Celebrate the beauty and personality of the Magic Valley through its geologic features. Created by extinct volcanoes, lava flows, and massive post-Ice Age flooding, learn how Southern Idaho’s unique geology shaped the landscape and provided the necessary elements for a successful agriculture industry.
From Desert to Oasis: Past, Present, and Future of Irrigation in Southern Idaho
Learn how taming the Snake River put the “Magic” in the Magic Valley. Follow the path of water from the Snake River through a sophisticated system of canals that provide irrigation for hundreds of thousands of acres. Our tour will also look at the technology and innovation used in the irrigation industry to maximize crop production and preserve and protect our water resources – the lifeblood of our community.
Fish Production in the Desert? Idaho’s Aquaculture Industry
Despite appearing to be an unlikely place to raise fish, Idaho’s Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer is a perfect source of pristine spring water that does not need to be filtered or altered to raise rainbow trout. In fact, Idaho is the top trout producer in the U.S., accounting for about 70 % of all domestic trout production. Join us at the CSI Fish Hatchery and continue to the largest trout farm in the U.S. to learn about this unique and fascinating industry.
Famous Idaho Potatoes ClosedNo trip to Idaho would be complete without talking about ‘taters. Learn about Idaho’s potato industry (1st in the nation) from production in the field through storage to processing as we explore the big business of potatoes. McCain Foods is the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen French fries and potato specialties. https://www.mccain.com/
Dairy Innovation Tour
Over the past quarter-century Idaho has quickly risen through the ranks to become the 3rd largest milk and cheese producer in the United States. Learn about some of the innovations taking place in the industry to improve sustainability and environmental responsibility as well as marketing and development of new dairy-derived products.
Chobani and Clif Bar Tour Closed
The Magic Valley has been called “America’s Most Diverse Food Basket.” Food Processing is at the heart of that designation with some of the largest food processing facilities in the world being in a small geographical area. Come join us for a tour of two of the newest and highest profile processors in Southern Idaho: Chobani and Clif Bar. *Participation in this tour requires proper footwear and participants must sign a non-disclosure form.
An unlikely setting for the most interesting tour! Spend the afternoon discovering the Mammoth Cave and Bird Museum. The Cave is a large lava tube over 1/4 mile long. During the Cold War it was designated as a Civil Defense Shelter. Self-guided tours of the cave are available. The museum features hundreds of birds, reptiles, fish, insects and mammals of the world mounted to display their colors for close up educational study. It also features large fossil collection, a large pioneer artifact collection, an old mining in Idaho display, everything from ore cars to blasting machines, pioneering farming in Idaho, stone age artifacts from around the world, an African display and ancient artifacts from South America and China, many other items pertain to history and nature.