Make a difference in our community.

Support the ERC in our 27th year!

ERC Programs:
For a full list of our current programs, please visit our website.
Artists Needed!

Are you an artist with nature or environmental themes?

Contact or 208.726.4333 if you are interested in  showing your work at the ERC.
Recycling Information

Blaine County has a new information brochure to help you recycle. 

Stop by our office at 471 Washington Ave, Ketchum to grab yours today. 

ERC Film 

Environmental Resource Center (ERC)

In 2018, the ERC celebrated its 25th anniversary. W e commissioned a short film to honor this special milestone.

This film was produced by  Dark to Light . Watch it now! 
Volunteers Needed!

Interested in staying involved with the ERC?

 Volunteers are needed for winter programs and events!

Contact or 208.726.4333 if you are interested in volunteering.
ERC Merchandise
Show your support for the ERC by sporting a trucker hat or baseball cap. Both are $20. 

Stop by the office, email ( or call (208.726.4333) to get yours today.
Science After School 
Winter Session at Alturas Elementary
Science After School is a FREE six-week program that provides 4th-5th grade students opportunities to explore their local outdoor environment and to participate in project-based learning, within the context of natural science, the environment, and sustainability issues.  This winter, the topic at Alturas Elementary School is the winter environment. 

Pre-registration is required. Limited spots are available. This program is open to Alturas Elementary School students.   

For more information on this program, contact ERC Program Director, Alisa McGowan, at or  (208) 726-4333
Winter Tracking Workshops
Discover the Mysteries Left in the Snow
Join the ERC and long-time Wood River Valley resident and tracking extraordinaire, Ann Christensen, for the second of  three Winter Tracking Workshops   on  Saturday, January 18  from  11:00AM to 2:00PM .
Ann begins each program at the ERC office (471 Washington Ave, Ketchum), introducing participants to our local winter animals, their life-histories, and their winter adaptations while laying out some basics about tracking.  Participants then head outside on a snowshoe tracking adventure north of town.  
Space is limited, so register today:  (208) 726-4333 or 

Winter Birding Walks
Join the ERC and Poo Wright-Pulliam

The ERC is hosting three opportunities for you to get out and bird with Poo Wright-Pulliam this winter! The next occurs on Saturday, January 25 from 10:00AM-1:00PM at The Nature Conservancy's Silver Creek Preserve. Silver Creek Preserve is a winter haven for many bird species including Trumpeter Swan, Great Horned Owls, and many duck species. 

Space is limited, so register today! Contact or (208) 726-4333 to reserve your spot. 
The Students and the Secretary 
Local Students Get World-Class Leadership Advice 

Never let it be said that Blaine County students aren't always ready for a learning experience of a lifetime - even during winter vacation! On Thursday, December 26th, local high school and college students (along with one brave 8th grader) had the opportunity to engage with Secretary John Kerry about strategies for combating climate change. As the moderator of the talk, I had questions prepared in case the conversation lagged, but they were never needed. Students asked thoughtful questions about everything from clever tactics to inspire the broader public to take action, to what kind of classes and majors they should pursue to have the skills and knowledge needed to make smart decisions in the future.

A big thank you to the Hailey Climate Action Coalition and The Community Library for partnering to make this event a reality, as well as the wonderful Wood River High School and Sun Valley Community School teachers and Sun Valley Institute staff who volunteered to make the event a success. What a way to close out 2019 and get inspired for 2020 - we have a lot of good work to do!

Multiple former ERC interns were in attendance at the event, including Ty Reinemann and Emily Thayer. I was so impressed with their insight and passion. They are both putting their ERC experiences to good use in the world. If you or a student that you know is looking for a place to turn excitement and interest into impact, email
Volunteer Spotlight
Gretchen Basen
For nearly two years, Gretchen Basen has devoted a half-day each week to assisting the ERC. Using her background as a Physician Assistant and her interest in the environment, she has forwarded many ERC initiatives. Gretchen has researched alternatives to pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers, selected and planted native plants for our space, assisted with programs and events including summer nature walks with the Senior Connection, in addition to helping with everyday office tasks. 

We are so grateful for Gretchen and the rest of our volunteers. 
Interested in volunteering with the ERC? Call (208) 726-4333
Community Corner
Save the Dates for These Upcoming Events
Keep an eye on this newsletter and our  event calendar  for additional happenings at the ERC and in the community!

Additional ERC Events:
Community Happenings: 
Thank you for supporting the ERC's mission of providing education and inspiring action to cultivate a healthy environment in Idaho's Wood River Valley.

Our work is not possible without you - we are incredibly grateful for your support!
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Mail: PO Box 819, Ketchum ID 83340 
Stop by: 471 Washington Ave N, Ketchum ID 83340