Warm spring days mark the beginning of the end of the harsh Idaho winter (even though we all know snow can happen here anytime, right?). I cannot help but think about the incredible resiliency and adaptations the native plants and animals have to survive these changes. Migration, hibernation, or seasonal polyphenism - the changes in the visible patterns of animals at different points of the year, for example. In this way, nature's adaptations have been on my mind at the same time I've been asking myself, how can the ERC keep adapting and serving you at this time?
We are carrying out our spring programs in new, creative ways. Not only are we sending you these weekly e-mails, we are working with our partner teachers and organizations to share environmental education lessons with students. We are actively planning, seeking advice, and developing contingency plans for some of our larger spring and summer events, like Clean Sweep and EcoCamp.
This week's ERC newsletter features our first major programmatic adaptation, the virtualization of our Spring Exploration Series and Spring Science Series. We hope you enjoy.
What unique adaptations are you noticing out there? See one from an ERC program participant below. We know most of you are taking many outdoor walks each day!
Finally, we have
our community survey through the weekend. PLEASE share your thoughts with us!
Your feedback will help us better serve the valley through and after the COVID-19 pandemic, and apply that knowledge to our programming and seasonal grant needs.
~ Alisa McGowan, ERC Program Director