Outdoors calendar: Thursday, June 11

Thursday, June 11

Southwestern Idaho Birding Association: 7 p.m. at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Rd., Nampa. See what Madagascar is about with a presentation from Sheri Robison on her 2013 trip to the African island country.

Saturday, June 13

BioBlitz Festival: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Rd., Nampa. Guided nature walks, live animals, insect-collecting expeditions, interactive exhibits, kids’ crafts and activities. Some events require preregistration. Also, free kids’ fishing day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gotts Point where kids can learn about fish biology, fishing ethics and water safety. Volunteers needed. Free. 467-9278.

Sunday, June 14

Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 930 N. Veterans Memorial Parkway, Boise. Each dog takes approximately 20 minutes to complete the training. All breeds of dogs six months or older accepted. $50 per dog with a reservation, $60 per dog without. Walkups welcome. 463-2304, snakeavoidance.org.

Thursday-Saturday, June 18-27

Pedal 4 the People: Ten-day festival (June 18-27) geared toward celebrating the subcultures of the cycling community and embracing the joys of human-powered transportation. Boise Bicycle Project hosts the kickoff and finale events, and they are asking the public to fill the days in between with bicycle-inspired activities. The kickoff party and the Bike Builder’s Gallery is from 6 to 10 p.m. June 18 at 10 Barrel Brewing, 830 W. Bannock St., Boise (Bike Builder’s Gallery registration opens at 5 p.m.), and the grand finale, Helladrome, is from 5 to 10 p.m. June 27 (location TBD). Post or find events at pedal4thepeople.org or facebook.com/Pedal4thePeopleBoise.

Saturday, June 20

Rocks to Products youth workshop: 10 a.m. to noon at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Workshop for grades 4 and up explores the journey from raw material to rock-based end products. Includes hands-on activities such as volcano making, fossil digging, talc polishing and gold panning. $10. Preregistration required by June 15. 283-3186, idahomuseum.org.

Backpacking Basics: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sierra Trading Post, 530 E. Sonota Lane, Meridian. Free. 898-0261, sierratradingpost.com.

Bike Rodeo: Noon to 4 p.m. at Meridian Speedway, 335 S. Main St. Bike races and decorating, skills course, helmet fittings, safety tips, tune-ups, games. Free. 475-2233.

Saturday, June 27

Trail Stewardship Project: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mores Mountain, Bogus Basin Road, Boise. Volunteers needed to help with trail maintenance (tread, drainage, brush cutting), signage, and campground/picnic-area improvements. Register: 336-4203, spursell@winterwildlands.org.

Saturday, July 11

Boise Twilight Criterium: Races start at 3 p.m. at 9th and Main streets, Downtown Boise (start/finish point). 472-5251, boisetwilightcriterium.com.

•  Children ages 3-10 are invited to ride with Olympic Gold Medalist Kristin Armstrong in the Kids’ Ride, 2 p.m. Register online. Armstrong will be available for autographs in the Idaho Statesman booth at 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 18

Wildavore Deer Hunting Class: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 18, 25, 31 and Aug. 1 at Boise River Wildlife Management Area, Warm Springs Road, Boise. Spend time out in the field and in the classroom discussing deer biology and habitat, confidence with firearm handling, hunting techniques, scouting and finding land to hunt on, how to humanely hunt and even go through processing a whole deer for meat. For those with little to no experience. $25 for the four classes, including venison lunch. Contact Liz at 236-1267 or Elizabeth.Horsmon@idfg.idaho.gov.

Saturday, July 25

4 Summit Challenge: 8 a.m. at American Legion Post 60, 105 E. Mill St., Cascade. The bicycle ride starts at the American Legion Hall and proceeds down Main Street to Warm Lake Road. Riders have a choice to ride one, two, three or four summits. Family fun ride also available. $66-$76. summitchallenge.com.

Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 6-8

Ride the Lynx: Three-day team mountain bike event, campout and festival at Bogus Basin Mountain Resort, 2600 Bogus Basin Road, Boise. ridethelynx.com.

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