Summer 2017

July 26, 2017

The five day trip is on the river right now with kids from the Council CERC crew and Boise Parks and Recreation.  Fully staffed with both longtime guides and several new folks, this summer has been a terrific blend of both old and new WSE guides, giving us continuity and new energy.

A couple of weeks ago we were out on the river for two days with the New Roots program.  We had float with them for a day in May and were impressed with both their staff, volunteers and kids so we asked if they’d come on a multi-day trip with us.  We are so glad we did–five fun, curious girls, some whitewater and a little science is a good mix for a great trip. We’ll let the following pictures from guide Pat Griffin tell the story:


Summer 2016 and into Fall!

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.



Season 2015

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.

Nature Discovery

Nature Discovery

And…the season is over!

August 13, 2014

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We would like to thank our funders for their generous support including the Idaho Community Foundation, Green Shanny Foundation, Wild Rivers License Plate Fund, Greater Boise Rotary Foundation, Whittenberger Foundation and the Steven Leuthold Family Foundation

WOW!– another fantastic WOWS trip

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”>

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.

GIT Class of 2014

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!

Daydreaming about Summer 2014…..a teaser

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….

End of Season Reflection

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.  


Trip 2

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.Image

Trip 2!

August 18, 2013

Trip 2!

Thank you to the Nature Conservancy for a great campsite!