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Coeur d'Alene area FREEbies are special!

Ongoing & Special One-Time Offers

AVAILABILITY MAY BE ONGOING, SEASONAL, OR FOR SPECIAL DAYS ONLY 

Find something fantastic - then let others know about it! 

Compost

The CITY OF COEUR D'ALENE offers compost FREE of charge for Spring planting. Take shovels & buckets because it's a self-loading event (no heavy equipment is allowed). 

For this annual event, residents line up to load compost in April at 3500 N. Julia St., CdA. Info - 208-769-2281. Make your garden happy!

Dates for 2022 loading were April 23-24.

Family Vitamins

This community-focused "GOOD NEIGHBOR PHARMACY" FREE VITAMIN PROGRAM provides FREE vitamins each month to family members!

 

For everyone who visits a participating store (from children to seniors), a 30-day supply of children's chewable multi-vitamins, pre-natal vitamins, Century adult formula multivitamin tablets & mature formula multivitamins are offered.

To find a nearby location (Athol, CdA, Post Falls, Hayden, St. Maries & Bonners Ferry) for this "Good Neighbor Pharmacy Free Vitamin Program" Program", click HERE. Make good health & wellness a priority.

Infant Sleep Sacks

Babies must sleep safely - on their backs & in a crib, bassinette, or pack n' play. Halo Sleep Sacks help eliminate the possibility 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 complimentary sleep sack.

"SAFE START" classes are held at various times. Mothers, fathers, grandparents, caregivers or medical professionals are welcome to attend.

 

Registration is easy online HERE, or call 206-582-6191. Safe Start is located at 212 S. 11th St., CdA.

Legal Forms

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 online.

 

Forms include: divorce, custody, eviction, name change, living will, small claims, identity theft, powers of attorney, collections,  guardianship/conservatorship, 

civil protection order & fee waiver.

These are available on the website of Idaho Legal Aid Services. ILAS is located at 610 W. Hubbard Ave., Ste 219, CdA. Ph - 208-746-7541.

 

Read the "self-help" warning which states "the materials & assistance you receive from the forms are not a substitute for specific legal advice." 

Flower & Veggie Seeds

Gardeners can find FREE home-grown vegetable, flower, herb & heirloom seeds in the CdA Library, 702 E. Front Avenue.

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.

The "Annual Seed Swap" event begins the growing season. Take seeds to exchange - home-saved or purchased, or a small $ donation. Learn from experts how to be a successful North Idaho gardener & which varieties are appropriate for our area.

"Ski Idaho Passport"

For 5th & 6th graders, "Peak Season Passport" offers FREE skiing at 18 Idaho ski resorts for an $18 processing fee.

Sponsored by SKI IDAHO, 5th graders are eligible for (3) full-day lift tickets at each of the 18 participating resorts; & 6th grade passport holders receive (2) full-day lift tickets at each of 17 resorts.

Participating local resorts are: Silver Mountain, Lookout Pass & Schweitzer Mountain.

Others are:  Bald Mountain (Pierce, ID), Bogus Basin, Brundage Mountain, Cottonwood Butte, Grand Targhee, Kelly Canyon, Little Ski Hill, Lost Trail, Magic Mountain, Pebble Creek, Pomerelle, Snowhaven, Soldier Mountain, Sun Valley & Tamarack.​​​

Now you're set!

Local Food & Drinks

FREE community meals are always popular & offer a chance to socialize with friends, or meet new ones. View a roundup of weekly meal sites at FREE COMMUNITY MEALS.

For those struggling to feed themselves or their families, FOOD DISTRIBUTION EVENTS & FOOD BANKS are essential. 

On special occasions such as Veterans Day, Thanksgiving & Christmas, HOLIDAY MEALS are complimentary & always appreciated. It's a blessing for those served & for volunteers.

Don't miss "TOP PICKS" for the list of local franchise eateries offering meals or deals for special occasions such as birthdays, or for veterans.

Library Cards

Everyone should have a FREE library card, & getting one is easy! Gain a source for unlimited knowledge & opportunities.

Our area has (8) beautiful libraries - CdA, Hayden, Post Falls, Rathdrum, Athol, Spirit Lake, Pinehurst & Harrison. Although COEUR D'ALENE LIBRARY is separate from the (7) community libraries which make up the COMMUNITY LIBRARY NETWORK, one CIN card is accepted by all of them.

 

Additional libraries associated with CIN (Cooperative Information Network) are: Blanchard, Clarkia, Kellogg, Mullan, Osburn, Plummer, Priest Lake, Priest River, Silver Hills (Osburn), St. Maries, Tensed, Tri-Community (Fernwood) & Wallace. For addresses/contact info, click HERE.

Don't miss out on the "smartest" of cards, the CIN CARD. Apply for one online or in-person. 

Ski Lift Tickets

Several of our local ski resorts offer FREE skiing throughout the winter months.

 

SILVER MOUNTAIN RESORT

610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg

208-783-1111

See website's event calendar for special dates: "Toyota Free Ski Friday" & more. Octogenarian (80+ years old)? Ski FREE!

 

LOOKOUT PASS

I-90 Exit 0, Mullan

208-744-1234

See event calendar for special dates for teachers, military, EMT/medical workers, police officers, firefighters, nurses & Subaru owners. Birthday? Ski FREE! Octogenarians ski FREE too!

For over 80 seasons, "Lookout Pass FREE Ski School" has introduced 78,000+ kids ages 6-17 to the world of skiing & riding. Each year the registration deadline is in January for the FREE program which runs into March. See details HERE.

SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN

10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd., Sandpoint

208-263-9555

See website for FREE days - Nordic trail access, Toyota drivers & more. Octogenarians receive FREE day passes at the ticket window.

Idaho Maps

Experience the grandeur of Idaho wilderness areas! For outdoor recreation - ATVs/UTVs, motorbikes & snowmobiles - get FREE TRAIL MAPS from the State of Idaho.

For more Idaho adventures, order an OFFICIAL HIGHWAY MAP of Idaho & other FREE guides (to be mailed), or download them from "Visit Idaho".

Camping? Download the FREE RV IDAHO: OFFICIAL CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY.

Winter Coats

COATS 4 KIDS kicks off the collection & distribution of FREE coats (new & freshly dry-cleaned) for children in September each year, with distribution of clean coats in October at various North Idaho locations.

 

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS also gives away new coats FREE of charge in November at (3) area Catholic churches - St. Pius, St. George's & St. Thomas. To keep children completely warm, stocking hats, gloves/mittens, socks & scarfs are provided too.

Little Free Libraries

LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES are hand-built & decorated book-sharing boxes found in residential neighborhoods, where anyone may take a book (FREE of charge), or trade a book. 

They operate on the "honor system", calling on community members to keep books tidy, restocked & safe from vandalism.

Note: if you take a book, you do not have to return it.

Little Free Libraries can be found in these areas: CdA, Post Falls/Huetter, Rathdrum/Twin Lakes, Spirit Lake, Bayview, Hayden/Dalton Gardens, Cocolalla, Careywood, Priest River, Sandpoint, Osburn & Worley.

Want to start your own? Here's how to do it. You can even get decorating ideas & blueprints! Click HERE.

Replacement Trees

AVISTA offers two programs to replace trees: "FREE Cycle Buster Tree Replacement" & "FREE Cooling Shade Tree" (aka Community Canopy).

Trees may need to be cut or trimmed if they are too fast-growing to maintain, & are located beneath a distribution power line. In this case, a FREE replacement tree may be possible. Call Avista at 800-227-9187 to ask about the program, or read about it HERE.

Homeowners who are Avista electric customers & have appropriate space for a large-growing deciduous tree, may qualify for a FREE shade tree through a partnership with the NATIONAL ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION.  Ask about the "Community Canopy" program.

Child ID Kits

Help keep children safe by picking up a FREE "CHILDPRINT ID KIT" at Good Neighbor Pharmacies, located in CdA, Hayden, Post Falls, Rathdrum & Athol. 

Each 8-panel kit contains: a fingerprinting ink strip, freezer-safe bag for a DNA hair sample or cheek swabs, space for a photo & personal contact/medical information, ​a 10-finger chart & more.​

Child ID Kits can also be downloaded FREE of charge from READY.GOV or order one by mail from McGRUFF SAFE KITS.

Christmas Trees

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.

Ranger districts are located in CdA, Fernan, Smelterville, Bonners Ferry, Priest River, Sandpoint, St. Maries & Avery. See maps & more info HERE.

However, 4th graders can get a FREE TREE PERMIT through the "Every Kid Outdoors" program. Complete an activity, print the voucher, & take to any forest service office. Then head out to the trees - a great family activity & photo opportunity!

Did you know 4th grade students (& their families) receive FREE ADMITTANCE TO NATIONAL PARKS with the "Every Kid Ourdoors" pass? 

Back-to-School

Many schools have "clothes closets" for children in need.

CUP OF GRACE is a Spirit Lake-based organization which helps stock & maintain such closets for these elementary schools:

Spirit Lake, Athol, John Brown (Rathdrum) & Betty Kiefer (Rathdrum), as well as Timberlake Jr. High & HS (Spirit Lake) & Mountain View HS (Rathdrum). 

 

Community organizations & businesses host back-to-school distribution events for clothing, coats, backpacks & school supplies.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH provides clothing, shoes, boots, gloves, hats & backpacks in August. Location is 521 E. Lakeside Ave., CdA.

208-667-8446

"SCHOOL ROCKS BACKPACK GIVEAWAYis a program sponsored by Verizon Wireless TCC stores in CdA, 430 W. Hanley Ave.; & Post Falls, 3760 E. Seltice Way. Backpacks filled with school supplies are given to children of the community on a first-come, first served basis on a specific date & time, usually in July.

Halloween

October bursts with FREE Fall Festivals & Halloween events! See details on our HOLIDAY page.

To stay up-to-date on happenings, & to discover more FREE items, events, services, support groups & ways to volunteer in our community, please join our "Coeur d'Alene Insider" FACEBOOK GROUP.

Firewood

FIREWOOD CUTTING - how to get FREE personal-use permits, where to cut (or not), how much to take, best types of wood, forest maps, safety tips & more - is available from our Idaho Panhandle Nat'l Forest Service offices.

Read & learn HERE or stop by an area office (CdA, Fernan, Smelterville, St. Maries, Avery, Sandpoint, Priest River or Bonners Ferry).

"PoP Club"

Children ages 5-12 learn how to choose healthy foods by joining POWER OF PRODUCE "PoP CLUB" which entitles them to receive tokens worth $2 to buy fresh fruit, veggies or a plant at KOOTENAI COUNTY FARMERS' MARKET booths each week in Hayden (SE corner of Hwy 95 & Prairie Avenue). 

Tokens can also be saved for purchase of a larger item, such as a fruit tree.

Children love PoP Club interactive booths at the market which feature age-appropriate cooking & gardening activities.

The program runs June-August.

Local Attractions

Roller coaster or carousel rides at no cost? Yes, on certain days of the year, they are! Golfing, tunnels, or museums? Yes, those too!

SILVERWOOD THEME PARK

27843 Hwy 95, Athol

208-683-3400

Don't miss FREE admission on these special weekends: Mother's Day, Kids, Healthcare Appreciation, American Heroes, Father's Day, Toyota Tuesdays, Grandparents', & Community Appreciation. 

COEUR D'ALENE CAROUSEL

439 W. Fort Grounds Dr., CdA

208-666-4879

Open May thru September, plan on FREE rides in July for "National Carousel Day" Otherwise, rides cost $2.50 (a bargain) or 10 for $20.

 

The carousel is a hand-carved 1922 Spillman Junior, built in New York. It was part of CdA's Playland Pier on the shores of Lake CdA from 1942-1974. It was gone for 40 years, but returned in 2017 thanks to generous supporters. Read about its history HERE.

MUSEUM OF NORTH IDAHO

115 Northwest Blvd., CdA

208-664-3448

Open April through October, be sure to ask for a one-hour FREE parking voucher from the front desk. FREE admission is offered seasonally in conjunction with "ArtWalk", a popular downtown event on the 2nd Friday of each month, 5-8 pm. 

Otherwise, admission costs are: FREE for ages 4 & under; $2 for youth, ages 5-12; $5 for seniors, age 65+; & $6 for adults, ages 13-64. Discounts are offered for active military & veterans.

ROUTE OF THE HIAWATHA (TRAIL)

I-90 Exit 0, Mullan

208-744-1301

There are special FREE deals throughout the season. The 150-mile bike route features 10 train tunnels, 7 sky-high trestles & breathtaking views.

Tree Seedlings

"Arbor Day", observed the last Friday in April, marks the time for seedling giveaways in North Idaho.

In 2022, trees or seedlings were given away by the City of CdA, North Idaho College, & at local libraries

IDAHO FOREST PRODUCTS COMMISSION makes tree giveaways possible & offers additional resources regarding our renewable, sustainable & miraculous forests.

Spring Tree Planting

Two cities provide FREE trees for residents of Coeur d'Alene & Post Falls each Spring.

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 reserve a tree, contact the Urban Forestry Division of CdA Parks Department HERE, or call 208-769-2266. Trees are provided on a first-come, first served basis.

 

CITY OF POST FALLS hosts an "Annual Tree Giveaway" each Spring. (Limited to 3 trees/shrubs per household.) More info HERE or call 208-457-3315. **Note - the 2022 giveaway was canceled.

American Flags

For special patriotic occasions, these area businesses (below) provided FREE American flags to the public in exchange for old worn-out ones due for proper "retirement". For current new flag distributions, check back.

National Flag Week - June, 2022:

LEGENDS PARK ASSISTED LIVING COMMUNITY

JAN JESBERGER INSURANCE