2017 Sawtooth Salmon Festival
Aug
26
10:00 am10:00

2017 Sawtooth Salmon Festival

  • Stanley Museum

The Sawtooth Salmon Festival is annual tradition in the Sawtooth Valley of stunning central Idaho. Join us for biologist-led tours of wild salmon spawning in the rivers of their birth. Enjoy live music and a wild salmon dinner. We'll also have vendor booths, educational presentations and more. But dinner tickets here.

Free the Snake Flotilla
Sep
9
12:30 pm12:30

Free the Snake Flotilla

Free the Snake:Restoring America’s Salmon River

Snake River salmon have been trucked, shipped, sent up ladders—all costly and failed bids to stop their decline. It’s time: Remove the dams; reconnect wild fish to their watershed.

Save the Date. The third annual Free the Snake Flotilla will be Sept. 8 & Sept. 9, 2017 in Lewiston. 

Past Event video by Patagonia

 

 

Auction for the Rivers
Oct
22
4:00 pm16:00

Auction for the Rivers

  • Barber Park Event Center

The IRU Auction for the Rivers is an annual tradition in the Treasure Valley. Come bid on cool stuff while supporting the rivers you love.

For the second year in a row, the auction will be at the the Barber Park Education & Events Center right along the Boise River. We're also hosting the event in October to take advantage of Boise's beautiful fall weather. Mark your calendar now and check back for details as this fantastic night of river revelry draws closer.


North Fork Championship
Jun
16
Jun 17

North Fork Championship

  • Weilmunster Park

Some 25 years ago boaters succeeded at protecting the North Fork of the Payette from a series of hydropower development proposals. The widely revered river is a testament today to what river conservation can accomplish.

The North Fork will take center stage June 15-17 for the North Fork Championship, where the worlds best kayakers will compete in some of the toughest whitewater in America. IRU is helping support the event as this year's recycling sponsor.

Idaho Gives
May
4
1:00 am01:00

Idaho Gives

  • Taphouse

Idaho Gives coming May 4 to communities throughout the Gem State.

People's Climate March
Apr
29
12:00 pm12:00

People's Climate March

  • Idaho State Capitol

Please join us April 29 at noon at the Idaho Capitol in Boise to stand up for our rivers, our planet and the communities we love.

Invite your friends! Let's march together for a brighter tomorrow filled with healthy rivers and abundant cold-water fisheries.

Also, please join us Friday afternoon, Apirl 28, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the IRU headquarters for a sign-making happy hour. More details on the sign-making event here.

Sign-making happy hour for People's Climate March
Apr
28
3:00 pm15:00

Sign-making happy hour for People's Climate March

  • Idaho Rivers United

In preparation for the People’s Climate March on April 29 in Boise and across the country, we are hosting a Sign Making Party! We will provide sign making materials, snacks and beverages as well as a healthy dose of camaraderie as we craft messages in opposition of the attacks on protections of our climate, health and communities.

Sign Making Happy Hour
April 28 at the IRU Headquarters 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Then please join us on April 29th at 10am at the Idaho Capitol to stand up for our rivers, our planet and the communities we love. Invite your friends! Let's march together! 

https://peoplesclimate.org/

Idaho River Lecture Series: Living Water-Wise in the Treasure Valley
Apr
25
6:30 pm18:30

Idaho River Lecture Series: Living Water-Wise in the Treasure Valley

  • Garden City Public Library

SUEZ is Idaho's largest water utility and services the Treasure Valley with municipal water. SUEZ Communications and and Community Relations Manager Stephanie Raddatz will present about water use in the Treasure Valley where 30 percent of the water supply comes from the Boise River.

Come learn about water use and supply and how you can help by conserving water for future generations.

Boise River, then and now—brown-bag lecture
Apr
18
12:00 pm12:00

Boise River, then and now—brown-bag lecture

  • Idaho Rivers United

Bring your lunch and join us at the IRU office for a discussion on the Boise River by Mr. Boise River himself, John Heimer. John will discuss the different plant species along the river and how they affect the river and the riverbed.

Aveda Earth Month
Apr
1
Apr 30

Aveda Earth Month

Aveda

10 Year of Protecting Clean Water

In honor of Earth Day, Aveda has set aside a whole month to love, celebrate and raise funds to protect the earth and its peoples.  Since 1999, thanks to the passion of the Aveda network and our guests, we’ve raised more than $50 million to help support organizations directly affect environmental change, more than $44 million has supported projects that protect clean water at home and around the world since 2007.

Envisioning a world of clean water, the Aveda network supports many types of clean water projects at home and around the world.  Idaho Rivers United is so very fortunate to be selected as an Aveda partner here in Idaho.

 

Please join us this April for Aveda Earth Month, a month when IRU partners with Aveda Salons to raise awareness about clean water.

Click here to check out Aveda Earth Month activities

Idaho Rivers Lecture Series: Creating Lively Landscapes With Less Water
Mar
28
6:00 pm18:00

Idaho Rivers Lecture Series: Creating Lively Landscapes With Less Water

  • Garden City Public Library, Garden City City Hall

Titled Creating Lively Landscapes With Less Water, this informative presentation by Diane Jones of Draggin' Wing High Desert Nursery will present ideas about how to transition from an typical water-intensive landscape to one that not only conserves water, but creates more beauty, more opportunity for pollinators and more year-round interest.

Mar
28
12:30 pm12:30

Idaho River Lecture Series: Ground dwelling spiders of our Boise River riparian area

Entomologist Ben SImko will introduce folks to basic spider biology and their cultural influences. He will also discuss the importance of spiders as predators in our diverse ecosystems. Finally, he will talk about the Boise River's riparian habitat as a case study of spider biodiversity right under our feet along the Boise River greenbelt.

My Father's Idaho: Ketchum
Mar
16
6:30 pm18:30

My Father's Idaho: Ketchum

  • 415 Spruce Avenue Ketchum, ID 83340 United States

Idahoan Rifka Helton has worked to preserve thousands of photos that her father, "Red" Helton, took of the state in the 1950s and 60s when he was a professor at the University of Idaho. Rifka, a singer, set the photos to original songs and performs them in a piece she calls "My Father's Idaho."

This is a unique opportunity to see yesterday's Idaho come alive while appreciating the unique combination of wild rivers, pastoral living and abundant public lands that makes the Gem State one of the nation's most unsung states.

  • Click here to read about the project at Rifka Helton's website.
My Father's Idaho: Boise
Mar
15
6:30 pm18:30

My Father's Idaho: Boise

  • Park Terrace office building

Idahoan Rifka Helton has worked to preserve thousands of photos that her father, "Red" Helton, took of the state in the 1950s and 60s when he was a professor at the University of Idaho. Rifka, a singer, set the photos to original songs and performs them in a piece she calls "My Father's Idaho."

This is a unique opportunity to see yesterday's Idaho come alive while appreciating the unique combination of wild rivers, pastoral living and abundant public lands that makes the Gem State one of the nation's most unsung states.

  • Click here to read about the project at Rifka Helton's website.
My Father's Idaho: McCall
Mar
14
6:30 pm18:30

My Father's Idaho: McCall

  • Alpine Playhouse

Idahoan Rifka Helton has worked to preserve thousands of photos that her father, "Red" Helton, took of the state in the 1950s and 60s when he was a professor at the University of Idaho. Rifka, a singer, set the photos to original songs and performs them in a piece she calls "My Father's Idaho."

This is a unique opportunity to see yesterday's Idaho come alive while appreciating the unique combination of wild rivers, pastoral living and abundant public lands that makes the Gem State one of the nation's most unsung states.

  • Click here to read about the project at Rifka Helton's website.

 

Idaho Rivers Lecture Series - Learn about Pollinators and how they help our environment.
Feb
28
6:00 pm18:00

Idaho Rivers Lecture Series - Learn about Pollinators and how they help our environment.

  • Garden City Public Library

On Feb. 28 at 6 p.m., please join Idaho Rivers United for our monthly lecture series at the Garden City Public Library featuring Judy Snow from the Chinden Gardeners Club and Garden City Pollinator Habitat.

It's a great time to learn about pollinators. One in every three bites of food we eat depends on pollinators. Learn about the threats to pollinators today, meet some fascinating pollinators who live among us and learn how to create safe habitat for them. We all need to help make our world safer for pollinators.

Judy is an active bee keeper, keeping both honey bees and mason beers. Her enthusiasm for protecting bees has been instrumental in bringing together government, commercial, and organizations working to save our bees. As a result of her work, Garden City Council passed a resolution in August to move forward to become the first Bee City USA in the State of Idaho and 13th in the nation.

Read me Treasue Valley
Feb
22
6:30 pm18:30

Read me Treasue Valley

  • Garden City Public Library

During part of the month of Feb. the library or IRU will be accepting submissions of art, photos, and writing expressing what the Boise River means to you. All entries will be included in a book compilation for river advocacy groups. Submissions due by Feb. 18.

Boise Wild Rivers Night
Jan
13
7:00 pm19:00

Boise Wild Rivers Night

  • Idaho River Sports

Join IRU as we welcome author Tim Palmer and rafting outfitter Zach Collier for an evening of socializing, river films and beer donated by Highlands Hollow. Click here to obtain free tickets, limited to 100. First come, first served.

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wild-rivers-night-boise-tickets-30132862202?invite&err=29&referrer&discount&affiliate&eventpassword

Speak Up For Salmon
Nov
29
5:00 pm17:00

Speak Up For Salmon

  • The Grove Hotel (2nd floor, Cedar Room)

Join Idaho Rivers United, Idaho Sierra Club and Idaho Conservation League for a press conference and rally in support of wild salmon. We'll gather at 5 p.m. in the Cedar Room on the second floor of the Grove Hotel in Boise on Nov. 29.

This event in support of wild salmon will take place alongside a federal open house, which will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. next door. We encourage you to attend this event and rally before attending the federal open house.

The federal meeting is one of many scheduled in the wake of a U.S. District Court ruling last May that sent dam operators back to the drawing board and set a new planning process in motion. Finding in favor of fishing businesses, conservation groups, clean energy advocates, the State of Oregon, and the Nez Perce Tribe, the decision rejected the federal agencies’ previous salmon restoration plan as illegal, inadequate and unrealistic – especially in the face of mounting climate impacts.

Advocates for a free-flowing lower Snake River are urging federal agencies to initiate a new approach by removing four high-cost, low-value dams. Fisheries biologists have long highlighted this action as the single most beneficial solution to restore dwindling salmon and steelhead populations in the Columbia River basin. Wild salmon and steelhead are a valuable and cherished resource and a part of the natural heritage across the Northwest – particularly for fishermen who use and enjoy the Clearwater, Lochsa and other tributaries to the Snake River.

The Pacific Northwest is already generating more electricity than it needs, and the modest amount of power produced by the four lower Snake River dams can be replaced with climate-friendly renewables. 

The public comment period closes Jan. 17. Click here for additional ways to file comments and for background materials, including suggested talking points.

Lewiston public meeting on dams and salmon
Nov
16
4:00 pm16:00

Lewiston public meeting on dams and salmon

  • Red Lion Hotel Lewiston, Seaport Room

Federal agencies in charge of the NEPA scoping process have established a meeting schedule beginning Oct. 24 in Wenatchee, Wash. and going through mid-December. There will be four meetings in Idaho: Oct. 26 in Priest River, Oct. 27 in Bonners Ferry, Nov. 16 in Lewiston and Nov. 29 in Boise. The public comment period opens today and closes Jan. 17. Click here for additional ways to file comments and for background materials, including suggested talking points.

Bonners Ferry public meeting on dams and salmon
Oct
27
4:00 pm16:00

Bonners Ferry public meeting on dams and salmon

  • Kootenai River Inn Casino & Spa

Federal agencies in charge of the NEPA scoping process have established a meeting schedule beginning Oct. 24 in Wenatchee, Wash. and going through mid-December. There will be four meetings in Idaho: Oct. 26 in Priest River, Oct. 27 in Bonners Ferry, Nov. 16 in Lewiston and Nov. 29 in Boise. The public comment period opens today and closes Jan. 17. Click here for additional ways to file comments and for background materials, including suggested talking points.

Priest River public meeting on dams and salmon
Oct
26
4:00 pm16:00

Priest River public meeting on dams and salmon

  • Priest River Community Center

Federal agencies in charge of the NEPA scoping process have established a meeting schedule beginning Oct. 24 in Wenatchee, Wash. and going through mid-December. There will be four meetings in Idaho: Oct. 26 in Priest River, Oct. 27 in Bonners Ferry, Nov. 16 in Lewiston and Nov. 29 in Boise. The public comment period opens today and closes Jan. 17. Click here for additional ways to file comments.

Native Fish of Idaho
Oct
25
6:00 pm18:00

Native Fish of Idaho

  • Garden City Public Library

Did you know that the cutthroat trout is Idaho's official state fish? Learn about how this native fish's sensitivity to changing and degraded environments and its value as a sport fish make it a great barometer for the quality of Idaho's great rivers. 

Join David Cannamela, who recently retired from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, as he talks about some of Idaho's most amazing and unsung creatures and what we can do to help ensure their future.

 

Auction for the Rivers
Oct
23
4:00 pm16:00

Auction for the Rivers

  • Barber Park Event Center

The IRU Auction for the Rivers is an annual tradition in the Treasure Valley. Come bid on cool stuff while supporting the rivers you love.

Wild salmon delivery in Boise from Pride of Bristol Bay
Oct
1
11:00 am11:00

Wild salmon delivery in Boise from Pride of Bristol Bay

  • Idaho Angler

This fall is an opportunity to stock your freezer with wild Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fillets and portions. Pride of Bristol Bay will have fresh frozen sockeye salmon in Boise. To order and reserve your share visit prideofbristolbay.com.

Pride of Bristol Bay will be in Boise Oct. 1 @ Idaho Angler S. Vista

Bristol will also cook a Salmon BBQ from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$15 - all proceeds benefit IRU and ICL

The menu includes: 
Warm Smoked Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon
Organic mixed greens form 100 Springs Farm in Hagerman w/sesame ginger dressing
Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes from M+M Heath Farm in Buhl
Water or a Local Brew