Selected Outdoor Adventures in Idaho
We are proud to offer the following activities to ICFSMA Conference participants at no additional charge and to accompanying persons at an appropriate fee.
Monday June 3, 2013
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Boise Trolley Tour
Enjoy a 70 minute narrated historical tour of Boise’s downtown district. Guests enjoy a unique open-air experience of riding aboard a replica trolley car and visiting the mansions of Warm Springs Avenue, the grounds of the Old Idaho Territorial Penitentiary, the Basque Block, historic Hyde Park, picturesque Harrison Boulevard, the State Capital, and the downtown section of our governmental city.
Departs from Joe’s Crab Shack (across the street from the Riverside Hotel.) The trolley will bring you back to the conference venue in time for the ICFSMA Reception.
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Complimentary beverages and light hors d’oeuvres are provided. Enjoy an opportunity to network with fellow ICFSMA Conference participants before heading to dinner on your own (Take the complimentary shuttle to downtown Boise for a variety of dining options.)
Wednesday June 5, 2013
Select one of three options. All tours start from and return to the Riverside Hotel.
11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
11:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Ste. Chapelle Winery Tour and Peregrine Fund World Center for Birds of Prey Visit
1 – 3 p.m.
Ste. Chapelle overlooks the beautiful orchards and farmlands of the Snake River Valley in the Sunny Slope region of Southwestern Idaho. Take a guided tour and see the wine making process up close! Enjoy wine tasting and light refreshments on the wonderful winery grounds. Browse the gift shop and stock up on some of your favorite wines and gifts. The winery will happily ship your selections home.
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
The Peregrine Fund became involved in the conservation of birds of prey in 1970 when the Peregrine Falcon was threatened with extinction. Their goals are to restore vulnerable species, increase knowledge about little-known birds of prey, conserve habitats, educate students and the public, and increase the capacity for conservation in local communities.
Secret Lives of Raptors Tour - Limited to the first 20 guests who register.
Space is limited for this special behind the scenes tour. Get a rarely seen glimpse at the techniques trainers use to maintain a variety of bird species. Guests, accompanied by expert staff, will feed birds and enter several raptor chambers to meet the occupant eye to eye. Have your photo taken with one of these magnificent birds!
Live Bird Presentation – Open to all guests. Learn the basics about birds of prey with this up close presentation. Species you may encounter include the American Crow, American Kestrel, Aplomado Falcon, Gyrfalcon, Harpy Eagle, Northern Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Swainson’s Hawk, Teita Falcon, or Turkey Vulture.
11:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Guided Hiking Tour to Scenic Mores Creek Summit and Ice Cream in Historic Idaho City
The entire Boise Basin is surrounded by the Boise National Forest, which offers timbered mountains, crystal-clear creeks and rivers, photogenic dams, and bridges. Enjoy a guided hiking tour to Mores Creek Summit where you will encounter spectacularly unspoiled scenery. Comfortable hiking boots are recommended.
In 1862, gold was discovered in the Boise Basin! Drawn by the lure of instant wealth, prospectors flocked into the area by the thousands. Idaho City rapidly became the largest (and wildest) town in the Idaho Territory and boasted opera houses, breweries, pool halls, and good times.
Visit this truly historic town and stroll along the planked boardwalks that formerly rang beneath the boots of rough-and tumble miners. Peek through the bars of the old jail; get a glimpse of western life as it was in the 1860s. Enjoy some old fashioned ice cream after hiking to Mores Creek Summit.
11:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Whitewater Rafting on the Payette River
The main stem of the Payette River begins in the small town of Banks, just 45 minutes north of Boise. Our expert guides will transport guests from the Riverside Hotel to Banks for an exciting day of family friendly Class II and III river rafting. A safety seminar will be provided prior to launching down the river. Rafters should come prepared with bathing suit, shoes that can get wet and stay attached firmly to your feet (no flip-flops), towel, t-shirt, sunscreen lotion, hat, and dry clothes for the trip home. You may want to bring an extra sweatshirt or light coat in case the weather is cooler than normal. The Boise State University Outdoor Program will provide all rafting equipment, safety gear, guides, food, and transportation.
Thursday June 6, 2013
Join us for a great opportunity to network with your colleagues at our conference dinner. All registered conference participants are invited to attend.
Location: Riverside Hotel.
Idaho Weather in June
Boise is at the edge of a high desert and the weather can vary greatly from day to day! June is often the beginning of early summer with sunny days and temperatures in the 80s and 90s (25 to 35 °C). However, we may still experience late spring precipitation with temperatures in the sixties (15-20 °C). The air is usually very dry and it is important to drink a lot of water to stay hydrated. Bring warm weather attire and a sweater or a light coat for the occasional cool evening or rainy day.