Thursday, June 4
IBO Hummingbird Banding Project: 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Idaho City area. To make a reservation, go to ibo.boisestate.edu/blog/24282/ or call Jessica Pollock at 426-2225. Other dates: June 20, July 2, 18, Aug. 1, 15 and 27.
Alpenglow Mountainsport Demo Daze: 5 to 8 p.m. at the ponds at the River District in Eagle. Opportunity to try out flatwater kayaks and stand up paddleboards. Free. RSVP at 331-2628.
Saturday, June 6
Rattlesnake Expo: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. Vendor booths, clinics. Free expo. A rattlesnake avoidance dog training clinic will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $60; second dog $50, any additional dogs $40. Registration at idahohumanesociety.org/rattlesnake, call 608-0833 or email email@example.com.
Weiser River Trail Bike Ride: 8 a.m. at the Weiser River Trailhead, Railroad Avenue and Hornet Creek Road, Council. There is a 28-mile ride and a 48-mile ride. Cutoff date for both rides is June 1. $40-$60. Register at bluecirclesports.com.
Big Water Blowout River Festival: 9 a.m. at Riggins City Park, 150 miles north of Boise. Discounted whitewater rafting trips from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dutch oven cookoff contest (cooking at 5 p.m., judging at 7 p.m.), music by Old Death Whisper. Free. bigwaterblowout.com.
Hells Canyon Days Farm Toy Show: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cambridge High School gym, 40 N. 4th St. (541) 447-7585, (208) 549-1150.
Fishin’ with the Commission: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Settlers Pond, Ustick and Meridian roads, Meridian. Fish for free for the day — no fishing license required when you sign in at the Idaho Fish and Game “Take Me Fishing” trailer. Fishing gear and expert assistance will also be provided through Idaho Fish and Game. 287-7000, adacounty.id.gov.
Sunday, June 7
History of the Hecla Mine: 1 p.m. at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Discussion presented by historian Troy Lambert. Free for members, $5 nonmembers. 283-3186, idahomuseum.org.
Saturday, June 13
BioBlitz Festival: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa. Guided nature walks, live animals, insect-collecting expeditions, interactive exhibits, kids’ crafts and activities. Some events require preregistration. Also, free kids’ fishing day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gotts Point where kids can learn about fish biology, fishing ethics and water safety. Volunteers needed. Free. 467-9278.
Sunday, June 14
Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 930 N. Veterans Memorial Parkway, Boise. Each dog takes approximately 20 minutes to complete the training. All breeds of dogs six months or older accepted. $50 per dog with a reservation, $60 per dog without. Walkups welcome. 463-2304, snakeavoidance.org.
Thursday-Saturday, June 18-27
Pedal 4 the People: Ten-day festival (June 18-27) geared toward celebrating the subcultures of the cycling community and embracing the joys of human-powered transportation. Boise Bicycle Project hosts the kickoff and finale events, and they are asking the public to fill the days in between with bicycle-inspired activities. The kickoff party and the Bike Builder’s Gallery is from 6 to 10 p.m. June 18 at 10 Barrel Brewing, 830 W. Bannock St., Boise (Bike Builder’s Gallery registration opens at 5 p.m.), and the grand finale, Helladrome, is from 5 to 10 p.m. June 27 (location TBD). Post or find events at pedal4thepeople.org or facebook.com/Pedal4thePeopleBoise.
Saturday, June 20
Rocks to Products youth workshop: 10 a.m. to noon at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Workshop foor grades 4 and up explores the journey from raw material to rock-based end products. Includes hands-on activities such as volcano making, fossil digging, talc polishing and gold panning. $10. Preregistration required by June 15. 283-3186, idahomuseum.org.
Backpacking Basics: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sierra Trading Post, 530 E. Sonota Lane, Meridian. Free. 898-0261, sierratradingpost.com.
Saturday, July 18
Wildavore Deer Hunting Class: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 18, 25, 31 and Aug. 1 at Boise River Wildlife Management Area, Warm Springs Road, Boise. Spend time out in the field and in the classroom discussing deer biology and habitat, confidence with firearm handling, hunting techniques, scouting and finding land to hunt on, how to humanely hunt and even go through processing a whole deer for meat. For those with little to no experience. $25 for the four classes, including venison lunch. Contact Liz at 236-1267 or Elizabeth.Horsmon@idfg.idaho.gov.
Saturday, July 25
4 Summit Challenge: 8 a.m. at American Legion Post 60, 105 E. Mill St., Cascade. The bicycle ride starts at the American Legion Hall and proceeds down Main Street to Warm Lake Road. Riders have a choice to ride one, two, three or four summits. Family fun ride also available. $66-$76. summitchallenge.com
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