Outside Day was created in 2008 by Dick Jordan, (an AP Environmental Science teacher at Timberline High School in Boise Idaho), to get his students outdoors as mentors for elementary students and to bring in community leaders to share their expertise and resources so everyone comes away with a greater understanding and appreciation for being outside. April 12, 2013 will be our fifth official Outside Day, but in reality everyday should be an outside day, as we all make spending time outdoors a much higher priority.
Outside Day, April 12th, 2013
Theme: "Water, It's Our Lifeblood"
With Special Guest, Christopher Swain, the only person to swim the entire length of the Columbia River, (1243 miles). Visit TREEtrunk.org for more information about the world's greatest water advocate.
Location: Discovery Park State Park below Lucky Peak, east of Boise, Idaho on HWY 21
8:00 AM Volunteers & presenters arrive and get set up
8:50 AM Elementary Students Leave Their Schools
9:15 AM Elementary Students Arrive
9:20 -- 9:50 Welcome, introductions & Opening comments
10:20 -- 10:25 Passing Time
10:25 -- 10:55 Activity 2
10:55 -- 11:00 Passing Time
11:00 -- 11:30 Activity 3
12:40 -- 1:10 Activity 4
1:10 -- 1:15 Passing Time
1:15 -- 1:45 Activity 5
1:45 -- 2:00 Farewell Celebration
2:00 -- 2:05 Buses Leave Spring Shores
2:10 -- 2:50 Clean-up & Closing With Student Leaders
Hands-on Student Activities
(1) Whitewater Rafting, students will visit a paddle boat and a fully geared raft ready for a multi-day whitewater trip. At each raft they will learn basic safety skills, how to paddle or oar, what to take and how to enjoy this adventurous sport. This activity will be facilitated by Cascade Outfitters and Timberline (THS) student leaders.
(2) Water Cycle, students played the "Incredible Journey" game where they will be water molecules within the cycle. This activity will be facilitated by United Water and THS student leaders.
(3) Dams & Hydroelectricity, students will take a quick tour of the actual Lucky Peak dam & powerplant to learn about the history of the dam and how hydroelectric power is generated.
(4) Fishing, students will practice their casting skills and learning about native and introduced fish and how to catch them. This activity will be facilitated by the Idaho Department of Fish & Game and THS student leaders.
(5) Watershed, students will examine the basin that collects water into the Boise River drainage. They will be exploring the flow of water, the impacts of pollution and ways to keep the water and the organisms that depend upon it safe. This activity will be facilitated by Boise City's WaterShed and THS student leaders.
Elementary students, (5th & 6th graders from White Pine & Garfield Elementary Schools), will be divided into small groups as they visit all 5 stations during this action packed day with student leaders from Timberline High School's Environmental Science classes and TREE Club. In addition, students will meet to Eddie Trout from Partners for Clean Water, sample some tasty Dutch Oven treats and had fun playing and learning with their friends. Everyone gains an understanding of water's properties and its importance within various ecosystems and our lives.
So Let's Go With the Flow & Make Outside Day 2013 the Best Ever.
M & W Market @ 1835 Warm Springs Ave. Boise Education Foundation
And a very special thanks to Surat Nicol, Assistant Manager / Ranger at Lucky Peak, (Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation)
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Outside Day connects K-12 students with their community, promoting an appreciation for the great outdoors.