is also a timed event with distances of 23, 42 and 54 miles. Benefits S.H.E. Therapy. $35 charity ride, $45 race. 344-9182, dirtbagpromotions.com.

Big Water Blowout River Festival: In Riggins (2.5 hours north of Boise on Idaho 95). Discounted whitewater rafting trips from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dutch oven cook-off contest (cooking at 5 p.m., judging at 7 p.m.), music by Old Death Whisper at the City Park, food and beer. bigwaterblowout.com.

Saddle Up for St. Jude: Registration is from 9 to 11 a.m. and ride starts from 9 a.m. to noon, with cards turned in by 2 p.m., at Cowboy Campground, Idaho City. Poker ride, silent auction, raffle, non-competitive trail challenge. Benefit for St. Jude Children's Hospital. Sponsored by Boise Back Country Horsemen. Linda, 841-2964.

Weiser River Trail Bike Ride: Bikers will ride the upper-most 28 miles of the trail starting near New Meadows and going to Council. The ride is mostly downhill or on flat terrain on a dirt and gravel path. Riders wishing to be shuttled to the start should meet at the Weiser River Trail Head, Hornet Creek Road, at 9 a.m. $45, includes lunch and vehicle support. Register at bluecirclesports.com.


Geo-camp for Kids: 9 a.m. to noon at Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Hands-on activities plus a hillside geology hike for ages 7-10. $10. Preregistration required. Margaret, 740-0937.


Knobby Tire Series: Knobby 9 to 5 at Avimor north of Boise (June 14), Soldier Mountain near Fairfield (June 29), Galena Grinder near Ketchum (July 26), Crazy Miner Marathon near Idaho City (Aug 23), Demo Days race at Avimor north of Boise (Sept. 6). For details, go to knobbytireseries.com.

BioBlitz Festival and Kids Fishing Day: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, 13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa. Guided bird and photography walks, insect-collecting expeditions, speakers, interactive exhibits, children's crafts and activities, more. In addition, free fishing day at Gotts Point from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids can participate in fishing-related activities and crafts and practice fishing. Fishing poles will be available to borrow or bring your own. Free. 467-9278, fws.gov/deerflat.

Idaho Whitewater Association's Safety Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Main Payette River (Banks to Beehive Bend take-out). There will be a variety of practice stations, each offering important safety training, strategically situated along the banks of the river. Open to kayakers, rafters, cat boaters and their passengers. To access all of the IWA manned safety stations, you must launch your boat from Banks, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Starting at 1 p.m., there will be hourly raffle drawings held at the Beehive Bend take-out for those who stopped and participated at all of the safety stations. Participants will also be treated to an IWA sponsored barbecue at the take-out that will run until 5 p.m.

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