City of Boise


Caring for Parks

City Nature Challenge

The City Nature Challenge is an annual global celebration of biodiversity during which communities across the globe document wild plants and animals in their communities using the iNaturalist app.  This year, the event takes place between April 30 and May 3rd.  Participants can submit observations of wild plants and animals from anywhere in Boise anytime during the four day time frame.  How many species can you find? 

Click the "Schedule an Observation" link to sign up to contribute data from your favorite park or open space. 

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

Community Science Programs

Boise parks are home to all types of wildlife which have a lot to teach us about our natural world. 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.

On-going Programs

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

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Open Space Division

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.

Ridge to Rivers

The Ridge to Rivers partnership consists of the City of Boise, Ada County, the Bureau of Land Management Four Rivers Field Office, the Boise National Forest and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. The Partnership exists under a multi-agency Memorandum of Understanding, with the City of Boise serving as the lead agency.

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Zoo Boise

General Interests


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