Instructor Spotlight

Volunteer Instructor Spotlight - Rick Just 

Photo of Rick JustRick Just grew up on a ranch along the Blackfoot River, near Blackfoot, Idaho, where his great grandparents homesteaded in 1870. HIs great grandparents and both sets of their parents came to Idaho in 1863 under military escort. They had been on the losing side of the Morrisite War in Utah the year before. The Morrisites were an early offshoot of the Mormon Church that was broken up by the Mormon Militia, which is the subject of one of Rick’s classes.

He went to Firth High School, then Boise State University where he got a BA in English/communication and a Masters of Public Administration. He was with the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation for 29 years, and in retirement, is the president of the Friends of Idaho State Parks.  Rick also serves as the director of the week-long writing camp for high school students, Writers at Harriman.

He has spent much of his adult life studying Idaho history. He wrote and produced the official Idaho Centennial radio program, Idaho Snapshots. He enjoys sharing little-known—often quirky—stories about the state. He hopes students will come away with an appreciation of the natural resources we have today in Idaho, and for the history that went into the development of the state.

His website is  Rick’s books are available at Rediscovered Bookstore in Boise, and on Amazon.

His books are (adult fiction) Keeping Private Idaho, Anjel, (young adult fiction) Wizard Chase, Wizard Girl, Wizards' End, Ghost Writer, (non fiction) Idaho Snapshots; 100 Years, Idaho and it's Parks; Images of America, Idaho State Parks (due out next month).

This session he will be teaching IDAHO'S STATE PARKS, AN ACCIDENTAL TREASURE and a new class, THE MORRISITE WAR AND ITS EFFECT ON EARLY SETTLEMENT IN IDAHO.  You’ll have to sign up early for these, because they’re sure to fill up fast!