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 William Park BioBlitz!
Are you interested in learning about the plants and animals that can be found in Boise's parks? If so, please join us as we explore and document the diversity of life in Marianne Williams Park, on Saturday, April 20th. During the event, we will be conducting biological surveys of birds, plants, aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates and more. Each survey will be facilitated by a local expert and all equipment will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Those that are interested in participating can sign up here.
O’Farrell Cabin Open House
Boise Parks and Recreation and the Boise City Department of Arts and History are hosting an open house at the O’Farrell Cabin on Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to noon. There is no charge. Take a bare walls look at Boise’s first family home and learn what it was like to live in Boise during the 1800s. City staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. Enjoy this rare opportunity to explore inside the O’Farrell Family Cabin.
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 Kathryn Albertson Park on Saturday, May 25, 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. Photo credit: Daniel Gonzalez.
Parks, Monarchs & Milkweeds
On June 1 we will launch the fourth year of our citizen science project to monitor monarch activity in Boise’s parks. For more information on the program, please visit our Parks, Monarchs & Milkweeds web page. To join the citizen science effort, sign up here.
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 13, at 6:00 p.m. During which, you will learn about the monarch and it's habitat. Pre-registration is required. Sign up here.
Monarchs for Kids
Hey kids! Interested in learning more about the monarch butterfly? Then join us on an adventure to learn about this amazing insect. Through a series of lessons and hands on activities, kids will learn about the life cycle of the monarch butterfly, its habitat, and the great monarch migration. Monarchs for Kids is for kids grades K - 6, and is part of Boise Parks and Recreation's Parks, Monarchs & Milkweeds program. A program established in 2015, to help locally with the steep decline in population the species has experienced since the mid-1990's. Pre-registration is required. Sign up here.
Field 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).