1965 - 2015 : Celebrating 50 years of helping you make lasting, outdoor memories!

First Time Adventure Program

Have you always wanted to camp outdoors, fish or paddle, but didn’t know the basics, have the proper equipment, or even know where to go?  Our First Time Adventure Program brings families and the great outdoors together!  We host a fun-filled, outdoor experience for first-time adventurers. Our park's knowledgeable and friendly staff will provide you with gear, show you the ropes and make sure you have fun in the process.

Activities May Include:

  • Camping fundamentals (what to bring, setting up a tent, cooking, safety tips, etc.)
  • Hiking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Interpretive programs - wildlife, history, culture
  • Fishing
  • Paddle sports (canoeing, kayaking)
  • Outdoor cooking instruction

Participating State Parks

Castle Rocks State Park
Hells Gate State Park
Lake Cascade State Park
Lucky Peak State Park
Lake Walcott State Park
Massacre Rocks State Park
Priest Lake State Park
Winchester Lake State Park
 

First Time Adventure Programs within Idaho's State Parks are generously sponsored by:

        

Park Interpretation

The story of Idaho can be told in its state parks. Each of Idaho's 30 state parks provides a window into the political and social development of Idaho and the West.

From the pristine setting of Glade Creek, where the Corps of Discovery once camped, to the land of the Yankee Fork, where you can still gaze upon the ghosts of frontier mining; from Harriman State Park in the east, reflecting Idaho's rich ranching heritage, to the former naval base at Farragut in the north -- Idaho's state parks each have a story to tell.

Some of Idaho's parks are the result of enthusiastic private citizens who saw a need. Sometimes that need was protection of cultural values. Often it was an attempt to capture the rush of tourists passing through Idaho to destinations elsewhere.

But in a state famous for its federally administered public lands, Idaho's state parks have had to compete for their place in the sun.

Idaho Public Television produced an hour-long special that explores the history of the state parks movement in Idaho, how state parks are faring in today’s economy, and the value of state parks to Idaho’s residents. The State of Our Parks.

There's so much to do outside! Get your kids engaged in the outdoors. Visit www.beoutsideidaho.org for a lengthy list of things to do!

 

 
A great downloadable guide for even the littlest adventure seeker!
   

 


The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation created a teacher resource kit and student workbook to celebrate the centennial of Idaho state parks in 2008. The material is still fresh and available for free to teachers and home schoolers. You can download the entire workbook and resource guide, or download individual modules. Be sure to ask for the free, fun DVD and park resource guide that goes along with it.

Additionally, Thousand Springs State Park offers experiential learning that meets Idaho's State Teaching Standards in Geology, U.S. History, and Idaho History. Click here to download a brochure that discusses this program and others available in the area via a partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service.

Lesson 1: 100 Years of Idaho Parks. Introduction to parks history and expanded content relating to the DVD.
Lesson 2: State Park Origins. About Idaho's first state park and the young men who built it.
Lesson 3: Mapping Idaho. Using graph paper to plot Idaho's state parks on a map.
Lesson 4: State Park Weather. Learning how weather affects your visit.
Lesson 5: Water Safety. Learning about water safety and more about state parks.
Lesson 6: State Parks by Design. Leaning about the purpose of state parks and how they are managed.
Lesson 7: Travel Planning. Plan a trip to a state park learn about map legends.
Lesson 8: The Park Brochure. How would you design a brochure for a state park? What would you put in it?
Lesson 9: Historic Buildings. Learn that many historic buildings, including the oldest in Idaho, are in state parks. Art project: Your own Cataldo Mission.
Lesson 10: The State Parks Challenge. Match up questions and answers about the things you have studied.
Complete Resource Book (8 mb download)

 

First Time Adventure Program

Have you always wanted to camp outdoors, fish or paddle, but didn’t know the basics, have the proper equipment, or even know where to go?  Our First Time Adventure Program brings families and the great outdoors together!  We host a fun-filled, outdoor experience for first-time adventurers. Our park's knowledgeable and friendly staff will provide you with gear, show you the ropes and make sure you have fun in the process.

Activities May Include:

  • Camping fundamentals (what to bring, setting up a tent, cooking, safety tips, etc.)
  • Hiking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Interpretive programs - wildlife, history, culture
  • Fishing
  • Paddle sports (canoeing, kayaking)
  • Outdoor cooking instruction

Participating State Parks

Castle Rocks State Park
Hells Gate State Park
Lake Cascade State Park
Lucky Peak State Park
Lake Walcott State Park
Massacre Rocks State Park
Priest Lake State Park
Winchester Lake State Park
 

First Time Adventure Programs within Idaho's State Parks are generously sponsored by:

        

Park Interpretation

The story of Idaho can be told in its state parks. Each of Idaho's 30 state parks provides a window into the political and social development of Idaho and the West.

From the pristine setting of Glade Creek, where the Corps of Discovery once camped, to the land of the Yankee Fork, where you can still gaze upon the ghosts of frontier mining; from Harriman State Park in the east, reflecting Idaho's rich ranching heritage, to the former naval base at Farragut in the north -- Idaho's state parks each have a story to tell.

Some of Idaho's parks are the result of enthusiastic private citizens who saw a need. Sometimes that need was protection of cultural values. Often it was an attempt to capture the rush of tourists passing through Idaho to destinations elsewhere.

But in a state famous for its federally administered public lands, Idaho's state parks have had to compete for their place in the sun.

Idaho Public Television produced an hour-long special that explores the history of the state parks movement in Idaho, how state parks are faring in today’s economy, and the value of state parks to Idaho’s residents. The State of Our Parks.

There's so much to do outside! Get your kids engaged in the outdoors. Visit www.beoutsideidaho.org for a lengthy list of things to do!

 

 
A great downloadable guide for even the littlest adventure seeker!
   

 

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation created a teacher resource kit and student workbook to celebrate the centennial of Idaho state parks in 2008. The material is still fresh and available for free to teachers and home schoolers. You can download the entire workbook and resource guide, or download individual modules. Be sure to ask for the free, fun DVD and park resource guide that goes along with it.

Additionally, Thousand Springs State Park offers experiential learning that meets Idaho's State Teaching Standards in Geology, U.S. History, and Idaho History. Click here to download a brochure that discusses this program and others available in the area via a partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service.

Lesson 1: 100 Years of Idaho Parks. Introduction to parks history and expanded content relating to the DVD.
Lesson 2: State Park Origins. About Idaho's first state park and the young men who built it.
Lesson 3: Mapping Idaho. Using graph paper to plot Idaho's state parks on a map.
Lesson 4: State Park Weather. Learning how weather affects your visit.
Lesson 5: Water Safety. Learning about water safety and more about state parks.
Lesson 6: State Parks by Design. Leaning about the purpose of state parks and how they are managed.
Lesson 7: Travel Planning. Plan a trip to a state park learn about map legends.
Lesson 8: The Park Brochure. How would you design a brochure for a state park? What would you put in it?
Lesson 9: Historic Buildings. Learn that many historic buildings, including the oldest in Idaho, are in state parks. Art project: Your own Cataldo Mission.
Lesson 10: The State Parks Challenge. Match up questions and answers about the things you have studied.
Complete Resource Book (8 mb download)