Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Programs as wide as nature

Sawtooth National Recreation Area expands offerings for summer


    The Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association recently announced its summer program for 2013, which is designed to help children and adults increase their awareness and enjoyment of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area north of Ketchum.
    The association is the chief partner of the Forest Service for providing interpretive and educational programs for the SNRA. Its mission is to “protect and advance the natural and cultural history of Idaho’s Sawtooth-Salmon River country through preservation and education.”
    “We’re busily gearing up now, and are once again expanding the programs we offer to the local community and visitors to the Sawtooth NRA,” said Executive Director Terry Clark. “We’re really excited about the summer. Thanks to our many supporters, we’ve added to our amazing staff of naturalists and historians, and are increasing the number of programs that people can choose to participate in.”
    SIHA’s programs for the summer include the Stanley Museum, which is open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 11 a.m to 5 p.m., and planned activities, such as scavenger hunts for kids, an ice-cream social on Aug. 11, and the Stanley Salmon Festival on Aug. 24.
    The Sawtooth Forum and Lecture Series will be offered for the sixth year, with lectures every Friday evening from July 5 through Aug. 30.
    There will be two lectures every Friday night, one at 5 p.m. at the Stanley Museum, and one at 8 p.m. at the Redfish Center & Gallery. The program features a range of topics including wolves, bats, stars, the Sawtooth Valley history, wilderness photography, salmon and birds of prey.
    The Redfish Center & Gallery features local artists, and new exhibits, displays and video programs. Activities include nature walks, Junior Ranger programs, campfire programs, Redfish Lake boat tours and discovery stations.
    This year, the season will begin June 14 and run daily through Sept. 15.  The center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    “The Forest Service is grateful to have a long-term partner like SIHA to support activities that enrich your experience in this beautiful place,” said Becky Nourse, supervisor of the Sawtooth National Forest. “SIHA’s support for our public education and interpretive programs helps National Forest visitors gain a better understanding and appreciation of this spectacular area.”
    SIHA programs are funded by book and map sales at 10 sales outlets, which include eight in the Sawtooth and two in the Salmon-Challis national forest, as well as through donations, grants and memberships.
    For more information on SIHA and programs and membership, visit


Lifting up the mountains
The Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association was established in 1972, the same year Congress formed the Sawtooth NRA from some of the most scenic parts of the Sawtooth, Challis and Boise national forests to protect and enhance the scenic, natural, historic, pastoral and fish and wildlife values of the area and to develop the recreational values associated with those values. Since 1972, SIHA has expanded its territory to cover the entire Sawtooth National Forest and part of the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

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