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.


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 our fall birding tour at Marianne Williams Park, on Saturday, October 14, with start times at 8:30 and 9:00 a.m.

Tours will last about an hour, and space is limited. If interested, sign up here. 

Morris Hill Cemetery tourHistoric Cemetery Tours
Join Boise Parks and Recreation and cemetery symbolism and customs expert David Habben, for our fourth annual historical cemetery tours of Morris Hill and Pioneer Cemeteries.

Tours highlight many of the people who helped shape Boise’s history, as well as numerous symbols and customs that are unique to final resting places.

Tours are being offered on October 28th, at 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., at Pioneer and Morris Hill Cemteries respectively. Tours are free and last approximately 90 minutes. Pre-registration is required.

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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 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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