Boise Parks Community Education

The goal of the Boise Parks & Recreation community education program is to enhance enjoyment of our parks and open spaces by fostering awareness and understanding of the important role they play in our lives. We strive to nurture curiosity by presenting opportunities to explore the natural world within our urban and suburban settings. We invite you to visit this webpage often to view our current event listings, program highlights, self-guided activities and other educational opportunities.


MonarchExcursionParks, Monarchs & Milkweeds
We are set to launch the second year of our monarch conservation project, which engages our community in learning, monitoring, and protecting the monarch butterfly in Boise parks. For more information on on the program and how to get involved with our citizen science project, please visit our Parks, Monarchs & Milkweeds web page.

Monarch Excursion
For those interested in just learning more about the butterfly and the City of Boise's conservation efforts, we invite you to join a monarch excursion on June 22, at 6:00 p.m. During which, you will learn about the monarch and it's habitat, and visit monarch habitat that is being protected by the City. Sign up here.

Field Guide to Boise's BirdsField Guide to Boise's Birds
Birds can be found in just about every setting within the city, from urban microparks to the sprawling foothills that border our northeastern edge. They visit backyard feeders, perch in low shrubs and on tall structures, swim in our river, lakes, and ponds, nest in our trees and soar overhead. A variety of habitats in and around the city support and attract hundreds of species, and we invite you to explore some of the most common

"Field Guide to Boise's Birds" was developed with the beginning birder in mind, highlighting 99 species that are common to Boise parks, neighborhoods and open spaces. We worked with local experts - professionals and hobbyists - to create a guide that is not only functional and informative in the field, but a beautiful showcase of the stunning local images that were donated by area photographers for use in this publication.

Boise Parks & Recreation’s “Field Guide to Boise’s Birds” is available online and for purchase in print at the Boise Parks & Recreation Administration Office ($8.00 plus tax). 

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