Escape to Sun Valley

Escape to Sun Valley with the National Wildlife Federation

Sunday, July 26, 2020 - Wednesday, July 29, 2020

mountain landscape in Ketchum, Idaho

Experience the majesty and wonder of Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains with President & CEO Collin O’Mara and wildlife experts from the National Wildlife Federation. Enjoy world-class trout fishing with pro guides—whether you’re an expert angler or novice. Explore the flora and fauna with local biologists and learn about the National Wildlife Federation’s innovative, market-based strategies to solve land-use conflicts. Sample the best cuisine the Pacific Northwest has to offer on this exceptional trip.


*The exact 2020 itinerary is still being developed. Note some details subject to change.

Sunday, July 26: Arrivals and Welcome Reception

Take some time to settle into your accommodations at the Knob Hill Inn. If arriving early, you may relax at the hotel pool, grab a workout at the YMCA, or stroll around downtown Ketchum.

Enjoy welcome cocktails and dinner at the home of a National Wildlife Federation supporter. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your fishing guides and socialize with trip guests. 

couple fishing in a boat in Sun ValleyMonday, July 27: Fishing

Breakfast at Knob Hill Inn is followed by a full day of fishing with your Silver Creek Outfitters guides. Sun Valley is surrounded by many of the finest, most breathtaking and most productive trout streams in the world and Silver Creek Outfitters puts the majesty of these waters at your fingertips. This adventure includes one guide per two anglers and all flies and equipment. Guests are also welcome to bring their own fishing gear, if preferred. Whether this is your first time fishing or you are an avid angler, Silver Creek is staffed with a guide to best suit your needs. A boxed lunch from Perry’s, a Ketchum fixture for 25 years, will be provided while on the water.

Tuesday, July 28: Fishing and Floating

Enjoy breakfast at Knob Hill Inn. The full group will float the Salmon River with Silver Creek Outfitters guides. Guests will have the option to float the river enjoying wildlife viewing or fishing depending on personal preference. Lunch will be provided by Perry’s while on the water.

Following a day on the river, and before heading down the mountain back to town, drinks and dinner will be hosted by the National Wildlife Federation in Stanley, Idaho. Dress is casual.

couple hikingWednesday, July 29: Optional Hike and Departures

Before heading home, enjoy a lazy morning at the Knob Hill Inn. Check-out time is 11am.


Optional Morning Hiking – Join biologist Becca Aceto of the Idaho Wildlife Federation to learn about the flora and fauna of the Sawtooth Valley and the National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Conflict Resolution program. Please let Sharon know ASAP if you would like to attend.

Afternoon Programming at the Ketchum Library – For anyone living in Sun Valley, or extending your trip, bring your family out to visit with the National Wildlife Federation at the Community Library in Ketchum! This event is free and open to the public.

3:30pm | Story Time with Ranger Rick
Bring the whole family for a chance to meet the National Wildlife Federation’s famous raccoon — Ranger Rick — and learn all about Idaho’s amazing critters! We’ll read children’s wildlife books, color salmon hats, and take photos with Ranger Rick himself. Free copies of Ranger Rick® magazine will also be given to all attendees.

6:00pm | Resolving Wildlife Conflicts in the Sawtooth Valley with Kit Fischer
Kit Fischer, Senior Program Manager for the National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Conflict Resolution Program, will share stories of his work with ranchers and the public to reduce wildlife and livestock conflict through a voluntary, market-based approach right here in the Sawtooth Valley. By partnering with local ranchers to retire grazing allotments, the National Wildlife Federation is helping ensure a win-win situation for land owners and wildlife, alike!


Traveling guests stay at the Knob Hill Inn on North Main Street in Ketchum, ID.  Within walking distance to downtown Ketchum and close to all the amenities Sun Valley Resort has to offer, Knob Hill Inn is located in a peaceful setting with views of world‐famous Bald Mountain and the majestic Sawtooth and Boulder Mountain ranges. The National Wildlife Federation will reserve rooms for non-local guests.


Pricing ranges from $2,199 for local individuals to $5,499 for non-local couples. Pricing includes accommodations, ground transfers, guided fishing, and hosted meals with proceeds benefiting the National Wildlife Federation’s conservation work. For more information about pricing and the trip, please contact Patton Fiske (, 703-438-6041).



Contact Patton Fiske at or 703-438-6041 to reserve your space on the trip or to discuss any further questions you may have.

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