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Andrus Center Events

Past Conference Posters
Women and Leadership, Western Invasive Weed Summit, Early Learning in Idaho, Young Women and Leadership

The responsibility of citizenship is not merely to participate, but to participate based on knowledge and information that form the basis for intelligent decisions.  To that end, the Center organizes events that highlight independent, non-partisan engagement on issues surrounding public lands and the environment, education, and leadership.


Annual Events

Our Annual Environmental Conference is dedicated to those issues affecting the American West – Preservation and use of our Public Lands, our natural and changing ecosystems, and the waterways that make up the great state of Idaho.

Women and Leadership Conference is dedicated to promoting women’s interests, causes, and rights. Our inaugural conference was headlined by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Speakers annually include some of America’s most distinguished women from the fields of business, finance, journalism, entertainment, law, academe, arts, and letters.

Young Women and Leadership Conference brings 9th-12th-grade students together for one full school day to listen to keynote addresses, network with leaders in the community, and participate in skill-building sessions. Past attendees would frequently comment that they wished they had something like our original Women and Leadership Conference for their daughter or son. We want you to know we heard you, and hope to instill leadership skills and the desire to be the tops in their future fields.

Past Events

The Andrus Award for Leadership is presented to an outstanding public leader who has demonstrated the types of qualities – integrity, courage, bipartisanship and common sense – that defined the distinguished career of Cecil Andrus. Past recipients include Senator Alan Simpson in 2012 and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in 2013.

Politics for Lunch was a lunch and learn series conducted during the legislative sessions in 2014, 2015, and 2016. The series covered topical news events being considered by local and state government. Audio of past lectures can be found on our Youtube Page & in podcast format here.

Early Learning in Idaho: Finding Common Ground was a joint venture with the McClure Center of the University of Idaho, business leaders and early learning specialists. This nonpartisan dialogue on learning opportunities for Idaho’s young children brought politicians, educators, and family advocates together to identify an Idaho approach to increase the share of children who enter Kindergarten prepared for success in school and later life.

The Andrus Lecture is an annual forum for thoughtful and timely consideration of public affairs. National Book Award winner and New York Times journalist, Tim Egan, presented the first address in 2012. Louis Fisher, a renowned constitutional scholar, delivered the 2013 annual lecture, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis was with us in 2016, and Steven Barnett, Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University presented the most recent Andrus Lecture in 2017.

Beyond the White Clouds: Behind the Scenes was a one-night free event, Idaho Public Television, and Outdoor Idaho documented this incredible 50-year journey in a cinematic-worthy one hour feature that premiered in December of 2016.  Idaho Public Television and Boise State’s School of Public Service presented a very special evening with Outdoor Idaho host Bruce Reichert and panelists Governor Andrus, Congressman Mike Simpson, Reporter Rocky Barker, and Executive Director of the Idaho Conservation League Rick Johnson.