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Challis Field Office, Phone: 208-879-6200

Challis Outdoor Classroom

High school students in this program set up and monitor long-term plots in areas of active land use and in “control” areas that are not being used. The school plans to develop educational sites for younger students where older students will introduce data collection techniques they are using today and explain their findings.

Coeur d’Alene Field Office, Phone: 208-769-5000

School Programs

Programs are available for public and private schools and homeschooling groups. Topics range from Mammals of Idaho (with emphasis on bears, wolves, ungulates, and cougar) to Songbirds and Raptors and Fish.

Traveling Trunk Program

The traveling trunk program of north Idaho brings educational material to the classroom. The 15 trunks available include Bears, Bats, Carnivores, Small Mammals, Ungulates, Wolves, Wetlands and Wildlife, Songbirds, Owls, Raptors, Lewis and Clark, Fire Ecology, Trees, Loons, and Animal Inn (snags and wildlife). The contents of these trunks enhance the teaching of sound conservation concepts.

Idaho State Office, Phone: 208-373-4000

Project Learning Tree in Idaho

In Idaho, Project Learning Tree is a multi-disciplinary education program focused on the forest environment; a partnership allows BLM to actively participate in PLT forest education programs. In conjunction with PLT, BLM offers teacher workshops focusing on such land management issues as fire ecology, the relationship between weeds and wildlife, and the challenge of balancing habitat, wildlife needs, and human activities.

Project WET in Idaho

This nationwide water education program sponsors a week-long, field-based teacher education and resource conservation workshop focused on watershed health and function. The course is specifically for secondary-school science and natural resource teachers with an interest in watershed function, resource management, water quality monitoring, and current watershed research. The course emphasizes the use of hands-on, investigative classroom and field study protocols and methodologies.

FIRE Up for Summer

This three-week summer course helps students learn about wildfire behavior, its effect on ecosystems, and minimizing rural communities’ susceptibility to fire. To prepare for field research, students are taught how to gather quality data and master the use of tools and techniques. Instruction is provided in plant identification, the use of technology such as Global Positioning Systems, and various software for data recordation. 

Shoshone Field Office, Phone: 208-732-7200

Special Workshops

Craters of the Moon National Monument offers a variety of programs, including winter ecology workshops for the public and school groups, teacher workshops, special weekend programs, and special student programs.

Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, Phone: 208-384-3485

Desert Discovery Days Desert Discovery Days

Over a four-day period, students come to Dedication Point, within the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, to rotate through four stations that teach them about the ecology of the area: wildlife (particularly raptors), vegetation, geology/soils, and predator/prey relationships.

Raptor Box

This traveling trunk contains various resources and a teacher instruction notebook for teaching about raptors.

WILD About Raptors

BLM joins with several partners to deliver this two-day teacher workshop focusing on raptor biology and ecology. One day is spent in “class,” and the second day is spent on a field trip. Spring field trips take place at the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area; fall field trips take place at the Idaho Bird Observatory.

Southwest Idaho Ecosystem Discovery

A mini-guide to assist educators in teaching about Southwest Idaho’s ecosystems and environments. 

Raptor Presentations

Live raptor presentations cover the ecology of the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, raptor characteristics, and the nocturnal adaptations of owls.


BEYOND SCHOOL


Challis Field Office, Phone: 208-879-6200

Challis Bison Kill Site Archaeological Expedition

In cooperation with the National Park Service and Earthwatch, a small group of high school students from around the country assist with investigations at the Challis Bison Kill archaeological site. Students apply for scholarships through Earthwatch's Student Challenge and Awards Program to participate in 2-3 weeks of archaeological site survey, testing, and excavation.

Archaeology Day

Annual event for 4th graders held in May, usually co-hosted with Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation at the Yankee Fork Interpretive Center.

Coeur d’Alene Field Office, Phone: 208-769-5000

Watchable Wildlife

Wildlife education events include the Salmon Festival, Project Wild Workshops (such as Wild about Raptors), North Idaho FlyCasters Conservation Festival, North Idaho Girl Scout Rendezvous, and the North Idaho Fair.

Eagle Viewing Days

From mid-November to early January, during their annual migration southward, the eagles arrive in north Idaho. BLM provides programs of lake cruises and land viewing at Wolf Lodge Bay, Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Annual Osprey Cruise

The BLM joins the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce each year to provide viewing and educational experiences for the public on the annual Osprey Cruise. It takes place on the second Saturday of July on Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Raptor Rehabilitation Center Programs

At the Raptor Rehabilitation Center, injured raptors are given a second chance. Some birds are able to be released after care, while others become feathered ambassadors for wildlife education programs offered by BLM biologists and other partners.

Wildlife Education Center (WEC) Programs

Displays of taxidermied wildlife in natural type habitats, as well as replicas of an eagle nest, a beaver lodge, and a bear den provide the setting for numerous wildlife-related education programs. BLM staff and other partners offer hands-on activities that teach school classes, scout groups, and adult community groups about Idaho’s varied natural resources.

Student Wildlife Mentoring Program

Young people between the ages of 12 and 18 with an interest in wildlife gain hands-on experience at the Wildlife Education Center. For 1 to 2 hours per week, they help care for the live animals – cleaning, feeding and socializing the owls, falcons, and hawk. They also help with public programs, such as the North Idaho Fair, library talks, and campground gatherings.

Cottonwood Field Office, Phone: 208-962-3245

Kids Fishing Derby

This annual event is held in conjunction with Idaho’s Free Fishing Day and National Fishing and Boating Week.

Idaho State Office, Phone: 208-373-4000

EarthTracks Newsletter

The creation of five major environmental education providers in Idaho and the Idaho Environmental Education Association, EarthTracks is a “one-stop shopping” newsletter for Idaho’s education community. Newsletter partners aim to increase use of quality environmental education programs and materials; provide teaching tools, instructional tips, and educational resources for teachers; and advocate balance in educators’ approach to issues.

Salmon & Steelhead Days

This annual educational event was created to elevate public awareness of the biological, cultural, historical, and economic importance of Idaho’s anadromous fish. Event activities enhance understanding of the natural history and cultural significance of salmon and steelhead. Children study the aquatic environment on both microscopic and watershed scales; the study of cultural aspects is enhanced by a visit to a Native American encampment.

Salmon Field Office, Phone: 208-756-5400

Kids Fish Fair

This event is held at the Kids Creek Park in Salmon, Idaho, in conjunction with Idaho Free Fishing Day and National Fishing and Boating Week.

Shoshone Field Office, Phone: 208-732-7200

Volcanoes, Bats, and Caves

This interactive, hands-on education program at Craters of the Moon National Monument deals with Snake River Plain volcanology, lava transport, and cave formation, and offers an optional field trip to a volcano and cave. Species and habitats within lava-tube caves are emphasized. The program aims to facilitate understanding and appreciation of the local lava landscape.

Leave No Trace Program

Two Leave No Trace Master Trainers are available from the Shoshone Field Office to deliver a variety of pre-designed Leave No Trace programs upon request. Programs range from one-hour “awareness workshops” to three-day backpacking trips resulting in official Leave No Trace certification.

Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, Phone: 208-384-3485

Spring Hikes

BLM staff lead walks, hikes, and bird-banding trips primarily within the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area.

Birds of Prey Youth Art Contest and Calendar

A yearly kids’ art contest produces artwork for a calendar that is distributed through Kuna School District schools.

Public Events

BLM hosts a booth and/or presentations at yearly public events in the area, including Bald Eagle Days, Earth Day, Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge’s BioBlitz, and Migratory Bird Day.

Raptor Presentations

Presentations using live raptors cover the ecology of the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, raptor characteristics, and the nocturnal adaptations of owls.

Raptor Information Sheets

Life histories of the 24 raptors that use the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA) are presented in individual information sheets. Available on the NCA website, the information sheets are also included in each Raptor Box and compiled in notebooks that are available for viewing during public events and at the Kuna Visitor Center.

Upper Snake River Field Office, Phone: 208-524-7500 

Leave No Trace Program

Leave No Trace Master Trainers are available from the Upper Snake River Field Office in Idaho Falls to deliver a variety of pre-designed Leave No Trace programs upon request. Programs range from one-hour “awareness workshops” to three-day backpacking trips resulting in official Leave No Trace certification.

Partners in Education

The BLM partners with many environmental education providers, state and Federal agencies and local schools and universities to bring quality education to teachers and the citizens of Idaho.  This allows us to provide information to you on our outstanding natural and cultural resources statewide in the most efficient way possible.