Caring for Parks
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.
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.
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.
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, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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.
Assist center staff at various events either on-site or off-site locations with various educational activities and/or crafts.
Mainly the third Saturday of each month, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the third Friday of each month, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m, and various other dates and times TBD.
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.
- Animal Care Volunteer (18+)
- Zoo Commissary Volunteer (18+)
- Conservation Cruise Captain (18+)
- Group Volunteer Project (Adults & Teens)
- Special Event Volunteer (Adults & Teens)
- Zoo Ambassador - Family Volunteer (Adults & Youth)
- Zoo Ambassador (18+)
- Zoo Naturalist Volunteer (18+)
- Zoo Teen Program (13-17)
- Education Programs Volunteer