Foothills Learning Center

Foothills Learning Center


There have been multiple reports of coyotes in Military Reserve. If you are hiking in this area, please be aware of your surroundings and keep your dogs close to you. Trails are in a wildland-urban interface.
Our Outdoor Preschool instructors are superstars! 😂
Are you interested in becoming an Idaho Master Naturalist? This is a great opportunity to get involved in your community and learn more about Idaho's natural resources
Registration is now open for our upcoming Outdoor Preschool sessions, camps, classes and more! Browse the guide and sign-up today:
The Winter/Spring 2021-2022 Activity Guide is now available online. Boise Parks and Recreation is hosting a variety of classes and activities for all ages in the coming months. Registration opens for Boise residents Monday, December 6 and Wednesday, December 8 for non-residents. Browse winter/spring activities now at
Ideas on how to get your kids outdoors this weekend. Please remember to always collect from nature responsibly
It is scientifically proven that being in nature can reduce anxiety. We hope you are able to get outdoors this weekend!
We have openings in our Outdoor Preschool Program! Sign up now for a spot through May. Follow this link for more information or email [email protected]
Our free birding classes are back this Wednesday morning 9am! Pre-registration required:
Our Fall Activities are now open for registration! Outdoor Preschool, Homeschool Day, School Break Camps, Adult Hikes, and MORE!
Live a little further from the foothills? Did you know we also offer Outdoor Preschool at the Boise Urban Garden School? BUGS is located on Five Mile and Ustick. Follow the link for more information
Interested in outdoor preschool? Learn more about our popular outdoor preschool program at the Foothills Learning Center. Watch the short video below and visit the website link below to enroll today!

We are dedicated to promoting the preservation and improvement of the Boise Foothills.

Learn about the Boise Foothills and visit us to be immersed in nature, learn new things about the trails and the environment in general, and have tons of fun at our lessons and events!

Operating as usual


Boise Outdoor Preschool starts in just a couple weeks at and !! We still have space at both locations for your kiddos to join us in place-based early education focused in hands-on explorative learning! 🌳🐝

Head to the link in the below for more information and to set up a tour today!!


Hikes + Hops is back on August 4 with Meriwether Cider Company!!

We’re excited to explore another trail with you and enjoy more locally crafted beverages after! Tickets are $10 and include a beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), a guided hike, and some fun swag. Kids are welcome and free with a paying adult.

Event Page: Hikes + Hops with Meriwether Cider Co


See you soon Boise!


We have space in many of our summer programs, from Hike + Learn to Storytrail Adventure, we have something for everyone!

Class or event you’re interested in full? Stay tuned for announcements about fall programming coming up in a couple weeks!

Head to the link below for our updated programming and to find your next foothill adventure!


Another beautiful sunshine day here in the foothills ☀️🌼

Photos from Foothills Learning Center's post 07/08/2023

What a great Hikes + Hops evening! Thank you to everyone who came and spent their Friday evening with us! Big shout out and thank you to Mother Earth Brewing Company for pouring beers for us!

Can’t wait for the next one on August 4!!


Two days till we get to take you on the brand new accessible trail in Hull’s Gulch Reserve as part of Hikes + Hops! Come learn about the work being done by Ridge to Rivers, Boise Parks and Recreation, and the City of Boise to make our foothills accessible to everyone. Then enjoy a beverage from Mother Earth Brewing Company in the Foothills Learning Center backyard!

Tickets are $10 and include a guided hike along with a beverage (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available). Kids are free with a ticketed adult!!

Link in the below has tickets and more information!


Mark your calendars Boise, for the July Hikes + Hops event on Friday, 7/7 at 6pm! This month our partner is !! We’re excited for some sunny summery hikes and local hops in the foothills!! See you there! 🍻🥾

Tickets and more info at link in the bio!!


Name that bird! One of our favorite migrating species has taken up summer residence here at the foothills! Do you know what kind of bird it is? Hint - It’s waxy and likes cedar 😉


Happy first day of Summer Boise!! ☀️


We have a wren friend utilizing one of our bird boxes! 🐦

They were busy gathering sticks to build a nest inside the box. We’re excited to watch how the nest progresses over the next few weeks!


Lovely June Gloom Day 🌥️


Hikes + Hops is tomorrow at 6:00 pm! While enjoying a cold beverage from you can enjoy the blooms happening across our grounds, in our pollinator and native plant gardens!

$10 ticket includes a guided hike, some fun swag, and a beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)!

Link below has tickets and more details!


Another great hiking weekend coming up, enjoy the beautiful blooms on your long weekend Boise! 🌼

📍Crestline Trail


Temps have evened out and spring wildflowers are blooming throughout the Boise Foothills - there is no better time for an evening hike, followed by a refreshing drink from Western Collective!

Join us at the Foothills Learning Center next Friday, June 2, for Hikes + Hops. Tickets include a guided 30-minute hike around Lower Hulls Gulch Reserve and a drink from Western Collective in the Foothills Learning Center backyard afterwards. Kids welcome with a paying adult!

Tickets available here:


Incredible visit from a Cooper’s hawk (Accipiter cooperii) along our Story Trail!


Today we saw an American badger (Taxidea taxus) on one of our field trips! 🦡

Please keep in mind that badgers can be dangerous to interact with, so please keep your distance if you ever see one in the foothills. 🦡


Today we released our painted lady butterflies! 🦋


Join us this Friday! Rain or shine, we plan to still hike and enjoy some hops from our partner !! Tickets and more information at the link in the bio!


Join us for Hikes + Hops on Friday, May 5 at the Foothills Learning Center. A $10 ticket gets you a guided hike and a drink of your choice in the FLC backyard afterwards.

In May, we’re partnering with White Dog Brewing Boise 🍻🥾 Come hike a 30-minute loop around Chickadee Ridge and learn about the foothills with our talented team. All ages welcome (kids are free and don’t need a ticket if attending with a registered adult). Get your ticket now!



Registration now open for our 2023-2024 school year! We have multiple half-day sessions that get kids outside and learning about nature through place-based education and interactive curricula. Head to the link in the bio for more information!


Boise! Are you ready for the next Hikes + Hops on May 5?! We are partnering with White Dog Brewing Boise this month and plan to have multiple hikes, ranging in difficulty, for you to enjoy. Get your tickets now at the link in the bio!

Info: Ticket includes a guided hike focused on local foothills ecology, some fun Hikes + Hops swag, and a beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) from White Dog Brewing!


We are jam packed with Spring programming today! Thankful for all our participants and families who choose to spend beautiful days like these with us. ☀️🌷


It might be spring, but it was extra frosty and crunchy on the trails this morning! 🦉


Three weeks till Hikes + Hops returns for the 2023 season! We are excited to announce that we will once again be partnering with Lost Grove Brewing!

Link to information and tickets is in the bio! Cheers, and we can’t wait to hike with you!


We’re ready for the sunshine coming later this week!! ☀️


Hikes + Hops returning this spring!! Stay tuned for more details about the 2023 season of our favorite new event in the next week! We’ll see you soon!!! 🍻

Check out the link in the bio to see more details!

Adobe Acrobat - 2023_LTTV_OMDA_Position_Announcement_.pdf 03/01/2023

Our partner, Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, has an exciting opportunity! They are hiring an Office Manager & Communications Assistant position. Head to the link below to check out the job description to learn more about this great organization and how to apply!

Adobe Acrobat - 2023_LTTV_OMDA_Position_Announcement_.pdf Click or tap to view this file.


Many of our favorite trails are too muddy to enjoy this weekend. Please help us to keep them in good condition by recreating elsewhere, like the Greenbelt! 🥾


Looking forward to all 2023 will hold for us! Stay tuned for new fun events! ❄️

Photos from Foothills Learning Center's post 12/16/2022

Big THANK YOU to the Intermountain Bird Observatory who came by today with a female Cooper’s hawk! Our preschoolers loved seeing this incredible bird up close and personal!!

This hawk was quickly banded, measured, and released back into the wild as part of IBOs winter raptor research project. Only biologists can handle birds like this, with proper state and federal permits.


Registration for our Winter and Spring activities is up on the City of Boise registration site! We have several new programs that we are rolling out for you to join! Head to the link in the bio for more details.🍁

Job Opportunities | City of Boise Careers 11/17/2022

The Foothills Learning Center is hiring!

Join our team of creative and passionate instructors and teach your community about the outdoors. This position is flexible with options to work 19-35 hours a week. Qualified applicants will have experience in education, science, and/or childcare. Fill out an application today online: and send any questions to [email protected].

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