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What is it?
A really really big and improved version of "How I spent my summer vacation" mashed up with volunteer projects.
More specifically, Outsider Corps has two parts.
- Free monthly programs with slideshows celebrating all kinds of trip reports, with and without volunteer work. Got a bucket list? You'll need to update it after a few of these programs.
- Volunteer projects that you can opt to participate in. You'll hear more about this at the monthly programs. They may be local or international. Past projects have been in New Mexico, Bonaire, and Colombia.
When/Where is it?
2nd Weds of the month. 5:30 PM. (exception Feb 2018) Monthly programs are upstairs at Whiskey Jacques. If you are new in town or visiting, that's on Main Street, Ketchum.
Upcoming programs by Famous locals and soon to be Famous locals
- Feb 14, 2018 - changed to Feb 15th to avoid conflicts with Valentine's day. Still at 5:30 pm upstairs at Whiskey's.
Travel across time, many miles and many lessons learned when Larry Barnes comes to Outsider Corps with his presentation The Seabird Legacy of the Exxon Valdez.
Currently teaching biology at Wood River High School, Larry has been studying birds and the infamous oil spill in the Prince William Sound area of Alaska since 1985. He brings a unique knowledge that combines long-term, in-depth, personal and scientific.
In 1985, Larry worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Prince William Sound to assess seabird and sea otter populations - just in case there was ever an oil spill in the area. On March 24, 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez entered the Sound, struck a reef, tore open the hull and released 11 million gallons of oil, triggering one of our greatest environmental disasters.
Twenty-eight years have passed. How has the ecosystem recovered and in particular what was the effect on seabirds?
- March 14th. Famous local Nappy Neaman will talk about his work with mountain goats.
- April 11th. TBA
- Other upcoming programs (dates not set):
- Los Diarios de Motocicletas y Gringos
You get the idea...
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Who are the presenters?
At this time, this program is just for residents of the Wood River Valley Idaho. Get together with friends old and new and share experiences, up close and personal.
We're looking for "trip reports" by and from locals, supplemented by the occasional world class adventurer, or informational session on topics like first aid, travel medicine etc.
Everyone is welcome at these programs from young to old. A "gap year" is no longer just for young people - it can be a great way to kick off active retirement. But there are lots of ideas - come to the meetings and talk to us if you have questions.
You don't have to be a world class explorer or a world class presenter, just have the spirit of exploring. We're looking for trip reports from real people. Just be you. Have fun.
We do, however, ask parents to ensure that young children behave in a manner respectful of the time and energy being donated by the presenters.
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"Stuff your eyes with wonder... see the world"
Ray Bradbury, Farenheit 451 (slightly edited, with apologies to Ray).
What make some trips great? Whether close to home or on the edge of world, great trips have experiences that “stuff your eyes with wonder” and inspire us to give back - protect, preserve, restore, those great places and the people who live there. Help ensure that they will still be inspiring for the next seven generations. This is the power of traveling “outside” to create and share good in the world.
There are other conservation programs that use volunteers. We intend this program to be a little different and a little more in-depth. A place where you can use your unique skills, rather than be part of the herd. Can you speak a second language? Scuba dive? Are you a talented videographer? Interested in scientific techniques? This might be your chance to really use your skills. Let's talk.
The success of this program will depend on your participation and we know you are out there. The Wood River Valley is up to its eyeballs with people who like to go beyond the pavement, dare to roam differently, and can tell a great story (and maybe a few whoppers too). We'll have locals and any other visiting adventurers we can round up, maybe a few information sessions too.
Need we say more? Well, yes. Because as much as we love nature, adventure and travel, the Institute wants to do more, much more. So this program has serious goals.
1. To communicate with the local communities in which the Institute is based, to share experiences of inspiring outside places and connect this inspiration to conserving these places for the next seven generations.
2. To recruit, train when appropriate, and deploy highly skilled and dedicated volunteers to leverage and expand the Institute’s impact in its projects in a cost-effective way.
3. To provide volunteers with opportunities to use their existing skills, learn new skills and make a difference to restore and conserve places, natural resources and the communities that depend on these resources.