What is it?
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?
(Usually) 2nd Weds of every month. 5:30 PM.
Outsider Corps is on vacation during "slack" in the Wood River Valley. How appropriate.
Starting March 14 2018, we have a new location at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden. Scroll down to the bottom on the page for directions.
- April 11th. Cancelled due to slack in the Wood River Valley. Outsider Corps will return soon.
- Other upcoming programs (dates not set):
- Los Diarios de Motocicletas y Gringos
You get the idea...
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Who are the presenters?
We're looking for "trip reports" by and from locals or visitors, scientists, volunteers, adventurers, travelers, or informational session on topics like first aid, travel medicine etc.
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.
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.
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.
Directions to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden
If you are coming from Ketchum, travel approximately 4 miles south on Highway 75 and turn left on Gimlet Road. If coming from Hailey, pass the Gimlet subdivision, then turn right on Gimlet Road. In either case, once on Gimlet Road, make a quick left into the Garden. There is lots of parking. Head for the Visitor's Center.