August 8, 2016
This has been a terrific year for us due to our guides in training–Bella, Josie and Chanz all excelled and greatly contributed to our success.
This season started out with Bella’s Alzar Community Leadership project with WSE on our new river section on the Snake River from Swan Falls to Celebration Park. She and Dick Jordan planned and carried out a fun, educational trip with refugee students from Hillside Junior High. Bella did a tremendous job and we were impressed and are also excited about the way she kicked off our new Snake River venture. View her video here: Bella Empower Out Video
From Trip Leader and Guide In Training Coordinator Josh Headrick: “Our last Lower Salmon trip of the season ended with a group from the Boys & Girls Club of Ada County, and the 5-day the previous week with the Council/Cottonwood crew. Both trips featured a day of wind and rain to remind us to be thankful of the hot weather, but were a blast nonetheless. Our Guides-in-Training were AMAZING. I cannot stress how proud I am of all our GITs this year but Chanz and Josie both were awesome and I’m happy to announce that they have both been invited back next year as full guides! I know each of you will be as impressed with these young people as I am and I cannot wait to have them more involved with WSE in the future!”
We are looking forward to Fall and 2-3 more trips down the Snake River.
July 29, 2015
Our third trip of the season is on the water right now, enjoying unusually cool temperatures for the Lower Salmon.
As always, our trip with the MOSS Women Outdoors With Science (WOWS) program was superb. Put together 17 middle school girls with a keen interest in science, 3 guest scientists and three top notch MOSS instructors and it’s an unbeatable combination.
The girls took interest in the natural world around them, asked incredibly insightful questions during our visit to the archaeology dig and were a pleasure to be around.
We followed that up with a two day Guide-In-Training skills development trip to hone our GIT’s river and environmental education skills. Thanks to Nytashia Allbritton from Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association for coming along and teaching our GITS how to plan interpretive projects. And to Josh Headrick our GIT coordinator for planning this trip.
We are trying larger trips this season to see how that works. Right now, a trip of around 24 people total seems ideal–we had a trip of 31 out there and while it is doable, a little smaller seems more manageable.
July 16, 2014
We spent three fantastic days with 16 WOWS participants, three guest scientists and three MOSS instructors. The WOWS girls were inquisitive, fun, and adventurous. We explored the river corridor learning about hydrology, flora and fauna. We swam, played and all worked hard to make this trip a success.
This video captures it all in three minutes: title=”WOWS video”>http://vimeo.com/100566278
Special thanks to Andy Laidlaw for jumping aboard the last minute and joining Lucas, Leslie, Tyson, Dick and our stellar GIT Bella as part of the WSE crew.
July 6, 2014
This year’s guide in training class got off to an early start with a one day training in Boise in June. Josie, Chanz and Bella worked with WSE staff Lucas and Josh on camp games, water safety and an intro to rafting. Sara Anderegg from the Payette Children’s Forest shared environmental education curriculum with our youth leaders.
First year GIT Kyle and second year GIT Gillis will also join WSE on the river this year.
Thank you for generous support from the Green Shanny Foundation for our GIT youth conservation leadership program! http://www.greenshannyfoundation.org
February 26, 2014
Jess Rose made this fantastic video of the Whitney/Taft trip last summer. The warm temps today definitely made me start thinking about floating this summer….
September 4, 2013
It’s fall and our participants are back in school and so are most of our guides since so many of them are teachers. Trip 3 capped off a wonderful season with another set of fantastic kids and terrific guides. That trip endured some of the hottest temperatures of the summer as well as long days on the river but kids still fished, investigated stream macroinvertebrates, journaled, played hard and arrived home with lifelong memories.
August 18, 2013
Trip 2 was a great science adventure down the Lower Salmon–terrific kids from the Salmon Surfers and the Boys and Girls Club paddled with us and our guides-in-training (Toad, Drew, Gillis and Alex) were outstanding. Participants investigated stream ecology and water quality, swam a rapid, fished, hiked and took part in service projects for the Nature Conservancy.
August 18, 2013
Thank you to the Nature Conservancy for a great campsite!
July 14, 2013
Trip 1 is done! And it was a fantastic one. 14 terrific WOWs program participants and three phenomenal MOSS instructors. Check out their trip video: https://vimeo.com/70203346. The girls investigated the question of how much hydropower potential the Lower Salmon has in Green Canyon and what the consequences (positive and negative) would be for surrounding communities and the environment f a dam was constructed there.
Pat Griffin and Tofor were our new guides although they are both seasoned veterans. Pat ran a paddle boat and Tofor was on the sticks on the sweep boat. We are glad to have them on board! The next trip launches tomorrow….