Friday
Feb142014

SnowSchool in the Statesman 

Be sure to check out the Life section of the Idaho Statesman THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16th! Katherine Jones, Statesman photojournalist, did a story on SnowSchool last Tuesday. The story features 5th and 6th grade students from Amity Elementary. Be sure to take a look! 

Monday
Jan202014

Need your SnowSchool fix?

Here's the prefect opportunity:

 

We could still use a bit more help on Wednesday (1/22) and Friday (1/24) of this week. 

Wednesday, January 22nd: Whitney Elementary. This is one of two groups we'll host from Whitney's 5th grade classes. This is a super important day as this is the school we are piloting our follow-up program with. These kids will be collecting and recording data in the field (from the snow pit analysis) and taking it back to their classrooms to analyze. We need 2 more volunteers for this day. It's going to be a big, fun, full day. 

Friday, January 24th: Whitney Elementary. This is the second half of Whitney's 5th grade students. This day will also include recording data for their follow-up program. We need 2 more volunteers for this day. 

Please, if you are interested or able to help out on either or both of these days, let me know. This program is only possible with the community volunteer leadership team. These students need you to ensure they have an incredible learning and adventuring experience. 

 Thank you to all of you for your help and continually stepping up to ensure this program is a success. 

 

 

Sunday
Jan052014

Shadow Week

The time has come...SnowSchool will officially be hosting it's first students THIS WEEK! Our first group, Central Elementary 3rd graders (a brand new class to SnowSchool) from Nampa, will be our very first group of the year! We've got a huge, huge first week ahead of us. Groups of 30, 45 and even 54 students will be the very first of the season to do snowshoe rock paper scissors, climb into the igloo, and be part of an incredible community program.
This upcoming week is shadow week! It's the prefect opportunity to get your snowshoe legs back on and re-familiarize yourself with the program and activities. It's going to be an amazing week! This first week is sure to be buzzing with early season excitement and energy. 
This program would never be possible without the dedication and passion that you all share about the outdoors, winter spaces, and engaging and educating so many youth from our city. However, we still need volunteer leaders to start us off right! 
Here's a look at what our first week looks like:
Tuesday, January 7th- Nampa Central Elementary- 3rd graders- 45 students
Wednesday, January 8th- Owyhee Harbor- 6th graders- 30 students (we have this day covered)
Thursday, January 9th- Whittier- 5/6th combo- 54 students
Friday, January 10th- Horizon- 5th grade- 54 students (could use one or two more volunteers)
We need a great deal of support for Tuesday and Thursday.
Let's kick off the 2014 SnowSchool season with a bang and make sure these students have the inspiring, unforgettable experiences so many past students have had. 
Please email or call me if you are interested in coming up this week to lead or shadow. Thanks again for your dedication and commitment to this program. It wouldn't be possible without you. 

 

Sunday
Jan052014

Snow Science Day with SnowSchool

We are just about ready to start the 2014 season of Bogus Basin SnowSchool. We've had incredible training days learning new activities, building an igloo (it did work! even with the low, sugary snow we've got), learning more about the Boise National Forest's flora and fauna, spending a good amount of time staring at and dissecting scat (jury still out on from which animal it came from), and there's still one more to come.
Tomorrow, Monday, January 6th, will be Snow Science Day! We are so very fortunate to have Hank Hetrick, a BSU Geophysics Ph.D. student, join us on the mountain to guide us through a day filled with science about water and snow. It is sure to be an informational, fun-filled day. 
Each training day has been a blast, full of great energy, communal learning, and a tons of awesome information. You won't want to miss out on this one.
Join us! We'll be carpooling from the downtown office. Park on Parkhill Drive, the road between the main doors of the Bogus Basin downtown office and an apartment complex, at 8:45am Monday morning. We will head back into town around 2:30/ 3pm.

Be prepared to spend the day out in the snow. Don't forget your lunch and personal calendars as you'll be able to sign up for volunteer days.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call or text me, 208-377-3737. See you there!

 

Tuesday
Dec102013

2013-14 SnowSchool Volunteer Leader Trainings

SnowSchool needs your help! Our trainings are designed to empower you to lead local students in a fun and educational snowshoe romp through the Boise National Forest.  All trainings are based out of the Bogus Basin Nordic Center and we always offer a carpool option!  For more information contact Ilyse at snowschool@bogusbasin.org

 

Schedule:

Saturday December 14th: SnowSchool Activities- This day will model a day of SnowSchool and the experiential snowscience activities that make up our innovative curriculum.  Prepare to spend the day outside and having fun!   8:30AM-2PM Bogus Basin Nordic Area. 7:45AM carpool from 2600 Bogus Basin Rd (meet us and park your car on Parkhill Drive). The 8:30AM start is an HR presentation and welcome in Simplot Lodge. If you ARE NOT a new volunteer, feel free to meet at 9AM at the Nordic Lodge where the rest of us will join you. 8:15AM carpool for veteran volunteers. Latecomers meet at the Nordic Lodge at 12:30PM during lunch to join the effort.

Thursday January 2nd: Igloo Construction Day- Learn the art of igloo construction and help build a snow-home for this season's SnowSchool students to enjoy. 9:30AM-3PM Bogus Basin Nordic Area. 8:45AM carpool from 2600 Bogus Basin Rd (meet us and park your car on Parkhill Drive).  Latecomers meet at the Nordic Lodge at 12:30PM during lunch to join the effort.

Friday January 3rd: Winter Ecology Day- Explore the flora, fauna and ecology of the Boise National Forest with super-naturalist Edna Vizgirdas.  9:30AM-3PM Bogus Basin Nordic Area. 8:45AM carpool from 2600 Bogus Basin Rd (meet us and park your car on Parkhill Drive).  Latecomers meet at the Nordic Lodge at 12:30PM during lunch to join the group. 

Saturday January 4th: SnowSchool Activities- This day will model a day of SnowSchool and the experiential snowscience activities that make up our innovative curriculum.  Prepare the spend the day outside and having fun!  8:30AM-2PM Bogus Basin Nordic Area. 7:45AM carpool from 2600 Bogus Basin Rd (meet us and park your car on Parkhill Drive). The 8:30AM start is an HR presentation and welcome in Simplot Lodge. If you ARE NOT a new volunteer, feel free to meet at 9AM at the Nordic Lodge where the rest of us will join you. 8:15AM carpool for veteran volunteers. Latecomers meet at the Nordic Lodge at 12:30PM during lunch to join the effort.

Monday January 6h: Snow Science Training- A field day in the nordic area with BSU snowscience expert Hank Hetrick.   9:30AM-2PM Bogus Basin Nordic Area. 8:45AM carpool from 2600 Bogus Basin Rd (meet us and park your car on Parkhill Drive).   Latecomers meet at the Nordic Lodge at 12:30PM during lunch to join the effort

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