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

Tuesday
Nov052013

New Volunteer Orientation

WE NEED YOU! SnowSchool is only possible through the dedication and enthusiasm of community volunteers who directly teach and lead students.

If you're interested in:

*Learning more about SnowSchool
*Becoming a volunteer leader
*Engaging and educating students
*Joining an awesome community supported program 

JOIN US! 

New Volunteer Orientation

Wednesday, November 13th, 7pm

REI on Milwaukee

8300 W. Emerald Street

Friday
Oct252013

A new face at SnowSchool

Hello all,
 
My name is ilyse Sakamoto and I am extremely grateful and humbled to be taking over the position of SnowSchool Coordinator. I was first introduced to Bogus Basin’s education programs as an AmeriCorps SnowSchool volunteer in the winter of 2009-2010. Since then, my interest in outdoor learning has grown- my term of service proved to be an incredibly influential experience. Having spent time volunteering for both SnowSchool and Bogus Basin’s Mountain Discovery Camp, I was afforded the challenge of learning about the relationship between humans and the natural world. I am drawn to Bogus Basin as it promotes a true fusion of the many aspects of service that I have come to regard as essential components of being a mindful community member.
 
Upon completion of my Bachelor’s degree in Public and Community Service Studies in 2009 from Providence College in Rhode Island, I applied my skills of community development and stewardship at Bogus Basin-based outdoor programs. Time spent with both these programs revealed it was outdoor spaces and the natural world to which I am driven. This motivated me to pursue a Master’s degree in Outdoor Education from the University of Edinburgh. Through that program I was introduced to various philosophies and theories regarding interaction with the outdoors, furthering my passion in this field. 
I am very excited about the challenges and opportunities of continuing this program's incredible success. I look forward to working with the various community partners and volunteers that make this program possible. 
Meet you soon and see you up in the snow,
ilyse sakamoto

 

Monday
Sep162013

2013-14 Internship Opportunity

 Winter Outdoor Environmental Education Internship for University Students

 Are you passionate about nature and outdoor experiences?  Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge with others? If so the Bogus Basin SnowSchool program needs your help!

SnowSchool Internship for BSU Students

-     Work directly with local 5th and 6th grade public school students

-          Teach students outdoors in the winter environment!

-          Promote a healthy and active lifestyle through snowshoeing and hiking

-          Work collaboratively with Bogus Basin, Boise National Forest & Winter Wildlands Alliance

-          Receive academic credit for internship hours!

 

 Winter 2013-14 Schedule

Internship Orientation: November (TBD)

Training: First 2 weeks in January (select days)

On-Snow Teaching Dates: Weekdays January through March (students arrange individually with program director)

 

 Internship Benefits

 -          Academic Credit available for internship hours

-          Opportunity for hands-on application of knowledge

-          Receive professional environmental education training

-          Real world experience teaching students science in an outdoor setting

-          Learn marketable leadership skills

-          Network with local community organizations

-          Gain valuable references for you resume

-          Interns are eligible for a complimentary Bogus Basin season pass

 

For more information contact:

 Ilyse Sakamoto, M.A.

Program Director

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area

snowschool@bogusbasin.org

(208) 377-3737

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