Winter is a special time of year to visit Craters of the Moon. You are invited to experience the beauty of this winter wonderland by joining a free snowshoe workshop. We will even provide the snowshoes, or bring your own if you have them. If you have never snowshoed before, you will learn how and find out that snowshoes offer an easy way to enjoy the Monument in winter. Don?t be surprised if the vista from the summit of a volcano you have climbed on snowshoes and the contrast of white snow, blue sky, and black lava rock leaves vivid pictures in your mind.
Winter Ecology Workshops
Winter Ecology Workshops will be offered on Saturday January 14, 21, 28 and February 11 and 18. The workshop begins at the Visitor Center at 9:30 a.m. with a one hour classroom presentation, which will provide a general introduction to the winter season. The field portion of the workshop covers 3-5 miles on snowshoes and lunch is eaten out in the field. Tracks and trails are usually abundant and participants will learn to identify the animals that made them. Participants return to the Visitor Center by 3 p.m. Contact Craters at (208) 527-3257 for a required reservation or for more information.
In addition, Craters has been recognized as a Snow School by the Winter Wildlands Alliance, the 1st in Idaho! Wednesdays and Thursdays in January and February, Educators can bring students to Craters for a mini winter ecology lesson including a 1 mile snowshoe trek near the Visitor Center. Please contact the Craters of the Moon Visitor Center (208)527-3257 to schedule a visit.
SnowSchool Teacher?s Workshop
Also this winter, Craters will be offering a SnowSchool Teacher?s Workshop on winter ecology for 1 college credit hour through the Sawtooth Science Institute which will be held on Jan. 6 & 7. This 2-day workshop will provide educators with a variety of educational tools that can be used with students in the classroom and in the field to introduce winter ecology concepts. Contact the Sawtooth Science Institute at 208-788- 9686 to sign up for this special event.