Playing Outdoors calendar: August 10-16

Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 10-14

Idaho Backcountry Fitness Retreat: At Shepp Ranch, on the Main Salmon River approximately 45 miles east of Riggins. Four-night fitness vacation begins with a jet boat ride into a backcountry ranch. Each day is balanced between leisure and fitness activities such as group exercise classes, hiking, yoga, horseback rides, etc. $2,000/person plus taxes and fees. (208) 353-2182, ameliasfitnesstraining.com.

Saturday, Aug. 13

Sedimentology of Table Rock: Register at Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, at 7:30 a.m. with departure at 8 a.m. After driving up to Table Rock, guides Steve Cox and Eliza Schulz will take participants on an easy walk to discuss the geology of the area and the fire damage. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water and lunch. Table Rock tour ends by noon. After lunch Steve and Eliza may continue with a moderate hike to Caste Rock. $10 IMMG members, $15 nonmembers. Steve 853-1678; idahomuseum.org.

Huck’n Bass Kayak Derby: 5 to 9 p.m. at Tamarack Marina, Lake Cascade. Winner takes all with the single biggest fish. Kayaks only. $20 entry; preregister at Alpenglow Mountainsport. Smiley, 670-4260; Jeremy, 258-5480.

Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 13-14

NSSF Rimfire Challenge Northwest Championship: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Parma Rod and Gun Club, 1420 Boehm Lane. Family-friendly event for beginners to pro shooters with 14 stages and 500 rounds. $75 registration, $45 children/junior. 333-9901, rc.parmarng.org.

Shooting Sports Classic and Big Game Classic: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cabela’s, 8109 W. Franklin Road, Boise. Various free seminars on shooting and hunting equipment, game calling, and survival, as well as interactive wildlife identification and calling for lil’ hunters, and the opportunity for all to meet Cabela’s Pro Staff Jim Brennan. 672-7900, cabelas.com/boise.

Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 20-21

Idaho Knife Association Knife Show: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Wyndham Garden Boise Airport Hotel, 3300 S. Vista Ave. Hundreds of traditional hunting, utility, culinary and collectible knives from local and world famous makers, as well as tactical, military and law enforcement grade knives, gear and supplies. Also, knife-making demonstrations, classes on self-defense techniques, a cutting challenge, and silent and live auctions. $5 per person per day or $12 per family, free for Idaho Knife Association members. idahoknife.com.

Friday-Saturday, Aug. 26-27

Sawtooth Salmon Festival: Kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday at the Stanley Community Center, Idaho 21, with a presentation by Outdoor Idaho and Idaho Public Television’s host Bruce Reichert. Continues Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Stanley Museum, with free shuttle tours throughout the day to view wild salmon spawning; educational booths; salmon experts; food and drink; and a salmon dinner with music ($40 general, $30 for SIHA or IRU members). Free. (208) 343-7481, idahorivers.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.

Intro to Geologic Mapping: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Learn the principles of geology, rock unit identification and description. Includes a moderate hike to Castle Rock while mapping the local geology of the area. Facilitated by Josh Ekhoff and Amanda Laib, Boise State University. Bring snacks and water, wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Free to museum mmebers, $5 nonmembers. 571-5720, idahomuseum.org.

Sunday, Sept. 18

Rock Party: Noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Activity stations for kids covering Idaho mining history, fossils and geology. Each child takes home a certificate and a free rock; easy hillside geo hikes, gold panning, geode-cracking and more. $4 general, $2 children 5-17, free for ages 4 and younger and museum members. 283-3186, idahomuseum.org.

Saturday, Sept. 24

Exploring Idaho Volcanism: Brittany Brand, volcanology professor at Boise State University, will lead a trip to Guffey Butte near Celebration Park to observe a maar volcano. Register at the WinCo parking lot on Meridian Road at I-84 at 7:30 a.m. with an 8 a.m. departure. West Valley folks can register at Celebration Park between 8:45 and 9 a.m. Bring lunch, lots of water and dress for the weather. Return to Boise by 5 p.m. Approx. three-mile moderate hike. No preregistration required. $10 museum members, $15 nonmembers. 853-1678, idahomuseum.org.

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