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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 Colleen Schmit ( ; 208.726.4333) if you are interested in volunteering.
Welcome Colleen! 
Meet the ERC's newest staff member 
The ERC is thrilled to welcome Colleen Schmit  as our new Development and Community Engagement Coordinator

Colleen grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies, Conservation Biology, and Spanish. She has worked with the Earth Science Women's Network as the Communications Coordinator and the Wood River Land Trust as the Stewardship Intern. Colleen is excited to be working with the ERC, combining her interests in the natural world and non-profit work.
Colleen is loving living in the mountains and all the opportunities for hiking, running, and backpacking. She also enjoys learning to identify plants and animals, cross country skiing, and watching snow fall.

Come on by the office to meet Colleen yourself! 
Wood River Middle School's Residential Outdoor Environmental School

Last week, the ERC financially and programmatically supported the Wood River Middle School's 44th annual Residential Outdoor Environmental School (ROES) for 6th grade students. Each sixth grader spent two days and one overnight at Cathedral Pines immersing themselves in scientific investigations that cultivate an appreciation and understanding of the Wood River Valley ecosystem. 
During ROES, the ERC facilitated a WOW-Students project on noxious weeds.  Students learned about noxious weeds, pulled knapweed, and began to create educational materials for the community on noxious weeds.  
To view more photos from ROES camp, visit the ERC's Facebook album or to learn more about our ROES camp experience visit our blog
Science After School
Register Today
The ERC's Science After School (SAS) program is beginning at Bellevue Elementary School and Hemingway STEAM School. 
SAS is a FREE  six-week program that provides 4th-5th grade students opportunities beyond the school day to participate in project-based learning, within the context of natural science, the environment, and sustainability issues. We build opportunities for the students to explore science through scientific research, exploration, observation, collaboration, games, art, journaling, and service learning.
This fall, the topic at Hemingway STEAM School is local habitats and the topic at Bellevue Elementary School is plant and animal adaptations. 
Volunteers are still needed to assist at Bellevue Elementary School. 
For more information on this program or to register your student, contact ERC Program Director, Alisa McGowan, at or ( 208) 726-4333.
Pesticide Action
Wood River Insectary Update
The onslaught of spotted knapweed this summer resulted in many inquires to the ERC about alternative control methods, including inquiries from local and regional press! Read this Idaho Mountain Express article or watch this KMVT news segment to learn the latest about the Wood River Insectary and what the ERC's Pesticide Action program is working to accomplish.  
Carbonate Clean-Up
Dreamers help keep local trails tidy

The Dreamers, students of the I Have a Dream Foundation-Idaho, have elected to participate in another clean-up day along the Carbonate trail in Hailey. The Dreamers participated in the ERC's annual Clean Sweep event on Carbonate and participated in a WOW-Students project where they removed unattended dog waste from the trail last spring.

The ERC is excited to provide materials and assistance for the Dreamers pick-up day on October 5. Thank you Dreamers for keeping our trails and waterways clean and healthy!

A special thanks to Mark Acker at the Sawtooth Animal Center as well for sponsoring the ERC's PUP bin at the Carbonate trailhead and supporting programs like these!
Project Learning Tree 
Join the workshop! 

The Growing Great Minds collaborative group (ERC, Sawtooth Botanical Garden, Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Blaine County 4-H) is offering a project Learning Tree (PLT) workshop October 27 and 28. 
This workshop is perfect for classroom teachers, non-formal educators, interested parents or any adult that works with children. 

Click here to register. 
For more information call or e-mail ERC Program Director, Alisa McGowan:   (208) 726-4333  or .  
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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