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Make Like a Salmon

… And run up to Idaho City for the Kokanee Outdoor Day this Saturday, Aug. 29, where you can join forces with other gold-prospecting, raptor-spotting and rock (candy)-chomping rascals.

Trout Unlimited, Sierra Club, Idaho Rivers United, the U.S. Forest Service and the Be Outside Initiative are all teaming up to put on the event, which invites the little folks out to traipse along the banks of Mores Creek from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. following the route of the red kokanee salmon and stopping every so often to learn something awesome.

Map stops include raptor watching with the Golden Eagle Audubon Society, gold panning with the Idaho Gold Prospecting Association, chowing down on rock candy and gulping fresh spring water and planting a tree at Grimes Creek with Vineyard church.

Later on, big kids can wet their whistles at the Idaho City Park beer garden and listen to live music from noon-6 p.m. More events for the kiddos at the festival include fly fishing demos, water play, storytelling in a teepee and salmon feeding.

Saturday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., FREE, Idaho City, Hwy. 21, 40 miles past Boise, 208-345-9800,