Kids fishing derby and outdoor survival class available Saturday, May 2.

Free fishing derby for kids

in Meridian on Saturday

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1173 will host the derby May 2 at Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park, 1900 Records Ave. in Meridian.

Registration is at 8 a.m. and fishing runs from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Age groups are 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest and smallest fish in each age group. All participants who catch six fish will be entered into a drawing for a prize. Fishing gear and bait is provided for people who don’t have it.

Learn outdoor survival skills on Saturday

A four-house course on essential skills for survival in the backcountry is May 2 and taught by Ray Vizgirdas, a field biologist and naturalist with more than 30 years’ experience in the backcountry.

“The Basics 101” is open to participants age 16 and older and meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Road in Boise.

Cost is $61 for Boise city residents; $94 for non-residents. To register online, go to parks.cityofboise.org , stop by Fort Boise Community Center, 700 Robbins Road, or call 608-7680.

Course includes classroom lecture, slideshow and demonstrations. Topics include priorities and essential skills; calories and the importance of water, short- vs. long-term survival, hypothermia, emergency shelters, basic navigation and other topics.