Outdoors calendar: Thursday, Aug. 20


Pedal for Patients: 7:30 a.m. at Saint Alphonsus Fruitland Health Plaza, 910 N.W. 16th St. Four options available: 20-mile, 40-mile, 68.7-mile and 100-mile rides. Celebrate cancer survivors and raise funds for those fighting and needing assistance. pedalforpatients.com.

Golden Eagle Audubon Society Avimor Bird Walk Field Trip: 9 a.m. to noon at Avimor Drive off Idaho 55.Robert Mortensen, birdingisfun@gmail.com.

Idaho Recreation Festival: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Eagle Island State Park, 4000 W. Hatchery Road. Hands-on recreational clinics for kids and adults, exhibits, demonstrations, giveaways, food vendors, more. Benefit for the Friends of Idaho State Parks. Admission is $5 per car, free for Idaho State Park passport holders. Free passes at Zamzows stores. parksandrecreation.idaho.gov.

Thursday, August 27

IBO Hummingbird Banding Project: 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Idaho City area. Reservations: ibo.boisestate.edu/blog/24282/ or call Jessica at 426-2225.

Saturday, August 29

Golden Eagle Audubon Society Intermountain Bird Observatory Field Trip: Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Hilltop Cafe on Idaho 21. Pam Conley, 869-0337 or pam_conley@q.com.

Sunday, August 30

Golden Eagle Audubon Society Boise River Greenbelt Bird Watching and Litter Patrol: Meet at 9 a.m. in the Greenbelt parking lot behind the Tavern at Bown Crossing, near east end of ParkCenter Boulevard, Boise. Pam Conley, 869-0337 or pam_conley@q.com.

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 5-6

Rebecca’s Private Idaho: Lifestyle, mountain bike and outdoor festival in Ketchum. The cornerstone of the two-day event is a 94-mile (or 56-mile option) Gravel Grinder mountain bike race and ride in the Pioneer Mountains with renown champion cyclist and endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch. The event includes the main race and ride, an expo, music and entertainment village in downtown Ketchum tied into the city’s famous Wagon Days Festival, plus a registration celebration the day prior. rebeccasprivateidaho.com.

Monday, Sept. 7

Rare Earth Elements: Modern Uses and Geology: 1 to 2 p.m. at Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Presented by Virginia Gillerman. Free for museum members, $5 nonmembers.

Saturday, Sept. 19

Sinker Butte – Explosive History of Southwest Idaho: Meet at the WinCo parking lot on Meridian Road off I-84 (Exit 44) at 7:30 a.m. for an 8 a.m. departure. Bring lunch and water and dress for the weather. Return to Boise by 5 p.m. Brittany Brand, professor of geology at BSU, will lead the trip. Sponsored by Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology. $10 museum members, $15 nonmembers. idahomuseum.org.

Sunday, Sept. 20

Rock Party: Noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Hillside geology hikes, gold panning, museum mini-tours and activity stations for kids covering Idaho mining history, fossils and geology. Each child takes home a certificate and a free rock. $4 general, $2 children 5-12, free for ages 4 and younger and museum members. 283-3186, idahomuseum.org.

Saturday, Sept. 26

Castle Rock: Mysteries of the Past: Meet at 10:45 a.m. at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, for an 11 a.m. departure. During a moderate hike to Castle Rock, the hillside point near the Old Penitentiary, Todd Shallat, BSU, will entertain and educate people of all ages with stories of the area. Free for museum members, $5 nonmembers. 283-3186, idahomuseum.org.

Sunday, Oct. 4

Southern Comfort Gaited Horse Club Poker Ride: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Eagle Island State Park, 4000 W. Hatchery Road. Benefit for Idaho Horse Therapy, Friends of Sound Horses and The Ride for Joy Therapeutic Riding Program. $20 registration, includes first hand, lunch and raffle tickets. $5 park entry fee required. 870-2201, gaitedhorseclub.com.

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