May 23--STANLEY -- The Sawtooth Association's Stanley Museum opens Saturday and will remain open through the long Memorial Day weekend. It will also be open May 31-June 1 and June 7-June 8.
Starting June 13, the Stanley Museum will be open every day through Sept. 7, with historic exhibits including the restored Ice House (cold cellar), new outdoor displays and a new medical equipment exhibit made possible by the Salmon River Clinic. In addition, the bookstore will have new titles, guidebooks and maps for the area. The museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Sawtooth Association's programs for the summer will include the Redfish Center & Gallery, which will open June 13 and will remain open seven days a week through Sept. 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join Idaho artists for Scones and Scenery at the Redfish Gallery Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.June 27, July 18, Aug. 15 and Sept. 5.
Providing interpretive programs out of the center as well as featuring regional artists, new exhibits, displays and video programs are some of the offerings available all summer at the center. Nature walks, Junior Ranger programs, campfire programs, Redfish Lake boat tours and discovery stations are also available through the center. The Redfish Center and interpretive programs are designed to create a memorable summer experience for any visitor. The Sawtooth Association also provides programs at Stanley Lake, Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch and the Stanley Museum.
"We have an exciting program scheduled for this summer," said Sawtooth Association executive director, Terry Clark, in a press release. "Our new and returning staff is excited to share their love of the natural and cultural history of the Sawtooth country with our visitors."
The Sawtooth Association annual Forum and Lecture Series will begin July 11 and will kick off with a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act with lectures continuing throughout the summer.
More events include celebrating the Sawtooth Mountain Mama's Arts and Crafts Fair July 19 and 20.This year, all proceeds from the Mountain Mama's quilt raffle will be donated to the Sawtooth Association to help pay for the Redfish Lake Webcam.
Kids will have the chance to celebrate Smoky's Birthday from 1-3 p.m.Aug. 9, at the Redfish Center Amphitheater with games, a puppet show, birthday cake and more. The annual Sawtooth Association Ice Cream Social will take place Aug. 10 along with the "Wild Ways" Fair.
The Stanley Salmon Festival Aug. 23, co-hosted by Idaho Rivers United, will have salmon spawning tours, music, food and many opportunities to learn about salmon.
The Sawtooth Association programs are funded by book and map sales at ten sales outlets, which include eight on the Sawtooth and two on the Salmon-Challis National Forest as well as through donations, grants and memberships.
The Sawtooth Association is a nonprofit, member-based organization. All programs are free of charge, but donations are gladly accepted. For more information on the Sawtooth Association, programs and membership, visit www.discoversawtooth.org.
2014 Forum & Lecture Series (FLS) Schedule (every Friday from July 11 through Aug. 29 from 5 p.m. at the Stanley Museum and 8 p.m. at the Redfish Center & Gallery)
July 11 Richard Holmes presents "Bound for the Backcountry: Aviation in Idaho's Largest Wilderness Areas"
July 18 Rocky Barker presents "The 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act"
July 25 John Freemuth presents "Imagining Wilderness in 2064"
Aug. 1 Nappy Neaman presents "Mountain Goats: A Sawtooth Wilderness Icon"
Aug. 8 Carol Miller presents "Wilderness Fire: What's the Problem?"
Aug. 15 Greg Kaltenecker (Idaho Bird Observatory) and Bill Heinrich (Peregrine Fund) present "Idaho is Raptor habitat: The art and science of conserving Birds of prey" with Live Birds!
Aug. 22 "Wilderness and Salmon: the Habitat and the Fish" at 5 p.m. at the Stanley Museum.
The documentary film "DamNation" will screen at the Redfish Center at 8 p.m.Aug. 23 at the Stanley Community Center.
Aug. 29 John Rember and Katy Nelson present "Then and Now: The Lives of Wilderness Rangers"
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