Open Space Division

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Open Space division at the City of Boise. We are committed to ensuring the conservation and protection of Boise's natural heritage as well as educating the next generation of open space participants. Our volunteers are essential to our mission to build a conservation ethic and connect people to Boise's dynamic and diverse natural landscape. Opportunities to get involved include:

  • Open Space restoration
  • Foothills Learning Center
  • Boise Urban Garden School
  • Ridge to Rivers trail projects
  • Ridge to Rivers trail ranger program
  • Scout Projects
  • Class Assistance

Check out volunteer opportunities on this page and sign up. We are so glad you are interested in becoming part of our team, thank you!

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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.

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Foothills Family Days 3 12/15/2018 2/9/2019

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.

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Foothills Habitat Restoration 1 12/15/2018 12/15/2018

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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Eagle Award Projects 1
Service Projects 1

Mission Statement

Dedicated to promote-through environmental education, service opportunities, and outreach-the preservation and responsible use of the Boise Foothills; and to foster an understanding and appreciation of our place in the natural world.