Idaho Outdoor Association

Welcome to the IOA! 
Our Mission and Objectives are: 

  • To promote and encourage stewardship of the wildlife, habitat, and recreational resources of the state of Idaho.  

  • To encourage good sportsmanship, ethics, and responsibility in outdoor activities. 

  • To conserve, protect, and help maintain both public and private property used for recreational purposes. 

  • To promote and encourage healthy outdoor activities. 

We believe that anyone who participates in outdoor recreation of any kind should be willing to help protect and improve the natural resources of the state of Idaho. 

General meetings are held at our hall at 7:00 P.M., the second Tuesday of each month, October through May. 

Our meetings are free, open to the public, and refreshments are encouraged.   

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Proud Partner of: 

 Image of the number three principal:                                                      Dispose of Waste Properly.  - LNT Trainer's Course 2018.  Hosted by the IOA. Campout Weekend 2018, Idaho City, Idaho.

2017 Leave No Trace Training Food Prep

The Idaho Outdoor Association is a chartering organization for a Scouting Unit. As more information becomes available we will provide an interest page and schedule a parents meeting. This Scouting unit will focus on outdoor recreation, conservation and outdoor ethics in alignment with the IOA mission.

Boise Front 4th of July Butterfly Count Presentation

April 11 @ 7:00 pm

Everybody likes Butterflies, right?

Dr. Paul Castrovillo, Organizer for Boise Front 4th of July Butterfly Count, will speak to the Idaho Outdoor Association on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 7:00 pm at the IOA Hall, 3401 S Brazil St, Boise.

He will give information on some Idaho Butterfly Biology and Ecology, a history of their survey and some information on what they’ve observed. Most importantly, he will tell how YOU can become involved in this exciting, fun and scientifically valuable project, as well as talk about some of the other local Citizen Science opportunities happening in our area.

For the past 50 years, data recording the types and numbers of butterflies being found in North America, has been collected annually by Citizen Scientists in roughly 400 locations throughout Canada, the U.S. and northern Mexico. This is a first major step in attempting to understand what is happening in the Butterfly World, how we are impacting it and how we might help improve things. Boise Front has been hosting a survey and furnishing data for 32 years.

This event is free and open to the general public. See you there!

Please register at our events page.


Wednesday, April 12, 2023, 5:45 PM – 9:00 PM

Ready for another hump day adventure?  This time we are going further afield to explore an Owyhee Front rhyolite butte.  The hike is short, about a mile round-trip, but there is no trail. The terrain is mostly flat, but climbs steeply on the final push up to the top of the butte. We recommend trekking poles.

Elephant Butte has two summits. One involves a reasonably easy scramble to the top, suitable for the whole group. The other, the true summit, requires about 15' of rock climbing. We will assist the more adventurous among us to the true summit, if they bring a climbing harness.

We will meet at the IOA Hall and caravan to our location. The drive will take about an hour (depending on traffic flow).  Another option is to just meet us at Elephant Butte, where the rest of us should arrive at about 6:45-7:00.

To reach the butte, take Hwy 55 (exit #33A on I-84) to Marsing. Proceed through Marsing to a left turn onto Hwy 95. Travel 5.5 miles on Hwy 95 to a left turn onto Sommercamp Road (probably unsigned). Follow Sommercamp for roughly a mile to an unmarked pullout at the road's highpoint. The pullout is on the right side of the road, just before the road descends to Squaw Creek. Elephant Butte is the prominent feature to the right of the road.

See you there. 

Please register at our events page.

The Idaho Outdoor Association is celebrating 10 years of Crater Crawl!

Take advantage of the early bird rate and...

Register Here

For more info, or to sign up, visit our Annual Crater Crawl page.

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For snail mail, please use P.O. Box 15943, Boise, ID 83715, to contact us.  Thank you!

3401 S. Brazil St. , P.O. Box 15943, Boise, ID 83715

The Idaho Outdoor Association, Inc. is a non-profit organization. 

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