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Teachers invited to learn of Idaho's state parks
June 2, 2017
Teachers are invited to learn about the natural history of magnificent Idaho state parks in a new series of classes offered by the Friends of Idaho State Parks in partnership with the Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation. Educators can earn one Boise State University continuing education credit for each two-day class.

Instructors will provide lessons incorporating geology, botany and other features of each park. Courses will meet on site at the parks.

Dates and natural history class locations are:
  * July 10-11 – Natural History of City of Rocks National Reserve
  * July 25-26 – Natural History of Massacre Rocks State Park
  * August 7-8 – Craters of the Moon Natural History
  * August 17-18 – Bruneau Dunes State Park and Observatory Natural History

To learn more about each park, please see: Friends of Idaho State Parks is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to increasing support for the state parks system. To learn more about Friends of Idaho State Parks, please see

The new classes are intended to increase public awareness of the natural history of our magnificent parks, said coordinator Christine Gertschen, a board member of the Friends of Idaho State Parks.

Class costs are $50, payable when registering for the course.  Proceeds benefit educational programs at each park. Boise State University is offering one continuing education credit for an additional $60 per class.

A syllabus with information about each course is available by contacting Chris Gertschen, Friends of Idaho State Parks, (208) 309- 0901,

In additon, “Wild About Bears,” a class offered by Idaho Project Wild, will meet August 9-11 at Harriman State Park. To register, please see, or contact Lori Adams, Idaho Department of Fish & Game, at or (208) 863-3236.
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