POLICY TOURS and ACTIVITIES
*Sign ups for all tours available within registration
Wednesday, November 16
National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC)
The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) is the nation's logistical and support center for wildland fire and sometimes, national emergencies. NIFC is the place where state, federal and tribal agencies work together to get fire personnel, aircraft, supplies and equipment from anywhere in the country to where they are needed the most.
NIFC doesn't fight fires. That work is the responsibility of local, federal, state, tribal, and community agencies. NIFC's primary mission is to provide cooperative leadership, technical expertise, people and equipment for national and international wildland fire management and emergency assistance. NIFC, then, is a place with a mission - to ensure that wildland firefighters everywhere have the support and information they need to be safe, effective and efficient.
Participants will depart from the Grove Hotel at 2:30pm to receive a tour of the NIFC facilities.
Friday, November 18
Boise State University Bronco's Football Game & Tailgate
7pm - 10pm
Join your PNWER friends and colleagues on the 50 yard line as the Boise State University Broncos take on the University of Nevada- Las Vegas Rebels at Albertsons Stadium in Boise. Since 1970, Boise State has played its home games in Albertson’s Stadium (also known as Bronco Stadium) which enjoys a reputation as one of the most difficult places in the country for opposing teams to play. The stadium is well known for its blue artificial surface. “The Blue,” as it is called by fans, is the only non-green playing surface in the Football Bowl Subdivision, and is one of the most distinguishing and enduring symbols of Boise State football. As of April, 2016 the Broncos are 104-6 at home since the 1999 season. The Broncos won 47 straight home conference games from 1999 to 2011 and were undefeated in conference during their 10 years in the Western Athletic Conference.
Boise State University football is a favorite past time for Idahoans, an important part of the local community and economy, and a must-see experience for visitors. PNWER has a limited number of tickets for purchase, located on the 2nd level, mid field on the 50 yard line. Get your tickets today to experience this exciting game. Kick-off is at 6pm. Details will follow for a possible tailgate reception before the game begins.
Saturday, November 19
World Center for Birds of Prey and Wine Tour
10am - 3:15pm
Depart for the World Center for Birds of Prey, located 20 minutes from downtown, for a guided tour of their interpretive center where they work to restore endangered birds and release them into the wild. The Center houses the largest captive flock of California Condors in the world. You will enjoy a live bird presentation and meet several other birds of prey during your visit.
The tour will then depart for the Snake River Valley Wine AVA in the well-traveled Sunnyslope Wine Region, just 40 minutes from Boise. Visit Ste. Chapelle WInery overlooking the beautiful Snake River, where you can taste several varieties of wine; take home a signature wine glass and shop for wine accessories in the wine shop.
Next, travel to Huston Idaho, home of the Huston Vineyards, a boutique vineyard and winery established in 2006. Wine tasting will also be set up for your enjoyment at this small family owned winery that produces some very fine wine. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah were planted and thrive on this site of rich volcanic soil and long sunny days.
The tour will return to Boise by approximately 3:15pm. Boxed lunches will be provided on the tour.