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Sawtooth Science Institute celebrates 20 years; will offer 30 natural history workshops

Posted June 1, 2009

SUN VALLEY – The Idaho State University Sawtooth Science Institute will offer 30 natural history workshops in geology, biology, ecology and history at locations throughout Idaho, primarily in the southern and central Idaho.

This is the institute’s 20th year in the business of offering natural history workshops for adults.

Enjoying the Idaho outdoors as a classroom.The Sawtooth Science Institute is based in Sun Valley. The workshops are two- and four-day adventures in natural history.  Idaho State University offers upper-division credit for all courses or the courses may be attended for no credit.

• June workshops include:  “Wonderful Wetlands,” “City of Rocks Natural History,” “Forests and Fire,” “Summer Spanish Institute” (with the College of Southern Idaho), “Central Idaho Birding,” “Massacre Rocks Natural History” and “Magic Valley Natural History.”

• July workshops include: “Lolo Trail with Lewis and Clark,” “Central Idaho Wilderness,” “Central Idaho Wildflowers,” “Wildflowers and Butterflies,” “Wildflower Identification and Illustration,” “Craters of the Moon Geology,” “Big Wood River Stream Ecology for Flyfishers” and a series of six “Rocky Mountain Adventure” courses.

• August workshops include:  “Rocks and Ice,” “GPS and GIS for the Classroom,” “Snake River Birding (at Massacre Rocks),” “Teton River Birding” and “Henry’s Fork Birding.”

More information is posted at or SSI director Chris Gertschen may be reached at 208-788-9686, P.O. Box 2167, Sun Valley, Idaho, 83353.