Wednesdays, April 25 through June 27
Golden Eagle Audubon Society’s Wednesday morning bird walks
9 a.m. to noon, meet at Janjou Patisserie, 1754 W. State St., Boise, for coffee and carpool from there to various locations. goldeneagleaudubon.org/Birding-Field-Trips.
Saturday, April 28
Birding and road cleanup
Join Golden Eagle Audubon Society from 8 a.m. to noon for a combination of birding and litter pickup along its adopted stretch of Kuna-Mora road. After litter pickup, the group will look for birds, including a variety of waterfowl and spring migrants. Meet at the parking lot with the bathroom on Kuna-Mora Road. Tools provided. 208-484-9132.
Idaho Whitewater Association Spring Equipment Sale
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Maravia Warehouse, 604 E. 45th St., Boise. Quality outdoor gear. Sell your equipment. Barbecue and local brewery on site. 208-322-4411, idahowhitewater.net.
West Valley 5k/10k
Starts with a warm-up with the Caldwell Y fitness team at 9:30 a.m. and race at 10 a.m. at West Valley Medical Center, 1717 Arlington Ave., Caldwell. Benefits the Caldwell YMCA health and wellness programs. Ends with a post-race potato party, children’s activities and more. Cost is $25 general, $15 children. Register at ymcatvidaho.org or westvalleyisbetter.com.
Robert Manwill 5k and 1 Mile Run
10 a.m. at New Plymouth High School, 207 Plymouth Ave. Cost is $15. Register at eventbrite.com/e/roberts-run-2018-tickets-42275297553.
Spring Wildlife Celebration
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise. Live bird presentations, wildlife-themed education tables, activities and games, a hunting dog demonstration, more. $3 per person (ages 3 and older). 208-287-2900.
A Natural History of Basalt
1 p.m. at Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Terry Maley will speak about basalt, one of the most recognizable and common rocks in Earth’s crust. $5 general, free for IMMG members. Eliza, 208-368-9876; idahomuseum.org.
Saturday-Sunday, April 28-29
Howdy’s Fishing Derby
Howdy’s Gas and Grub, 503 N. Main St., Cascade. Cash prizes for largest trout caught by weight and highest weight of three perch caught on Lake Cascade. Registration open until noon Sunday, with final weigh-in at 3 p.m. Sunday. $8 entry, free for ages 13 and younger. 208-382-6712.
Sunday, April 29
Birding on the Bethine and litter patrol
Join Golden Eagle Audubon Society from 9 a.m. to noon for a bird walk and some light litter pick-up on the Bethine Church River Trail. Bring water, binoculars, and a plastic grocery bag. Park at the Greenbelt parking area southeast of the Bown Crossing Library, Boise. 208-484-9132.
Thursday-Saturday, May 3-5
Gear and Beer
5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lone Cone, 406 S. 3rd St., Boise. selling top quality outdoor gear, footwear, and apparel at up to 80 percent off retail prices during our 3-day flash sale. Free beer with purchase. 208-789-4424.
Saturday, May 5
Volcanic Features near Mountain Home
Join Steve Cox, Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, as he takes folks to see volcanic features in the Mountain Home area, including a ferro-magmatic basalt flow full of plagioclase crystals, the Crater Rings, Sheep Maar vent, and more. Some walking. Register at 7:30 a.m. at the museum, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, with departure at 8 a.m. Return to Boise by 5 p.m. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. No pre-signup required. $15 general, $10 IMMG members. Steve, 208-853-1678; idahomuseum.org.
Unplug and Be Outside Kick-off
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park, 1900 N. Records Ave., Meridian. Families can bring their bicycles for free tire slime to get prepared for summer rides, participate in the bike rodeo, try out a free smoothie, and take a jump rope lesson from. Boise State student athletes will also be on hand to provide 45-minute clinics in football, volleyball and soccer. Kick-off for the Unplug and Be Outside event (May 5-12), which features free activities for people of all ages to choose from in the areas of arts, sports and recreation throughout the week. Free. Full schedule at meridiancity.org/unplug.
Saturday, May 12
Dig into Idaho!
Celebrate Idaho Preservation month from noon to 5 p.m. at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Geode cracking and gold panning. Lecture at 1 p.m.: Putting it Back the Way We Found It: Mine Site Remediation and Restoration by Historian Troy Lambert. $5 general, free for IMMG members. Eliza, 208-368-9876; idahomuseum.org.
Tuesday-Wednesday, May 15-16
Free “Boat Idaho” Boating Safety Course
6 to 9 p.m. at the Canyon County Emergency Operations Center, 1323 E. Chicago St., Caldwell. Introductory course to meet the boater education needs of recreational boaters. Attendees will learn general information about boats and maintenance, information to make their boating experience safer, and tips on how to be a more courteous boat operator. Also, learn about Idaho laws and regulations associated with owning and operating a boat. Registration is encouraged but not required at parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/activities/boating or by calling 208-371-6811.
Wednesday-Friday, May 16-18
Idaho Walk Bike Summit
Advocates, city staff, transportation professionals, planners, and elected officials from all over the state will come together at the Idaho State Capitol, 700 W. Jefferson St., Boise, to share information, learn from one another, and get to know each other. The goal is to provide education and training to a diverse audience through a selection of relevant topics on bicycle and pedestrian design, advocacy, land use, funding options, health and wellness, and more. $65. 208-345-1105, email@example.com, idahowalkbike.org/summit-2018.
Saturday, May 19
Cycle for Independence
Start times vary from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Riverglen Junior High, 6801 N. Gary Lane, Boise. Choose the 10-mile, 20-mile or metric century ride. Fundraiser for the Treasure Valley Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind. Preregistration ends May 15. On-site registration will be available. cycleforindependence.org.
Birds of All Seasons
8:30 and 9:30 a.m. at Kathryn Albertson Park, 1001 Americana Blvd., Boise. Join Boise Parks and Recreation and the Golden Eagle Audubon Society for a free birding tour. Local bird enthusiasts will introduce participants to the joys of birding and highlight birds that can be found in Boise during spring. Tours last about an hour. Space is limited. Sign up at bit.ly/BPRCommEd.
Rattlesnake, Porcupine and Skunk Avoidance Training for Dogs
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 930 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Boise. Experienced dog handlers work one-on-one with each dog owner and their dog to train the dog to avoid the sight, smell and sound of rattlesnakes, skunks and porcupines. Presented by the Idaho Chukar Foundation. $25-$70. Register at dogavoidancetraining.org.
Saturday, June 2
Rattlesnake, Porcupine and Skunk Avoidance Training for Dogs
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. Experienced dog handlers work one-on-one with each dog owner and their dog to train the dog to avoid the sight, smell and sound of rattlesnakes, skunks and porcupines. Presented by the Idaho Chukar Foundation. $25-$70. Register at dogavoidancetraining.org.
Saturday, June 9
Six-person teams complete a 62-mile running and walking relay, which begins in Stanley and finishes in Ketchum. 208-853-1221, sawtoothrelay.com.
Sunday, June 10
Premier Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 930 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Boise. Idaho Fish and Game officers will be holding a free trap awareness seminar as part of the day’s events. $50 for preregistered dogs. 208-463-2304, snakeavoidance.org. For information on the trap awareness seminar: 208-465- 8465.
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