Make EVERYDAY An Outside Day

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 younger students and to bring in community leaders to share their expertise so everyone comes away with a greater appreciation of our precious resources.  This is our sixth Outside Day and our focus is to "train the trainers" so they can reduce its waste and conserve resources at their schools.

Outside Day

April 25th, 2014

Theme:     "Sustainability, It's Our Future"

Location:  Discovery Park State Park below Lucky Peak, east of Boise, Idaho on HWY 21


      Time                                                             Activities

8:00 AM                                                           Volunteers  & presenters arrive and get set up

8:50 AM                                                             Elementary Students Leave Their Schools

9:15 AM                                                                        Garfield Students Arrive

9:20 -- 9:50                                                    Welcome, introductions & Opening comments

                        9:50 -- 10:20                                                                             Activity 1

                        10:20 -- 10:25                                                                         Passing Time

                          10:25 -- 10:55                                                                           Activity 2

                          10:55 -- 11:00                                                                          Passing Time

                          11:00 -- 11:30                                                                            Activity 3

                          11:30 -- 12:25                                                  No Host Lunch with special presentations   

                          12:25 -- 12:30                                                                     Passing Time

                          12:30 -- 1:00                                                                             Activity 4

                           1:00 -- 1:05                                                                            Passing Time

                           1:05 -- 1:35                                                                              Activity 5

                           1:35 -- 2:05                                           Visit Garden Stations for special sustainable treats

                                 2:05                                                                    Bus Leaves Discovery Park

                           2:10 -- 2:50                                         Clean-up & Closing With Timberline Student Leaders

Hands-on Student Activities 

Station 1, WATER.   Students will explore the basin that collects water off our 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.  Students will play the "Incredible Journey" game where they will be water molecules within the cycle. This activity will be facilitated by United Water.  The overall goal is to reduce water use.

Station 2, Leadership TrainingStudents will be given more information about the sustainability initiative with the Boise School District and how Garfield School became the district's elementary pilot program to demonstrate how resources can be saved and other schools can be inspire to do the same. Students will also learn how they can begin their sustainability program and TREE Club back at Garfield. 

Station 3, ENERGY.  Students will do several hands-on activities and models to generate electricity through human power, solar and hydropower.  There will also be a quick discussion about how Lucky Peak dam and powehouse produces energy.  This activity will be facilitated by EverGreen.

 Station 4, Waste Reduction. Students will learn about solid waste by playing games which will help them understand the impact of waste and how they can make improvements by changing their behaviors.   This activity will be facilitated by Republic Services.

 Station 5, Being Outside.  Students will learn why it is so important to spend time outdoors and why today is call Outside Day.  They will be able to sit on a fully geared raft ready for a multi-day whitewater trip, learning basic safety skills, how to paddle or oar, what to take and how to enjoy this adventurous sport.  This activity will be facilitated by Fish & Game & Cascade Outfitters.

Fifth graders from Garfield School will be led by student leaders from Timberline's AP Environmental Science classes and TREE Club through all five different stations during this action packed day.   

So Let's Make Outside Day 2014 the Best Ever.

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 students with their community, promoting an appreciation for the great outdoors & our precious resources.