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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!
Interested in staying involved with the ERC?
Volunteers are needed for summer programs and events!
Contact Hadley DeBree (
; 208.726.4333) if you are interested in volunteering.
ERC's Summer Interns
Meet Kim and Claire, our newest interns!
Kim Kishimoto - Pesticide Action
Kim grew up in Hawaii
and graduated from
Washington University last spring
with a B.S. in Biology/Anthropology. She has worked with programs
university, such as LEAD, that
environmental and community health.
Kim is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys mountain biking, hiking, climbing, and really anything that gets her outside. Through her internship with the ERC, she aims to help others appreciate the environment as much as she does.
Claire Siderman - Recycling Outreach & Action
Claire was born and raised in the Wood River Valley. Graduating from Community School in 2015, she now attends Quest University Canada in Squamish, BC, and is exploring questions related to the interactions between humans and their ecological environments. Influenced by her surroundings, Claire spends much of her free time outside and enjoying the mountains in many different ways.
As the Recycling Outreach and Action Intern, she is excited not only to be working with the ERC, but with our larger community. She is eager to learn more about what motivates folks to make conscious environmental decisions. Feel free to approach her at any event with questions about recycling in our valley.
Camps begin next week!
Next week, we begin two weeks of adventure in our overnight EcoCamps over Trail Creek at the Idaho BaseCamp.
Camps are designed for rising 5th-9th grade students and work to bring - and keep - our children outdoors, learning, exploring, and reveling in the natural world. Ultimately, we strive to give campers the confidence, tools, and passion to become the next generation of environmental stewards.
We cannot wait to share camps stories and photos with you in August!
Thank you to the Campfire Foundation,
Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Lightfoot Foundation, and
Rocky Mountain Hardware for providing scholarship support for the ERC's EcoCamps.
Summer Firelines Exhibit
Make sure to swing by and check it out!
The Community Library's
Sun Valley Museum of History
is currently showing a new exhibit called
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
Tuesday, July 18 at 6pm at The Community Library
Reading and discussion of the book "Wildfire: A Century of Failed Forest Policy" with author George Wuerthner
For more information on the
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.
Join the ERC team!
We are currently hiring!
The ERC is currently seeking a Development and Community Engagement Coordinator. This position will work closely with the Executive Director, working in all aspects of development - managing, building, and expanding fundraising efforts through overseeing the ERC's donor database. This position will also assist with marketing efforts, volunteer coordination, and when needed, may facilitate youth and community programs.
This position will begin as a part-time position (24 hours/week), and for the right candidate, can become a full-time, exempt position.
Deadline to apply is Sunday, July 23.
For the complete job description and for more information,
Our summer has been filled with youth programs
Check out Program Director Alisa McGowan's newest
on all of the exciting collaborative youth programs we've been able to be involved with this summer.
Street Party for the Planet
Thank you to all who made the event a success!
Photo credit: Charlotta Harris
The ERC's first annual Street Party for the Planet was a huge success! Thank you to the 300+ community members who came out and partied for the planet while supporting the ERC! We are so grateful to work in such an incredible community and cannot wait to see you all at our event next year!
Thank you to everyone who made the event possible:
- DJ Diva Marlin Valdivia, who very generously donated her time.
- Food and drink vendors: Smoke Over Baldy, Pizza Diavola, CSB - Sun Valley / Nouveaux Distributing, and Rickshaw, all of whom donated part of their proceeds back to the ERC.
- Door prize sponsors: The Elephant's Perch, D. L. Evans Bank, Backwoods Mountain Sports,
Valley Dental Arts and Dr. Ben Franz,
Sun Valley Trekking.
To the City of Ketchum for assisting us with the process of closing off Washington Avenue.
To our neighbors who allowed us to close off the street:
Despo's Mexican Restaurant (additionally they donated 10% of their proceeds from that night to the ERC),
Java on Fourth,
Ikaunieks Salon, and
To our volunteers: Peter Jensen, Barbara Hurlbutt, Gardner Cord, and Charlotta Harris.
Check out our
, for more fun photos!
Check out these upcoming environmental events.
Idaho PUC Hearing
Wednesday, July 26
Ketchum City Hall (
480 East Ave, Ketchum)
The Idaho Public Utilities Commission will hold a public hearing on Idaho Power's proposed redundant transmission line. Testimony taken during the hearing will be included in the PUC's decision-making process. For more information on this, check out this
Idaho Mountain Express
Discover the Vision
Thursday, July 27
Sun Valley Institute (680 Sun Valley Road, Ste 201-204, Ketchum
In this hour-long program, learn about the Sun Valley Institute's transformative vision and programs. For more information on this event, click here.
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!