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Boise Fire Department

Ongoing Programs

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Boise Police Department

Boise Police Department

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Boise Public Library

Main Library

Volunteer activities that take place at the Main Library.
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Boise Senior Center

Boise Senior Center

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Boise WaterShed Environmental Education Center

Behind-the-Scenes Projects and Support

Individuals are invited to help with lesson preparation and basic behind the scenes tasks in an effort to help us prepare for school groups, events and programming. Gather supplies for lessons, organize or re-shelf library books, prepare craft supplies, etc.

Monday thru Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   

Education Steward

Assist center staff in the classroom with large school or daycare groups. No teaching experience necessary. 

Help manage large groups, leading pre-determined activities and assisting the educator with various tasks tasks during a lesson. 

Monday thru Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. depending on the reservation schedule. 

Landscaping and Facility Project Support

Groups or individuals are invited to help the Boise WaterShed with projects to beautify, maintain, or improve our outdoor River Campus, classrooms, interactive trail or other area that may need some work.

Opportunities will begin again this Spring weather permitting.

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Caring for Parks

Citizen Science

City Nature Challenge

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by joining Boise Parks and Recreation, the Golden Eagle Audubon Society, and Idaho Fish and Game in Boise’s first City Nature Challenge.

The City Nature Challenge will take place on April 24 - 27, 2020, and will engage thousands of volunteers in communities across the globe to document plants and wildlife in their communities. In Boise, volunteers have the option of working with us to coordinate data collection events for themselves or their team anytime during the four day event, or join us on one of our data collection excursions taking place on April 25. Either way, training on data collection will be provided.

Below is a list of locations where we will be collecting data on April 25, 2020. More locations may be added depending on participation. If you would like to schedule a day/time to collect data during the four day event that is outside the time and locations being offered, please sign up using the "Schedule a Observation" link. We would be happy to work with you to find an opportunity that works for you. 

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

On-going Programs

For those of you that are looking for more of a commitment, we offer a range of opportunities that are either seasonally based or are year-long.

Service Projects

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Community Centers

Fort Boise Community Center

Fort Boise Community Center is located at 700 Robbins Rd., Boise, ID 83702. Hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Fridays, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Grace Jordan Community Center

Grace Jordan Community Center is located at 6411 W. Fairfield Avenue, Boise, ID 83709. Hours of operation are 3:00 - 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Morley Nelson Community Center

Morley Nelson Community Center is located at 7701 W. Northview St., Boise, ID 83704. Hours of operation are 3:00 - 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Satellite After School Centers

After school centers are located at Hawthorne, William Howard Taft, Jefferson and Garfield Elementary Schools.

Whitney Community Center

Whitney Community Center is located at 1609 S. Owyhee St, Boise ID 83705. Hours of operation are 3:00 - 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Youth Sports Programs

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Office of the City Clerk

Boise City Hall

Volunteer positions which are at (or based at) Boise City Hall, 150 N Capitol Boulevard.

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Open Space Division

Boise Urban Garden School

The Boise Urban Garden School (BUGS) is a specialized, inquiry-based education organization. We strive to provide students with unique learning experiences by utilizing an organic garden setting. Since our founding, we have been dedicated to providing students with knowledge through “real life” experiences, and each year we are able to serve approximately 6,500 local youth and families through a variety of educational programs. We know that a student who is able to dig in the soil, plant a seed, and watch it grow will be excited to eat the fruits of their labor, and will better understand the science behind a sprouting seed or the process of photosynthesis.

Open Space

The City of Boise Open Space Reserves are a diverse group of protected properties, each of which represents significant ecological, historical, recreational or cultural value to our community. Together they form strong connections to our natural environment and are worthy of lasting conservation. Simply stated, our open space reserves are the special places we go to reflect, to play, to learn and to live.

Service Projects

The Open Space division offers corporations, schools, churches, civic organizations, and others the opportunity to participate in a service project. These projects can take place any time during the year, and will take into account your group size, availability, and what our needs are at the time.

For school groups this may include a service learning component at which students will receive both classroom instruction, as well as participate in a field activity.

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

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