What is it?
Think of it as the really really big and improved version of "How I spent my summer vacation."
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.
- There will be 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.
- There will be 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.
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? Let's talk.
As much as we enjoy the small and simple pleasure in life, this is about something bigger and deeper. It's about experiential travel that dives into the true spirit of a place.
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.
Where is it?
Monthly programs are upstairs at Whiskey Jacques. If you are new in town or visiting, that's on Main Street, Ketchum.
When is it?
2nd Weds of the month. 5:30 PM.
November program Nov 8, 2017
December program Dec 13, 2017
January program Jan 10, 2018
More dates coming...
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Mostly you. 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. You don't have to be a world class explorer, just have the spirit of exploring.
You don't have to be a great presenter either. Be real, 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 be there and still be inspiring for the next seven generations. This is the power of traveling “outside” to create and share good in the world.
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.
- The Outsider Corps program will serve as a means to recruit, coordinate, put into action and celebrate the conservation actions of talented and committed "outsiders" from local to global.
- Boost the conservation impact and results of the Institute's programs in the West and Internationally via the diverse skills and assistance of the participants.
- Provide opportunities to participants to use their unique skills, learn about other cultures, scientific techniques and to restore and conserve important natural places.
- Celebrate and share inspiring outside places and the experiences exploring them.
I want to do a program - what do I need to know?
All the info is here.
Programs in the pipeline (no dates set, so don't wait to get your own trip report on the schedule) include:
- Los Diarios de Motocicletas y Gringos
- Southern Rockies Climate and Pika Monitoring Project
- Paddling the Big Blackwater - Okeefenokee swamp
To start, programs will roughly follow this format:
- Half an hour of meet and greet your neighbors. We will try to keep noise and food within this 30 minutes.
- Start the program with news, announcements, upcoming events - Institute staff or a combo of staff and presenters will do this.
- The main program or several shorter programs combined. Institute staff will do the first couple of months of programs - then we expect to turn it over to you.
- A little post program socializing, questions, etc. Get everyone home in time to go to work the next day.