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    Craters Of The Moon

    National Monument & Preserve Idaho

Spring Events

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Date: May 13, 2014
Contact: visitor center, 208-527-1335

With sparse crowds, nice temperatures and abundant wildflowers, spring is a great time to visit the park. Mid-June is the peak of wildflower season at Craters of the Moon. Join us for the following special events:

Daily - Ranger guided Walks and Talks: Cave Walk @ 1 p.m., Patio Talk @ 3 p.m.
Join us for a Cave Walk or a short patio talk daily thru June 6. Our full schedule of walks and talks begins June 7. Look for a detailed schedule at: http://www.nps.gov/crmo/planyourvisit/events.htm

May 24 - "Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit": 2 p.m.
This special showing of a new documentary film by Ken Burns honors the 150th anniversary of legislation signed by Abraham Lincoln to preserve Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias that gave birth to the national park idea!

Wild Saturdays
Saturdays from May 31-August 30
Explore the first wilderness area in the National Park System and other wild places. Wilderness walks are limited to 12 participants. Reservations are available by calling 208-527-1335.

May 31 – Preserving Wilderness Character
What makes wilderness wild? These and other questions about the characteristics of wilderness will be examined during a 1-2 hour hike on the two mile long Broken Top Loop Trail. The hike will be led by the park's Chief of Resource Management, a 35 year veteran of the National Park Service. Wear sturdy shoes and be ready for some moderately steep slopes. Meet at the Tree Molds parking area at 9:00 AM.

June 7 – Pioneers Bike Tour (4th annual)
Bring a mountain bike and join us for a 22-mile tour of Goodales Cutoff…where the Pioneer Mountains meet the lava. Meet at the Visitor Center at 9 a.m. Call 208-726-7485 for reservations. Lunch in Carey after the ride!

June 14 & 21 – Wildflower Walks
June is the peak of the wildflower season at Craters of the Moon. Join Ranger Lennie on this guided 3 mile walk that will cover a variety of habitats and introduce participants to a number of plant species. Pack a lunch to be eaten in the field, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. Meet at the Tree Molds parking lot at 10 a.m.

June 28 – Wilderness Wildflower Photography
Join Ranger Doug for a hike and photography tour of our June wildflowers. Bring a camera, and a macro lens,as well as an appetite to capture a variety of blooms on film.

June 13 (presentation) & June 14-15 (workshop) - Nature Photography Presentation and Teacher's Workshop
Join the park Education Specialist for a Teacher's Workshop on Nature Photography June 14-15. Anyone can attend the evening session on June 13 that provides an introduction to the philosophy, practices, and techniques of nature photography. Both events are free with college credit available through the College of Southern Idaho. Call 208-527-1331 to register for the workshop or for more information.

June 28 & 29 - Star Party
Join experts from the Idaho Falls Astronomical Society and experience the universe under our naturally dark skies. Enjoy a presentation about the night sky and Craters of the Moon's "unearthly" connections both nights in the campground amphitheater at 9:30 pm. Then head to the Caves Area parking lot for telescope viewing of the skies above. Call 208-527-1335 for more information.

Did You Know?

kipuka

Searing lava flows that initially destroyed everything in their path today protect the last refuges of intact sagebrush steppe communities on the Snake River Plain. These islands of vegetation, known as kipukas, provide important examples of what is "natural". More...