Field Trip Location
BikeCDA was created to simplify the connection between you and your cycling needs and interests. Whether you are a resident of the Coeur d’Alene area or one of our many welcomed guests; super athlete or crazy cruiser, let us help connect you with one of our local bike-friendly trails, businesses, or upcoming events.
If you would like some company and some excellent tour guides, let us help connect you with one of our bicycle or tri-club groups.
BikeCDA is a collective voice promoting and fostering a safe and active cycling culture in our community.
Building on last years success, Boise Code Camp will again be adding a youth track to its traditional selection of community driven technical content. The youth track is a full day of sessions dedicated to the experienced and novice programmer between the ages of 6 and 16.
In past years Boise Code Camp has had a single session presented for kids by kids as young as 6 years old. These sessions were so well received and attended that we were encouraged to expand beyond just a single session. In the last year, millions of kids, many of them in our own community, have learned to code with the Hour of Code and tools like Scratch and Raspberry Pi. Boise Code Camp is representative of our community and the kids in our community are starting to code.
The youth track occurs during Boise Camp Camp at Boise State University in the Student Union Building.
Come for the whole day or just drop in for a session or two.
Like all code camp events, the youth track is FREE but we do ask that you register on the Boise Code Camp web site so we can have an idea of how many attendees to expect.
K-12 Outreach Activities
The Department of Geosciences is eager to work with local teachers and classes to enhance Earth Science education in the K-12 community. , if you are looking for someone from the department to give a special presentation to your class, assist with developing classroom activities, serve as a science fair judge or advisor, speak at a career day, assist with Science Olympiads, etc.
A variety of materials have been produced within the geoscience department by faculty, staff, students and volunteers. These include field trip guides, lab activities, career resource materials, local geoscience content and related instruction materials. We expect the number and variety of items available for download on this site to increase each year. Please contact us with further specific classroom material requests and/or suggestions to improve our materials available.
Services available to out of school programs:
The Boise National Forest offers a Tree Trunk and Wilderness Box to help you teach about forest plants, animals, and management. The wide range of materials in each box appeal to many grade levels. Here’s an idea of what these kits contain:
Discover subtle differences in cones, leaves and twigs using the samples in the trunk. Tree cross-sections show the inside of a tree; use Project Learning Tree activity (included) to help students analyze annual growth rings. Books and posters provide additional background information for teachers and students. Watch the video The Man Who Planted Trees to hear of one man’s ancient kinship with the Earth. Listen to songs about photosynthesis, decomposition, and plant parts sung by the Banana Slug String Band and Billy B. Read Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf aloud to students. Find ideas for lessons in Ranger Rick’s Naturescope, The Green Scene Guide, or Project Learning Tree activity samples.
The Wilderness Box and the Wilderness and Land Ethic Activity Book were designed to provide an interactive resource to promote awareness and appreciation of wilderness. Watch the Wild By Law video for a 50 minute overview of the wilderness movement leading up to the 1964 Wilderness Act. Use hand puppets to learn about mammals common to many wilderness areas. Compare the skulls of herbivores and carnivores. Practice simple map and compass skills. View photos of pristine areas in Idaho Magnificent Wilderness. Act out the Impact Monster skit or watch the Soft Paths video to show low impact travel. (The resources in this box support the Wilderness and Land Ethic activity book included in the box. However, you do not need to use the activity book to use the resources.)
Boise Forest Explorers
Just for Kids the Challenge
Proudly serving more than 14,500 youth and their families encompassing 31,000 square miles across the Southwest Idaho and Eastern Oregon counties of Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley and Washington in Idaho as well as Harney and Malheur in Oregon.
Services provided for out of school programs:
Reading at the Refuge
Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest
Boy and Girl Scout Activities
The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation will honor the federal ‘Every Kid in a Park’ passes for daytime entry*.
Fourth graders, parents and educators can obtain the pass online (link is external).
Simply show your pass to Idaho State Park staff members for validation.
* Valid for day-use only. Does not apply to camping fee
Gizmo-CDA, Coeur d’ Alene’s non-profit makerspace, is a place where art, design, technology and tools are connected by the hands and minds of the people of this community. Its a place where creative play is done by everyone from K thru Gray. Tools you have always wanted are there
to give birth to the ideas that you have always had!
THINK BOLD be part of Gizmo-CDA and become a gizmologist!
The Child and Youth Program (CYP) is an integral component of the National Guards comprehensive approach to Family Readiness. By upholding the well-being of the entire family, the CYP offers outcome based activities designed to foster positive youth development and support the unique strengths and challenges of National Guard children. This high quality, out-of-school time program exists in 54 States, Territories and the District of Columbia to mitigate risky behaviors, enhance resilience, develop positive coping strategies, and assist our National Guard youth in reaching their full potential as the next generation of leaders.
The Idaho Afterschool Networks (IAN) mission is to ensure Idahos youth have access to high quality out-of-school (OST) programs.
The research on OST programs reveals that youth consistently enrolled in quality programs perform better academically, have better school attendance, adapt better socially, are more likely to graduate from high school and go-on to higher learning. Research also reveals that they are less likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors that may lead to crime, substance abuse or teen parenthood. New studies are showing too that OST programs are helping close the achievement gap of students across income levels. The IAN is the only program of its kind in Idaho, though all 50 states have launched similar programs.
The IAN does not directly offer out-of-school programs; the focus is to advocate and promote the benefits of out-of-school programming, help connect families and youth to a program and support providers with resources and training to enrich and expand their programming and services.