Dec 18, 2012, at 6:00 PM:
General meeting and Holiday Party. The festivities will begin at 6:30 with hors
doeuvres provided. Those who are so inclined, are welcome to bring additional
treats and beverages of their choice. At 7:30, two local bands, Idle Chatter and
The Riled, will entertain us with their acoustic alternative rock musings. Both
bands feature an IOA member. Other musicians are welcome, and encouraged, to
play a couple of songs for us. There will also be a stereo system set up for our
non-musician friends to share some of their favorite CD's. Bring whatever you
Dec 16, 2012, at 10:00 AM:
the Hulls Gulch National Recreation Trail.
We will meet at the IOA
at 10:00 AM,
then caravan to the trailhead,
which is located just a short drive from downtown Boise. The general public are
welcome to join us on this excellent hike. The round-trip distance is 6.8 miles,
but some might opt to turn back sooner for an easier outing. Dress warm and in
layers. Be prepared for the possibility of cold temps and snow.
Nov 13, 2012
at 7:00 PM: General Meeting.
author Sandy Epeldi will do a presentation about his brand new book, "Boise
Backcountry Adventures". The presentation will feature photos taken from the
trail during the course of "researching" the book, as well as some tips for
hiking in the Boise region. Afterwards there will be a signing, and for
those who are interested, books available for purchase.
Oct 9, 2012
at 7:00 PM: General
Meeting. We will recap our weekend at Burgdorf, and other outings. Everyone is
encouraged to share photos and tall tales from their summer adventures. Bring
your photos on a thumb
2012: Join us for a weekend of fun and
adventure at Burgdorf Hot Springs! Activities will include a day hike into
Loon Lake, where we will visit a WWII
crash site. Of course there will also be swimming in a natural hot pool and
other fun outdoor things to do. Lodging options include cabin rentals,
campsites, and RV sites (http://burgdorfhotsprings.com).
Those who would like to stay in a cabin should make their reservation ASAP
by calling (208) 636-3036. Let us know if you plan to attend so we can all find each other
for group activities. Hope to see you there!
8, 2012 at
meeting of the season. This will be a pizza party/potluck. Please bring a
salad or dessert. We will have an open mic so our members and friends can
entertain us with their musical talent. Bring a musical instrument
regardless of ability, and have some fun. The festivities begin at 6:30PM. Hope to see you there!
2012 at 7:00 PM:
General Meeting. Guest speaker Max Burke will present, "A Photographic Journey into Idaho History". Max has been volunteering doing photo scanning for the Idaho State Historical Society for six plus years. He has prepared a digital projected program that will show you what the Idaho of Yesteryear was like. Subjects will be diversified and numerous, including old buildings, towns, people, transportation and much more. Emphasis will be on Boise and the surrounding valley. All pictures are from the archives of the Idaho Historical Society. The program will conclude with a short show featuring Max's pictures taken during the recent Idaho Outdoor Association hike down the Snake River. All persons on that trip will appear in this final part of Max's program. You won't want to miss this opportunity to see these photographs.
2012 at 7:00 PM:
General Meeting. Guest speaker Matt Giovanni, PH. D., will present "An
introduction to the Peregrine Fund's new citizen science initiative: The
American Kestrel Partnership". American Kestrel populations are experiencing
long-term declines in North America, and existing data are insufficient for
understanding the causes. The American Kestrel Partnership is an
international research network designed to generate data, models, and
conservation plans for kestrel habitat and populations at large spatial
scales. The Partnership unites the data-generating capacity of citizen
scientists with the data-analysis expertise of professional scientists by
promoting research collaboration among citizen scientists, universities,
government agencies, conservation organizations, schools, and businesses.
The Partnership also fosters long-term conservation values and appreciation
of science by engaging the public with hands-on research experiences. This
presentation will share details about the Partnership and explain how you
can participate in this exciting research and conservation initiative.
There's a very good possibility that Matt will bring a trained kestrel for
the audience to enjoy.
Feb 21, 2012 at
Join us for an IOA openhouse.
The festivities will be Mardi Gras themed and guests are welcome to dress
the part. Delicious food will be served including: red beans and rice, King
cake, spinach balls, crab dip, deviled eggs and Hurricane punch. If punch
isn't your thing, feel free to bring beverages of your choice. Everyone is
encouraged to bring friends. Also, the IOA plans to engage in some outdoor
stewardship projects in the near future. We would really like to hear from
our members and friends regarding any ideas for projects to consider. If
you, or anyone you know, would like to become directly involved in such
projects, please consider joining our organization. Frankly, the more
members we have, the more we can accomplish.
Feb 11, 2012:
Dayhike at the River
Canyon Trail in
the Snake River Canyon.
We will meet at the IOA
at 9:30 AM,
then caravan to the trailhead. Along the way, we will make a stop at the
northeast end of the Lowe's Meridian parking lot (9:50 AM), where west
valley residents can join us. The drive will take roughly one hour. The hike
is a relatively easy 3.4 mile round-trip outing. The trail is located in the
heart of the Snake River Birds of Prey Area, which is home to one of the
densest populations of nesting raptors in the world. Bring your
binoculars! Our destination will be an abandoned basalt-stone cabin that is
a remnant of an old gold mining community. Author Cort Conley tells the
story of one of the residents of this former community, Doc Hisom, in his
book, "Idaho Loners". Be sure to bring extra layers of warm clothes, water
and a lunch. For
more info email:
10, 2012 at 7:00 PM:
General Meeting. Local author Rae Ann Norell will present, "Kayaking
Idaho�s Whitewater with David Norell & Friends".
This presentation will feature video and narrative showcasing whitewater
kayaking in Idaho, as well as other locations including Costa Rica,
Philippines, Canada, West Virginia, etc. The video was filmed by David
Norell, and friends. Also featured will be Urban Kayaking: an alternative to
kayaking in the winter in Idaho when water is low, and temperatures are
below freezing. Rae Ann will also talk about her recently published book,
"Broke Hungry & Happy: The Life of Dangerous Dave Norell",
which chronicles the ten years of kayaking and other
adventures that her son David experienced. There will be a book signing and
books available, for those interested.