Nature Guide - About This Guide

Gonzalez.Julia Davis Park 2The Nature Guide for Boise Parks is offered through Boise Parks & Recreation's Community Education program, which is dedicated to providing citizens the opportunity to learn about our unique local environment and ways to live sustainably within it.

Most of the included photographs were taken at parks, reserves, or other facilities managed by the Boise Parks and Recreation Department. Thank you to these Boise photographers for donating their time and pictures:

  • Daniel Gonzalez - Along with being a photographer, Daniel volunteers for the Greenbelt Patrol and serves as a Park Ambassador for Kathryn Albertson Park.
  • Bob Ellis- A master naturalist and avid traveler, Bob’s photography documents the locations and wildlife that he encounters. A retired Boise State chemistry professor, he has contributed photographs to the Foothills Learning Center projects, including an upcoming natural history book for young people.
  • Bill Grange - For over 50 years, Bill has taken photographs throughout Idaho. He has donated hundreds of photographs to the City of Boise, including the Parks & Recreation Department and the Boise WaterShed.

Also, thank you to these scientists for providing their expertise and content direction:

  • David S. Pilliod, Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Victoria Runnoe, Conservation Education Supervisor, Idaho Department of Fish and Game
  • Ross Winton, Regional Wildlife Biologist, Idaho Department of Fish and Game
  • Writers and editors of Idaho Fish and Game’s Wildlife Express newspaper.

Click here to see all types of wildlife found in Boise's parks.
If you have any questions or suggestions about the Nature Guide, please email