Caring for Parks

On-going Programs - Pollinator Posse

Due to a range of factors, including habitat loss, pollinator populations across the globe have experienced drastic decline. Some species, such as the monarch butterfly, have declined 80 - 90% over the last few decades. Not good!

To help turn the tide, Boise Parks and Recreation is working hard to provide high quality, pollinator habitat by planting, monitoring and maintaining dedicated pollinator areas in Boise Parks. These areas can be fairly labor intensive to maintain, however, which is where you come in!

We are looking for some pollinator champions to help us care for these important areas. Volunteers will help plant new pollinator plants as needed, add mulch to planting beds, remove weeds, monitor for pollinator use, etc.  The locations for the first four sessions are listed below.  Subsequent locations will be posted a week or two in advance based on the need at each garden.  Specific details about each event will be sent via email a week in advance.

June 15 - Warm Springs Park

June 22 - Ann Morrison Park **Pollinator Week Garden Installation

June 25 - Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center Volunteer and Learn Pollinator Week Event

**Join Foothills Restoration Specialist Martha Brabec and Community Volunteer Specialist Kristin Gnojewski in this Vol-Learn-Teer experience in the Foothills Learning Center Pollinator and Sensory garden.  Learn about the pollinator plants, pollinators, and weeds that make themselves at home in the garden.  Participants will assist with garden maintenance as the learn about the species around them.  If possible, bring along a smart phone with the iNaturalist app to collect data about pollinator visitors.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

June 26 - Boise Urban Garden School Pollinator Week Event

The pollinator habitat at the Boise Urban Garden School is a crucial component of our urban garden environment, providing food and shelter to a number of pollinators, from native solitary bees to domesticated honeybees. We invite you to tour our garden from 11 AM to 1 PM on Saturday, June 26 as part of our BUGS Community Days. If you’re interested in volunteering in the garden, please attend a volunteer orientation at 10 AM that same day.  To volunteer please RSVP to 

June 29 - Bernadine Quinn Riverside Park

July 6 - Warm Springs Park 

July 13 - Ann Morrison Park

July 20 - Bernadine Quinn Riverside Park

Join us for this new and important program, to help us care for our local pollinators!  

Children need to be accompanied by an adult.

Volunteers must review the City of Boise Volunteer Handbook to participate.

Qualifications Required

  • Volunteer Handbook Review Must be Complete
  • Volunteer Waiver Must be Complete

Schedule Summary

The next 10 shifts (out of 12 total shifts) for this activity are as follows

Date Start Time End Time
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 9:00 AM 12:00 PM
Friday, June 25, 2021 1:00 PM 3:00 PM
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
Tuesday, August 03, 2021 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 9:00 AM 11:00 AM