Boise Parks Community Education

It is the goal of the Boise Parks & Recreation community education program 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.


Wood Duck PhotoBirds 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. Tours will last about an hour, and space is limited.

If interested, you can sign up here.

MonarchExcursionParks, Monarchs & Milkweeds
We are set to launch the second year of our monarch conservation project, which engages our community in learning, monitoring, protecting, and enhancing monarch habitat 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 simply learning more about the butterfly and what the City of Boise is doing to help with the monarch's plight, we invite you to join a monarch excursion on June 15, at 6:00 p.m. During which, you will learn the ins and outs of the monarch butterfly, it's habitat, and visit areas that the City is protecting and monitoring for breeding monarchs.

To join the excursion, please 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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