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.

Marianne Williams Park Tour; October 4, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. 
Marianne Williams Park TourOnce the home of Barber Mill, a large scale lumber operation, Marianne Williams Park is one of 10 riverfront parks that Boiseans affectionately refer to as their Ribbon of Jewels.

On October 4, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., we are hosting a tour of this wonderful park. The tour will touch base on the history of the land, how the park came to be, the various features that now make up the park, and how the habitat that was created helps local wildlife.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. A minimum of 10 people will need to register in order for the tour to take place. Please only sign up if you are certain you will attend. People who register and don't show, take away opportunity for others to participate.

Sign up here to particpate in the tour and learn more about this beautiful park. For more information, please contact Jerry Pugh (208-608-7617;

BioBlitz 2018!; October 13
Hyatt Hidden Lakes ReserveJoin us as we explore the vast biodiversity of Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve during our 2018 BioBlitz, Saturday, October 13. With habitats ranging from dry uplands to wetlands and open water, Hyatt is home to a wide range of species year-round.

Participants will work alongside local experts and environmental educators to document the plants, insects, birds and other organisms that call this unique park home. Through a combination of traditional paper data sheets and digital citizen science tools, you can help create a lasting record of the plants and animals that reside in Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve.

This is a great opportunity to reconnect with nature, meet new people and contribute to science. All activity will involve walking on unpaved trails and being in the great outdoors. If interested, sign up HERE!

Julia Davis Park Tree Tour; October 20, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Julia Davis TreesCome join us for a free tour of Julia Davis Park's trees! Containing more than 1,000 trees with about 80 species, and home to some of Boise’s oldest and largest trees, Julia Davis Park is a perfect place to learn about trees and the variety we enjoy.

The tour will highlight the wide range of tree species that can be found in Julia Davis Park, all decked out in their fall color. The tour will also introduce participants to what makes trees tick and the unique features of the trees that call Julia Davis Park home.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please only sign up if you are certain you will attend. People who register and don't show, take away opportunity for others to participate.

Those interested in attending, can sign up here! 

Fall Cemetery Tours; October 27
Morris Hill Cemetery tourOur annual fall tours of Pioneer and Morris Hill Cemeteries introduce visitors to some of the men, women and children who helped shape Boise’s history. As well as highlight some of the cemetery’s unique headstones and monuments, teach the history and meaning of symbols and customs, and impart an appreciation for those who have made Morris Hill and Pioneer Cemeteries their final resting place.

Taking place at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. respectively, the Pioneer and Morris Hill Cemetery tours take 90 minutes or less to complete. Tour tickets are $2/ticket and must be purchased in advance at the Parks and Recreation Administration Office (1104 Royal Blvd.) or by phone at (208) 608-7600. Tickets will not be available for purchase the day of the tour.

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.

The 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.

The Field Guide to Boise’s Birds is available online or hard copies can be purchased at the Parks and Recreation Administration Office at 1104 Royal Blvd. or by phone at (208) 608-7600 ($8.00 plus tax).

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