In conjunction with the Environmental Resource Center, we look forward to offering a Youth Forum this year to take place concurrently with the Sun Valley Forum over two days, August 1 & 2. We are both excited to provide an opportunity to make the Forum much more family friendly as well as provide an opportunity for local youth to participate in the Institute’s vision. Children and teenagers will learn about Sun Valley and its local ecosystems, food systems, and energy systems. Weather dependent, the majority of the activities — both learning and fun — will take place outside in our natural surroundings.

The Forum will be divided into two groups, ages 5-8 and 9-13, each offering age appropriate activities.

Youth Forum Schedule (Ages 5-13)

Wednesday, August 1

8:30: Opening Circle

8:45-4:30: Activities to include looking at water quality via the macroinvertebrate population, understanding water ecosystems and keystone species, analyzing soil acidity and how it affects food production, and the role of electric cars, motors and batteries in a resilient future.

4:30-5:00: Closing Circle

Thursday, August 2

8:30: Opening Circle

8:45-4:30: Activities to include understanding the 3R’s: Reducing, Reusing and Recycling, looking at where our waste goes and how landfills work, and exploring how plants adapt as well as how noxious weeds impact our local ecosystem.

4:30-5:00: Closing Circle

Both days will include ample time outside, weather permitting, as well as opportunities to be creative with our abundant natural materials and our expansive imaginations. Snacks and lunch will be provided both days.

Registration is $150 and covers both days. Please register by July 27, 2018.

Programs are organized with the Environmental Resource Center.


Please email for more information.