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Caring for Parks

Citizen Science Programs

Boise parks are home to all types of wildlife, all of which have a lot to teach us about coexisting with nature. Boise Parks and Recreation works hard to provide safe spaces for our local wildlife to live, which not only includes habitat preservation but also tracking their activity to determine how they are doing. This is partially achieved through a number of citizen science programs that engage Boiseans in collecting scientific data, which is ultimately shared with national science programs. If you love to commune with nature and want to learn more about the natural world, then these programs are right up your ally.

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

Service Projects

Special Events

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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.

Special Events

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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Idaho IceWorld

General Interests

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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.

Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center

The Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center (JHFLC) is a place where visitors can explore, learn about, and connect with Boise's diverse natural landscapes. We serve over 10,000 students and community members annually, offering environmental education programs designed to ignite interest in natural resources, science, and Idaho's cultural and ecological heritage.

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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Zoo Boise

General Interests

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