The Boise WaterShed—that neat-o place that makes wastewater treatment interesting, hosts a slew of entertaining events and promotes all things healthy water-related—will host its second annual Ramble, a water awareness run/walk, Saturday, May 5.
Participants can show their love for H20 by partaking in either a 5K run (new this year) or 1.5-mile family friendly walk along the Boise River.
Those not racing to the finish can pause and enjoy eco-friendly demonstrations at exploration stations, like a toilet seat toss, watershed-on-wheels and a presentation on how water influences agriculture and food by Boise Projects, which manages water for the Bureau of Reclamation.
Younger walk participants will receive passports, which they can get stamped at the various stops. Games, prizes (including a bicycle) and a live broadcast by 94.9 FM The River (oh-so-fitting for a water-themed event) will take place at the finish-line party. The WaterShed's exhibits will also be open.
Proceeds will go toward the creation of a new 1.2--acre outdoor classroom that will include a replica of Boise's watersheds, which flow water from Lucky Peak to the city to Lake Lowell.
More than 60,000 people have taken part in exhibit hall and treatment plant tours since the WaterShed opened its doors in 2008. While funding for the WaterShed's programs and the new facility are certainly important, the ramble's true focus is on getting people to visit.
"More than anything, this event is about bringing the community to our facilities," said WaterShed Executive Director Carrie Maulin.
Registration for the 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. with a 9 a.m. start, and the walk check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. with a 10 a.m. start.