Wednesday, June 15
Backcountry Idaho: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Nampa Public Library, 215 12th Ave. S. Meet authors Steve Weston, who will share tips on how to become a good backcountry cook, and Scott Marchant, who will share images of the backcountry scenery of Idaho and information about hiking in remote areas. Free. 468-4474.
Thursday, June 16
Tour of the Reserves: The Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center and Idaho Conservation League offer a year-long series, starting with Polecat Reserve. Hikes start at 5:30 p.m. Some months include short hikes, others include walking presentations, historical stories, acoustic concerts. Free; registration required. 345-6933, ext. 16. No pets.
Thursday, June 16, to Saturday, June 25
Pedal 4 the People: Ten-day festival 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 is from 6 to 10 p.m. June 16 at 10 Barrel Brewing, 830 W. Bannock St., Boise, and the Helladrome Grand Finale Party at 6 p.m. June 25 at Whole Foods parking lot, 201 S. Broadway Ave., Boise. Post or find events at pedal4thepeople.org or facebook.com/Pedal4thePeopleBoise.
Saturday, June 18
Boise Ridge to Hawley Mountain: Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, for an 8 a.m. departure. Don Adair PG will lead an updated road tour along the Boise Ridge on the western margin of the Boise Basin from Bogus Basin to Hawley Mountain Lookout. Return to Boise by 5 p.m. Bring lunch and water. $10 IMMG members, $15 nonmembers. No registration needed. 853-1678, idahomuseum.org.
Rifle Marksmanship Clinic: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Nampa Rod and Gun Club, 7990 Bennet Road. Presented by Revere’s Riders. $40 general, $20 youth, military. reveresriders.org/event/2016-jun-18-nampa-id/
Sunday, June 19
Idaho’s Gold Mining History: 1 p.m. at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Historian Troy Lambert, IMMG Advisory Board, will talk about the history of gold mining in Idaho; gold panning to follow. Free for IMMG members, $5 nonmembers. 571-5720, idahomuseum.org.
Saturday, June 25
Rock to Products youth workshop: 10 a.m. to noon at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Grades 4 and up can explore the journey from raw material to rock-based end products. Includes hands-on activities such as volcano making, fossil digging and gold panning. $10. Registration required by June 20. 571-5720, idahomuseum.org.
Tamarack Bike Park Opening Day: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tamarack Resort, 311 Village Drive. Offering lift service to mountain bikers Saturdays and Sunday from June 25 to Sept. 4. Season passes for the bike park are currently on sale for $99 plus tax if purchased before June 20. (208) 325-1000, tamarackidaho.com/event/bike-park-opening-day.
Sunday, July 10
Meteorites: 1 p.m. at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Michael Callahan, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Boise State University, will explain how meteorites provide a window into the chemistry that took place during the formation of the solar system. Free for museum members, $5 nonmembers. 571-5720, idahomuseum.org.
Saturday, July 23
Historic Northeast Oregon Mining: Meet at the WinCo parking lot on Meridian Road at 7:30 a.m. for an 8 a.m. departure. Retired Oregon State geologist Mark Ferns will lead the tour. Visit the restored Sumpter Dredge, then loop through Granite to Greenhorn and then down the Burnt River. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Back in Boise by 7 p.m. $10 Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology museum members, $15 nonmembers. No registration needed. 853-1678, idahomuseum.org.
Saturday, July 30
Hydro-geology Geysers Galore: 10 a.m. to noon at Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Children in grades 4 and up will learn about Idaho’s geothermal water through hands-on activities. Register by July 25 with Eliza, 571-5720. idahomuseum.org.
Sunday, Sept. 11
Jordan’s Ride: Late registration at 7 a.m. with start of first ride at 7:30 a.m. at Eagle Sports Complex, 12000 Horseshoe Bend Road, Garden City. Distances include 10, 30, 50, 100 and 105 miles. Benefit bicycle ride to raise funds for Inland Northwest SIDS Foundation and The SUDC Foundation. $35 individual, $25 children 15 and younger. jordansride.org.
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