Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Silver Creek Starts Summer Season

Despite poor weather, about 85 visitors attended the barbecue at Silver Creek Preserve held on opening day. Some fish were caught, many stories were told and our visitors enjoyed a nice picnic at the visitor's center.

And it's just the beginning of Silver Creek Preserve's 30th anniversary festivities. Stop by the preserve to enjoy some great fishing, birding or hiking, and take in one of the many events held this summer.

Natural History Walks
Natural history walks around the preserve, every other Saturday throughout the summer starting on June 3, 2006. Join our visitor center host, Ruth, a naturalist and plant expert for a tour of the preserve. She will point out interesting plants, talk about the geology of the area, point out birds and wildflowers, explain the different processes of a spring fed creek, to name a few. This is a great way to be introduced to the area or to learn more about your backyard!!
9am- 12am June 17, July 8, July 22, August 5, August 19

Silver Creek Art Series
$15/ each or $50 for all four art and writing events. Call ahead to register.
■ Wednesday, June 14 5:30-8:00 p.m. Paper making with native plants and wildflowers.
■ Wednesday, June 21 5:30-8:00p.m. Watercolors. Come sit on the deck of the visitor center, learn how to use watercolors, and try and paint the amazing Silver Creek landscape!
■ Wednesday, June 28 5:30-8:00p.m. Landscape drawing with colored pencil. Learn about the versatility of colored pencil while enjoying the Silver Creek environment!
■ Wednesday, June 28 10am-2 p.m. ‘Writing the Landscape’ a nature writing exploration with author Diane Peavey.

Silver Creek Plant Series
Wednesday, June 7 5:30-7:30p.m
Weed night with University of Idaho weed extension agent, Ron Thaimert. Ron will talk about weeds, new weed threats, and ways to combat the spread of weeds. We will also talk about alternatives to herbicides and innovative techniques for battling weeds.
Saturday, June 10th 9a.m. -12:00
Plant and plant biology walk (and wildflowers, too!). Join Ruth, our on-site plant expert on a walk around the preserve learning about the unique plant communities of Silver Creek.

Saturday July 29th- ‘ A Day at Silver Creek’
Join the Silver Creek staff for a Natural history walk, a plant walk, Bird watching tours, fly-fishing classes, and fly-tying classes. Spend the day with us at Silver Creek!

Wednesday evenings- 5:30-8:00 p.m. Watercolors-- Join the preserve manager and volunteers for an evening of painting on the
visitor center deck. Very casual, free, everyone is welcome.

There are many other events throughout the summer. Please call 788-7910 for additional activities and events.


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