Boise Parks Community Education

The goal of the Boise Parks and 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.


Morris Hill Cemetery tourCemetery Tours
For over 130 and 150 years respectively, Morris Hill and Pioneer Cemeteries has served as the final resting place for some of Boise's (Idaho's) earliest and most prominent citizens. All of which have played a role in shaping Boise's history, with the cumulative result being the city we now enjoy.

There's no better way to learn of the rich history of Boise than joining us for a guided tour of these two historic burial grounds. Tours not only highlight the cemeteries' residents, but the numerous symbols and customs that are unique to final resting places.

Our next tour is scheduled for March 24, 2018, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m., at Morris Hill Cemetery. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Please only sign up if you are confident you will attend. No shows prevent others who would like to attend from doing so. Sign up here!

Tours are also available by request. Accommodation for tours are based on staff availability. Requesting groups must be comprised of a minimum of 10 people. Interested in scheduling a tour? Contact Jerry Pugh at (208) 608-7617,

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 Kathryn Albertson Park on Saturday, May 19, with start times at 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. Tours will last about an hour, and space is limited. If interested, sign up here.

MonarchExcursionMonarch Excursion
The monarch butterfly has gained national attention in recent years, due to a substantial decline in its population. Since the mid-1990’s, over 80% of the monarch population has disappeared over the past two decades, due to a variety of factors including habitat loss and pesticide use.

For the past three years, Boise Parks and Recreation has been working with partner agencies and concerned citizens to monitor monarch activity in the city of Boise, as well as protect and enhance monarch habitat in the City of Boise.

For those interested in learning about the butterfly and the city of Boise's conservation efforts, we invite you to join a monarch excursion on June 14, 2018, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Please only sign up if you are confident you will attend. No shows prevent others who would like to attend from doing so. Sign up here!

Field Guide to Boise's BirdsField Guide to Boise's Birds
Birds can be found in just about every setting in Boise, 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 and Recreation’s “Field Guide to Boise’s Birds” is available online and for purchase in print at the Boise Parks and Recreation Administration Office ($8.00 plus tax).

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