Don't get lost in Idaho's vast wilderness areas. Here are FREE trail maps for outdoor recreation on ATV/UTVs & motorbikes.
Provided officially by the State of Idaho, pick a spot & make a plan HERE.
Order FREE maps & Idaho travel information by mail, or download from "Visit Idaho" HERE.
Originally developed for use by persons with limited income to represent themselves in civil court, interactive "fill in" Idaho legal forms are now available FREE to all. Forms include: divorce, eviction, name change, living will, small claims, identity theft, powers of attorney, collections & protection order petition.
These are available on the website of idaho Legal Aid Services.ILAS is located at 610 W. Hubbard Ave., Ste. 219, CdA. Ph- 208-667-9559.
Read "self-help" warning. Attorney services may be a wiser choice, especially in court cases.
Find out about the program, sponsored by KXLY & the many locations (businesses & schools) to drop off coats in North Idaho HERE.
Clean coats will be distributed to those in need at St. Vincent de Paul Warehouse, 1412 N. 1st St., CdA, on these dates: Oct 28-Nov 8 on M-F from 9 am-3:30 pm & Nov 2, 9 & 16 (Saturdays) from 11 am-1 pm.
winter COATS - 2019
Experience the grandeur of Idaho wilderness areas! For outdoor recreation - ATVs/UTVs & motorbikes - trail maps from the State of Idaho can be found HERE.
For more Idaho adventures, order an official highway map of Idaho & other guides (to be mailed) HERE,or download them from "Visit Idaho".
idaho trail maps & vacations
Each year, "back-to-school" supplies, including food items, are provided FREE of charge by various organizations in North idaho:
TCC's 7th annual "School Rocks Backpack Giveway" was July 21, 2019. Backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed FREE on a first-come, first served basis.
backpacks, food & school supplies - 2019
Help keep children safe by picking up a FREE ChildPrint ID Kit at "Good Neighbor" pharmacies in CdA, Hayden, Post Falls (4Medicine Man Pharmacies) & Kellogg's Sunnyside Drug while supplies last.
In case of emergency (if a child is lost or abducted), parents can help police by immediately providing a complete record of the child's identification.
Check with your local police station also.
child identification kits
It's a fantastic, fun FREEbie for kids ages 2-18 - bowling all summer long at Sunset Bowling, 202 W. Sunset Ave., CdA.
The program, called "Kids Bowl Free", ran from May 1 to September 30, 2019. Various times were available.
For 2020, call Sunset at 208-667-2695.
bowling for kids - 2019
Gardeners can find FREE home-grown vegetable/flower/herb & heirloom seeds in the CdA Library.
Open to everyone in the North Idaho area, "True To Seed", a non-profit group, shares resources & provides tips for growing & saving seeds.
Library cards are not needed to "check out" seeds; however, library cards are FREE as well. Coeur d'Alene Library is a beautiful downtown facility which offers a multitude of FREE community activities.
vegetable & flower seeds - 2019
Roller coaster or carousel rides at no cost? Yes, on certain days of the year! Golfing, tunnels, or history studies? Yes, those too!
Receive FREE chewable multi-vitamins monthly for each child in your family, ages 2-12, from "Good Neighbor" pharmacies in CdA, Hayden, Post Falls (4 "Medicine Man" pharmacies) & Kellogg's "Sunnyside Drug".
To honor veterans &/or active military for Veterans' Day, 2019, complimentary meals, programs or services will be provided by these local businesses/organizations:
Sweet Lou's, CdA
Generations Dental, CdA
Woodland Family Dental, Post Falls
Human Rights Education Institute, CdA
LAM Christian Academy, CdA
Kroc Center, CdA (for members)
North Idaho College, CdA & Rathdrum (for students & employees)
City of Hayden
Spirit Lake Elementary School
Roy Racy VFW Post, Spirit Lake
Wallace HS Gymnasium
Kellogg HS Gymnasium
Silver Valley Veterans Memorial, Kellogg
Athol Chamber of Commerce
Post Falls Senior Center
local food & drinks - 2019
Christmas tree-cutting permits for the Idaho Panhandle Nat'l Forests are (almost) FREE - they cost $5, & are available at any ranger station, or the supervisor's office, 3815 Schreiber Way, CdA. 208-765-7223.
However, 4th graders can get a FREE tree permit through the "Every Kid in a Park" program. Complete an activity, print the voucher & take to any forest service office. Then head out to the trees - a great family activity!
Did you know students (& their families) receive FREE admittance to national parks with the "Every Kid in a Park" pass?
christmas trees - 2019
The City of Coeur d'Alene offers FREE compost for Spring planting. Take shovels & buckets because it's a self-loading event.
For 2019, residents lined up to load compost the weekend of April 20-21 at 3500 N. Julia St, CdA. Info - 208-769-2281.
compost - 2019
Several of our local ski resorts offer FREE skiing throughout the winter months.
Offers FREE skiing/riding lessons for ages 6-17. Check it out online or call 208-744-1301, ext. 19. For 78 seasons, "Lookout Pass Free Ski School" has introduced 75,000+ kids to the world of skiing & riding. See event calendar for more special dates -- teachers, military, EMT, police officers, firefighters & nurses. Birthday? Ski FREE!
Everyone should have a FREE library card, & getting one is easy! Gain a source for unlimited knowledge & opportunities.
Our community has 8 beautiful libraries - Coeur d'Alene, Hayden, Post Falls, Rathdrum, Athol, Spirit Lake, Pinehurst & Harrison. Although CdA Library is separate from the 7 community libraries which make up the Community Library Network, one card still connects all of them.
Don't miss out on the "smartest" of cards, a CIN card. Apply for one today.
Babies must sleep safely, & on the back is best, in a crib. "Halo Sleep Sacks" help eliminate the likelihood that a baby can get entangled with clothing or loose bedding.
Developed by a father who lost his baby, Haley, to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), participants who attend a FREE class, "Safe Sleep 101" will receive a FREE sleep sack.
Classes are held monthly on the 3rd Thursday at two separate times, 10 am & 5:30 pm. Mothers, fathers, grandparents, caregivers or medical professionals are welcome to attend. Registration is easy online, or call 208-557-4371.
Two cities provide FREE trees for residents - Coeur d'Alene & Post Falls - for Spring, 2019 planting.
City of Coeur d'Alene offers street trees through its "Re-Leaf Program". Trees are planted at no cost to the homeowner to beautify neighborhoods. Residents or homeowners must be willing to provide care, including watering & protection from mowers/trimmers.
To sign up for a tree, contact the UrbanForestry Division of CdA Parks Department or call 208-769-2266. Trees are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Post Falls had an "Annual Tree Giveaway" April 13, 2019 at Q'emiln Park. (Limited to 3 trees/shrubs per household.)
spring tree planting - 2019
Children ages 5-12 learn how to choose healthy foods by joining Power of Produce Club "PoP Club" (FREE of charge), which entitles them to receive tokens worth $2 to buy fresh fruit, vegetables or a plant at Kootenai County Farmers Market booths each week in Hayden.
Tokens can also be saved for purchase of a larger item, such as a fruit tree.
Children love PoP Club interactive booths which feature age-appropriate cooking & gardening activities.
The program runs June - August.
vegetables & fruit - 2019
For special patriotic occasions, area businesses provide FREE American flags to the public.
In 2019, these organizations provided flags. For more flag announcements, check back.