Saturday, August 26 – Master Water Steward Workshop – Interested in monitoring water quality in our streams? Register to become a Master Water Steward. The workshop will include a 4-hour classroom session and a 4-hour hands-on field session. Learn how to conduct habitat, biological, chemical and physical stream assessments. IDAH2O protocol can be used in K-12 classrooms and Professional Development Credits are available to educators. Registration is required by Friday, Aug. 18. Bring a sack lunch.More information is available at

Thursday, September 14 – Registration Deadline – Tuesday, September 12th at 12:00 pm – The Politics of Protected Areas: National Parks, Monuments, and Wilderness. University of Illinois Professor of Political Science Robert Pahre, Boise State University Professor and Executive Director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy John Freemuth, and Idaho Conservation League Executive Director Rick Johnson will be the speakers for this Idaho Environmental Forum discussion. Three months into his presidency, Trump issued an executive order that tasked Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke with reviewing all Antiquities Act designations from the past two decades. In the months since, nearly 1.5 million Americans have weighed in through public comment. This panel will discuss the politics of monuments such as Craters of the Moon and Bears Ears, as well as other protected areas such as national parks and wilderness. Moderated by Boise State University President Bob Kustra, they will discuss challenges and opportunities related to federally protected areas, including the role of the American people, and how they interpret and engage these places. From 11:45 pm to 1:15 pm at the Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd. in Boise. More information is available at

Saturday, September 30 – Watershed Watch – Individuals, families and groups can take part in the watershed-wide effort to collect water quality data along the shores of the Boise River, ponds, reservoirs and creeks. By gathering water quality data, you will help get a “snapshot” of the health of the Boise River and contribute to long-term watershed monitoring data. No experience necessary, just a desire to have fun and learn about your impacts to water quality. Be one of the first 200 participants and receive a free WaterShed Watch hat! Participants must register to participate, and will be matched to a preferred area with a site and a water quality professional trainer to work with your group. From 10:00 am to noon at various sites along the Boise River from Lucky Peak Reservoir to Parma. More information is available at

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