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Partnerships that support Idaho's recreation and tourism

Created in 1988-1989, IRTI is an enduring coalition of state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations working together to provide Idaho citizens and visitors with statewide recreation opportunities. We work to provide our citizens and visitors with public information, services, and connections to Idaho's best sites and activities. IRTI has supported Idaho's recreation and tourism with these efforts for over 30 years:

  • Statewide campground directory
     
  • Idaho Scenic Byways System
     
  • Guides: Idaho Watchable Wildlife Viewing, Idaho Birding Trails
     
  • Be Outside Idaho, Free Fishing Day, Bird by Bird Idaho, Unplug & Be Outside Days, Bogus Basin Ski, and other youth outdoor activities
     
  • Idaho Department of Commerce & Tourism's "Visit Idaho" travel information
     
  • Trail access and use: motorized, non-motorized, and bikes
     
  • Statewide recreation and tourism conferences, special events, and activities

 

 


IRTI Projects

We sponsor projects to educate and support outdoor recreation throughout the State of Idaho. We promote collaborative efforts that encourage safe, responsible outdoor recreation, and we help agencies and organizations with recreation and tourism planning.

Project Snapshots

Be Outside, Idaho
Formerly known as the "Idaho Children and Nature Network," Be Outside, Idaho (BOI) is an ever-widening network of partners working collaboratively to develop ways to connect children with nature in Idaho. BOI also sponsors a grant program to encourage outdoor activities for youth.

SCORTP
Each state is required to develop a State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Plan (SCORTP).

Idaho Governor's Conference on Recreation and Tourism
Annual recreation and tourism conference. Often referred to as "ICORT."

Idaho Campground Directory
An easy-to-use guide that encompasses private RV Parks, Idaho State Parks, US Forest Service, BLM, Bureau of Reclamation, and National Parks.

Idaho Watchable Wildlife Committee  
A collaborative local/state/federal/conservation effort, led by Idaho Department of Fish & Game's wildlife diversity program, that promotes awareness, education, and wildlife-based tourism. Produces Idaho's Watchable Wildlife Viewing Guide and marks statewide viewing sites. 

Idaho Guides
Working with many partners, IRTI helps produce and distribute guides for citizen and visitor use, including Idaho RV Park and Campground Directory, Watchable Wildlife Viewing Guide, Windows to Wildilfe, EarthTracks, Idaho Birding Trail, Idaho Scenic Byways, "Visit Idaho" (Idaho Dept of Tourism & Commerce), and trails guides such as Ridge to Rivers.

Outdoor Recreation Events and Activities
Annual and seasonal events, such as Idaho Free Fishing Day, parks events, bird counts and bird watching, clinics and seminars, safety schools, school programs and summer activities.

Trails
Promoting safe and responsible trail use. IRTI is a member of the Idaho Intragency Trails Coordinating Committee
that focuses on non-motorized trail access, education, and information.

Stay tuned for more projects and information!

 

 

 


Grant Information

Be Outside Idaho is supported by IRTI partners. Its goal is to get youth outdoors. Many Idaho schools, nonprofit groups, and governmental organizations are already using innovative methods to foster an appreciation of the great outdoors and to educate our youth about the importance of the natural world. IRTI supports new efforts and enhances current ones, by offering the Be Outside Idaho small grants program for schools, governmental entities and nonprofit organizations that encourage outdoor activities and natural resource education for youth.

If you're a teacher, interpretive specialist, or program director for a nonprofit, we may be able to help. The application is simple. Tell us what you're planning to do and the resources you need to do it.

2018 Be Outside Idaho Grant Projects

Hailey Wood River Middle School Outdoor Program for students and families of diversity and low-income

Duck Valley Reservation American Conservation Experience outdoor program equipment

Lewiston Idaho State Juvenile Corrections trail-building efforts

Meridian Meridian Parks and Recreation Unplug and Be Outside week

Meridian Meridian Middle School Ambassadors training at YMCA Horsethief Reservoir camp    

Salmon Salmon Valley Stewardship pollinators pathway project 

Statewide Friends of Idaho State Parks naturalist for Writers at Harriman writing camp at Harriman State Park

How to Apply

Our timelines have been disrupted by the federal shutdown. Information on deadlines to come.

Click here for the application.

 


How Does IRTI Work?

The Idaho Recreation and Tourism Initiative (IRTI) is comprised of a diverse coalition of state and federal agencies and nonprofit organizations who work together to provide Idaho citizens and visitors with statewide recreation opportunities. IRTI was formed in 1988 under Governor Cecil Andrus, first coordinated by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR). 

Today, IRTI is governed by a Steering Committee that is comprised of one representative from each partner agency. Each partner signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that helps guides the overall goals and objectives of IRTI. The Steering Committee meets three to four times per year to explore opportunities to work together on collaborative recreation and tourism projects. The Steering Committee approves statewide work projects, charters working groups to implement the projects, and administers an annual budget that is funded by contributions from various partner agencies. An IRTI Coordinator provides staff support to the Steering Committee, funded jointly by the partner agencies, and hosted by IDPR.  

 

How Does IRTI Benefit Idaho?

IRTI projects reflect a wide and diverse range of efforts and engage an equally wide and diverse range of partners in statewide outdoor recreation and tourism. IRTI-supported projects, activities, and education enrich the lives of Idaho citizens and visitors, and help support Idaho's economy and quality of life.

 

Additional Information:

 


IRTI has a rich history that has roots well over 30 years old.

Visit this page later. We have some exciting history to share.

Partnerships that support Idaho's recreation and tourism

Created in 1988-1989, IRTI is an enduring coalition of state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations working together to provide Idaho citizens and visitors with statewide recreation opportunities. We work to provide our citizens and visitors with public information, services, and connections to Idaho's best sites and activities. IRTI has supported Idaho's recreation and tourism with these efforts for over 30 years:

  • Statewide campground directory
     
  • Idaho Scenic Byways System
     
  • Guides: Idaho Watchable Wildlife Viewing, Idaho Birding Trails
     
  • Be Outside Idaho, Free Fishing Day, Bird by Bird Idaho, Unplug & Be Outside Days, Bogus Basin Ski, and other youth outdoor activities
     
  • Idaho Department of Commerce & Tourism's "Visit Idaho" travel information
     
  • Trail access and use: motorized, non-motorized, and bikes
     
  • Statewide recreation and tourism conferences, special events, and activities

 

 

IRTI Projects

We sponsor projects to educate and support outdoor recreation throughout the State of Idaho. We promote collaborative efforts that encourage safe, responsible outdoor recreation, and we help agencies and organizations with recreation and tourism planning.

Project Snapshots

Be Outside, Idaho
Formerly known as the "Idaho Children and Nature Network," Be Outside, Idaho (BOI) is an ever-widening network of partners working collaboratively to develop ways to connect children with nature in Idaho. BOI also sponsors a grant program to encourage outdoor activities for youth.

SCORTP
Each state is required to develop a State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Plan (SCORTP).

Idaho Governor's Conference on Recreation and Tourism
Annual recreation and tourism conference. Often referred to as "ICORT."

Idaho Campground Directory
An easy-to-use guide that encompasses private RV Parks, Idaho State Parks, US Forest Service, BLM, Bureau of Reclamation, and National Parks.

Idaho Watchable Wildlife Committee  
A collaborative local/state/federal/conservation effort, led by Idaho Department of Fish & Game's wildlife diversity program, that promotes awareness, education, and wildlife-based tourism. Produces Idaho's Watchable Wildlife Viewing Guide and marks statewide viewing sites. 

Idaho Guides
Working with many partners, IRTI helps produce and distribute guides for citizen and visitor use, including Idaho RV Park and Campground Directory, Watchable Wildlife Viewing Guide, Windows to Wildilfe, EarthTracks, Idaho Birding Trail, Idaho Scenic Byways, "Visit Idaho" (Idaho Dept of Tourism & Commerce), and trails guides such as Ridge to Rivers.

Outdoor Recreation Events and Activities
Annual and seasonal events, such as Idaho Free Fishing Day, parks events, bird counts and bird watching, clinics and seminars, safety schools, school programs and summer activities.

Trails
Promoting safe and responsible trail use. IRTI is a member of the Idaho Intragency Trails Coordinating Committee
that focuses on non-motorized trail access, education, and information.

Stay tuned for more projects and information!

 

 

 

Grant Information

Be Outside Idaho is supported by IRTI partners. Its goal is to get youth outdoors. Many Idaho schools, nonprofit groups, and governmental organizations are already using innovative methods to foster an appreciation of the great outdoors and to educate our youth about the importance of the natural world. IRTI supports new efforts and enhances current ones, by offering the Be Outside Idaho small grants program for schools, governmental entities and nonprofit organizations that encourage outdoor activities and natural resource education for youth.

If you're a teacher, interpretive specialist, or program director for a nonprofit, we may be able to help. The application is simple. Tell us what you're planning to do and the resources you need to do it.

2018 Be Outside Idaho Grant Projects

Hailey Wood River Middle School Outdoor Program for students and families of diversity and low-income

Duck Valley Reservation American Conservation Experience outdoor program equipment

Lewiston Idaho State Juvenile Corrections trail-building efforts

Meridian Meridian Parks and Recreation Unplug and Be Outside week

Meridian Meridian Middle School Ambassadors training at YMCA Horsethief Reservoir camp    

Salmon Salmon Valley Stewardship pollinators pathway project 

Statewide Friends of Idaho State Parks naturalist for Writers at Harriman writing camp at Harriman State Park

How to Apply

Our timelines have been disrupted by the federal shutdown. Information on deadlines to come.

Click here for the application.

 

How Does IRTI Work?

The Idaho Recreation and Tourism Initiative (IRTI) is comprised of a diverse coalition of state and federal agencies and nonprofit organizations who work together to provide Idaho citizens and visitors with statewide recreation opportunities. IRTI was formed in 1988 under Governor Cecil Andrus, first coordinated by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR). 

Today, IRTI is governed by a Steering Committee that is comprised of one representative from each partner agency. Each partner signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that helps guides the overall goals and objectives of IRTI. The Steering Committee meets three to four times per year to explore opportunities to work together on collaborative recreation and tourism projects. The Steering Committee approves statewide work projects, charters working groups to implement the projects, and administers an annual budget that is funded by contributions from various partner agencies. An IRTI Coordinator provides staff support to the Steering Committee, funded jointly by the partner agencies, and hosted by IDPR.  

 

How Does IRTI Benefit Idaho?

IRTI projects reflect a wide and diverse range of efforts and engage an equally wide and diverse range of partners in statewide outdoor recreation and tourism. IRTI-supported projects, activities, and education enrich the lives of Idaho citizens and visitors, and help support Idaho's economy and quality of life.

 

Additional Information:

 

IRTI has a rich history that has roots well over 30 years old.

Visit this page later. We have some exciting history to share.