Through displays of both native and cultivated flora across several regional gardens, Sawtooth Botanical Garden celebrates and educates the community about the plants and flowers that flourish at high altitudes. Trek through the alpine garden to spy plants that normally grow above the tree line, or wander through the riparian garden to get a close-up view of cottonwoods, willows, and other plants that make their homes near rivers and streams. Nearby, a children's garden hosts educational classes and a spray pool for summer fun. For a more inward journey, visit the Garden of Infinite Compassion. It was established in honor of the Dalai Lama's visit to the Wood River Valley as a place where people can calm their minds in the serenity of nature.
Silverhawk Aviation’s owner, Catherine Rad Weber, built a school not only to teach people how to fly, but to learn to love their wings as well. Her comprehensive curriculum challenges students to fly at high altitudes, in different weather conditions, and over diverse terrain, training helicopter pilots who will be comfortable in the cockpit anywhere in the world. The program includes hands-on experience in caring for the rides, moving them in and out of hangars, and safely washing them without getting soap in their eyes.
Whether training or touring, visitors receive eyefuls of southern Idaho’s diverse geological features. The helicopters surmount rugged mountains, speed over mesas and high deserts, and ride air currents above rivers that wend their way into deep canyons. Apart from stunning the brain’s beauty receptors, this splendor provides a natural obstacle course against which more experienced pilots test their skill, zipping around rock spires or hopping the feet of their craft neatly through pristine fields of tire plants.