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.
Conservation in the City
We are hosting a very cool event this spring, that is sure to appeal to all you nature nuts out there. Conservation in the City will feature some of the great work the City of Boise and its partners are doing in the world of conservation and sustainability. A variety of organizations will be available to talk attendees about everything from birding and foothills restoration projects to recycling and organic gardening. It will be a great opportunity to get out and network, learn something new, and enjoy a great day in Kathryn Albertson Park.
To find out more about the event and the organizations involved, please visit our Conservation in the City web page.
Birds for All Seasons
We are proud to partner with the Golden Eagle Audubon Society on a series of free birding tours, being offered in Boise parks. Knowledgeable bird enthusiasts from Golden Eagle will introduce participants to the joys of birding and guide tours highlighting the myriad of birds that can be found in and around Boise, during different seasons of the year.
Please join us for a spring birding tour of Marianne Williams Park on Saturday, May 20, with start times at 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. The tour location may be relocated, depending on river conditions. Tours will last about an hour, and space is limited. If interested, sign up here.
Parks, 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.
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 15, at 6:00 p.m. (SOLD OUT) or 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.
Carved in Stone
Spend an evening with local cemetery historian David Habben, and learn how to interpret signs and symbols found on grave markers and monuments, as well as learn about the history of cemeteries. The class is free, space is limited, and pre-registration is required. You can learn more and register for the class here.
Morris Hill Cemetery Historic Tour
Join us for a guided tour of Morris Hill Cemetery and explore the rich history of one of the City's oldest burial grounds. The tour highlights unique sections of the cemetery and tells the personal stories of some of the men, women and children who have made it their final resting place. Pre-registration is required. Learn more and register for the tour here.
Field 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).