Outdoors

Playing Outdoors calendar: Aug. 31-Sept. 6

Saturday, Sept. 3

International Vulture Awareness Day: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the World Center for Birds of Prey, 5668 W. Flying Hawk Lane, Boise. Scavenger hunt, speaker, live bird presentations. 362-8687, peregrinefund.org.

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 3-4

Rebecca’s Private Idaho: 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 scenic Pioneer Mountains of Central Idaho, with renown champion cyclist and endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch. Also, an expo, music and entertainment village in downtown Ketchum tied into the city’s Wagon Days Festival, plus a registration celebration the day prior. $120-$147. rebeccasprivateidaho.com.

Sunday, Sept. 4

Old Selam Trail Ride: In Council (new location). Pleasure trail ride on your horse on the scenic Weiser River Trail. $20. Pre-registration encouraged but not required. 887-2068, fwrt@inbox.com; endurance.net/switdr/.

Wednesday, Sept. 7

Wild Idaho: Bird Migration: 6 p.m. at Meridian Library District, 1326 W. Cherry Lane. Discover Idaho's special place on bird migration routes and learn more about Intermountain Bird Observatory’s programs to track migratory birds locally. Free.

Saturday, Sept. 10

Courageous Climbers event: 10 a.m. to noon at the Downtown YMCA, 1050 W. State St., Boise. Unique rock climbing program for children with special needs. To reserve a spot for a child, send Jeff Riechmann an email to jeffriechmann@cs.com or an IM via the Courageous Kids Climbing page on Facebook.

Sight In event: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Black’s Creek Public Shooting Range, 2420 E. Kuna-Mora Road. Qualified experts will help participants get their favorite hunting rifle(s) — centerfire or black powder — and/or hunting handguns zeroed in on the bullseye. Cost per shooter is $10, and shooters may bring multiple firearms. There is no cost for non-shooters. 327-0507 or 841-5064.

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 10-11

Great Idaho Gun Show: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Ford Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. Sponsored by Lewis-Clark Trader. $8 admission, free for children 9 and younger.

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.

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 14-15

Crosstoberfest: Oct. 14-15 in Hailey. Cycling and beer festival with more than 75 beers on tap, music, Bavarian-style eats and races for men, women and youth. Benefits Road & Dirt. $25 for the weekend, $15 Friday only. crosstoberfestidaho.com.

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