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Summer Programs Wrap Up:
For a full list of our current programs, please visit our website.
Stories and Photos Needed!

Did you know that the ERC will be in its 25th year of operation next year!?

 Do you have a story about the ERC or a photo that you would like to share with us?

We want to hear from you!

Contact Hadley DeBree ( ; 208.726.4333).
Volunteers Needed!

Interested in staying involved with the ERC?

 Volunteers are needed for fall programs and events!

Contact Hadley DeBree ( ; 208.726.4333) if you are interested in volunteering.
Renew Your ERC Membership
August is ERC membership renewal month!  

For nearly 25 years, the generosity and passion of community members like you has allowed the Environmental Resource Center (ERC) to provide year-round, experiential outreach programs that provide education and inspire action to cultivate a healthy environment.  Most of the ERC's programs are offered free of charge .  

We could not provide these programs without your generous support. Please consider joining or renewing your membership today and doing your part in educating and activating our community to create a healthier environment. 

Keep reading to find out specifically what we have been working on thanks to your generosity this summer!
Youth Education
Another successful summer!  


We spent the last two weeks of July at the Idaho BaseCamp  facilitating two week-long sessions of overnight EcoCamp. Highlights of camp this year included backpacking to Bellas Lake, sampling macroinvertebrates, creating skits about the Leave No Trace principles and playing games by the campfire each evening. For more stories about EcoCamp, check out our blog, and to see pictures of our explorations and adventures, visit our Facebook  page.

This year we were able to offer $2,475 in scholarships to 40% of EcoCampers thanks to the support of the Campfire Foundation
Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Lightfoot Foundation, and Rocky Mountain Hardware.
  Youth Collaborative Programs 
This summer we led environmental education programs for Higher Ground Sun Valley, The Hunger Coalition, BCRD, YMCA, I Have a Dream Foundation, Sun Valley Company and more! 
The ERC is honored to be a part of the programming at these organizations. Together we can create a healthy and resilient community! 
Contact ERC Program Director, Alisa McGowan, for more information on the ERC's youth programs: or (208) 726-4333.
Pesticide Action
Wood River Insectary Update
Our  Pesticide Action  summer intern, Kim Kishimoto, has been hard at work maintaining the Wood River Insectary under the guidance of USFS Botanist and ERC Board Member, Deb Taylor. The insectary is growing knapweed-eating insects. 
In collaboration with the Forest Service, Kim and ERC Program Director, Alisa, provided a program about noxious weeds at the YMCA's summer camp. Campers were able to observe live weevils from the insectary in their larval, pupal and adult stages. 
For more information about the ERC's Pesticde Action
program or the Wood River Insectary, contact (208) 726-4333 or
Recycling Outreach & Action
Summer Recycling Programs Update   
The ERC facilitated recycling for over 25 community events including Ketch'em Alive, Jazz in the Park, Ketchum Arts Festival and the total solar eclipse party at Festival Meadows this summer! 

Thank you to Claire Siderman, our summer intern who oversaw recycling at these events! 

If you are interested in having the ERC facilitate recycling at your next event, call us at  (208) 726-4333 or email .
Pick Up for the Planet (PUP)
Help us cultivate a healthy local environment!

The ERC's PUP program provides dog waste bags, educational signage and weekly bin servicing at 16 trailheads valley wide. This summer alone we have diverted 100 33-gallon bags of dog waste! 
Read our recent Letter to the Editor in the Idaho Mountain Express to learn more about why the PUP program is vital to maintaining a healthy local environment. 

For more information about the PUP program or to sponsor a bin, click here or contact  (208) 726-4333 
Connecting People to Nature
Firelines Exhibit

The Community Library's Sun Valley Museum of History is currently showing an exhibit called Firelines .

Firelines showcases the story of wildland fires in the American West, examining how human development and climate change have impacted wildfires over the last century. The ERC is proud to be supporting Firelines.  

The exhibit will be open through October 7. 
For more information on the Firelines exhibit, click here.

The Sun Valley Museum of History is located at First & Washington (in Forest Service Park), Ketchum, Idaho. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Upcoming Events
What's happening at the ERC this fall?

Wood River Middle School ROES Camp
The last week in September the ERC will be partnering with the Wood River Middle School during their
Residential Outdoor Environmental School ( ROES ) camp. The ERC will be providing funding and programming for  ROES camp. Every 6th grader at the Wood River Middle School and Hemingway STEAM School will attend this overnight camp. Camp is entering its 43rd year! The ERC is excited to be assisting this program into the future to ensure this opportunity to engage and excite students about the local  environment and foster environmental stewardship remains!
Science After School (SAS)
Fall sessions of  SAS  will begin in October. Stay tuned for details available in  late September! 
Office Closure 
The ERC office will be closed Thursday, August 31 - Sunday, September 10! If possible, please hold your battery, plastic film and small electronic recycling drop-offs until we return. 
To view all of the ERC's upcoming events including Y outh Collaborative and  Growing Great Minds  programs, please visit our   online calendar
Thank you for supporting the ERC's mission of providing education and inspiring action to cultivate a healthy environment.

Our work is not possible without you - we are incredibly grateful for your support!
Hadley DeBree 
Executive Director 
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