Kokanee Outdoor Day 

Fans of Kokanee Beer, most popular with our neighbors to the north in British Columbia may be a bit disappointed to learn that contrary to initial first thoughts, "Kokanee Outdoor Day" isn't going to involve an out-of-hand keg party in the middle of the Idaho wilderness. Quite the opposite. Kokanee Outdoor Day is a family style celebration dedicated to the other very important kokanee--salmon--along Highway 21 and John Brogan Park in Idaho City.

Every year, kokanee salmon make a journey up Mores Creek, and thanks to Trout Unlimited, Sierra Club, Idaho Rivers United and the Be Outside Initiative, a celebration is held in their honor. There will be five road stops along Highway 21 between Boise and Idaho City between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m, where travelers can participate in interactive displays and activities. The first stop involves a raptor-watching activity, where people can use the Golden Eagle Audubon telescopes to spot birds soaring in the sky. Kids and parents can learn about bugs and search for fish in Mores Creek during the second stop. Folks from the Idaho Gold Prospectors Association will be on hand at the third stop to give people the chance to strike it rich by panning for gold. Tour the Rocks water plant and taste fresh mountain spring water, and at the final stop, plant a tree along Grimes Creek.

Once explorers make it to Idaho City, they will head to John Brogan Park from noon to 6 p.m. for the main event. Perfect your casting techniques during fly-casting demonstrations, make friends with a raptor from the World Center for Birds of Prey, enjoy story time in a teepee and get your fortune told by the "Fish Fortune-Telling Gypsy." Also take advantage of Harley's Beer Garden while listening to live music. And because you've been learning about fish, looking at fish and talking about fish all day, visitors are bound to get a bit hungry. Luckily, Trudy's Kitchen is stepping in to host a massive salmon feed.

Saturday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., FREE, John Brogan Park, Idaho City, 208-392-4159, idahocitychamber.com.

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