Foothills Learning Center

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


Take home some free sagebrush seedlings this Friday, April 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Foothills Learning Center!

📢 Add native sagebrush to your yard or garden for FREE! Every year, Boise Parks and Recreation’s Open Space Division collects sagebrush seed from specific open space reserves. The seed is taken to Lucky Peak Federal Nursery, cleaned, and grown out into seedlings that are planted for restoration. Lucky Peak Nursery always grows more seedlings than are requested to ensure they can fulfill orders and this year - we have a surplus! This Friday, April 12 stop by the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center (3188 Sunset Peak Road) between 3 and 5 p.m. to pick up a bundle of 10 sagebrush seedlings to take and plant at home. Please note, these seedlings will need to be planted into areas with irrigation or where they can receive supplemental water as spring temperatures rise.


Our Boise Outdoor Preschool students are loving the first snow of the season! ❄️


Looking for a family friendly evening event? Join us for Hike + Learn this Friday, Nov. 17 at 5:30pm for a short hike, craft, and fun time in the foothills!

Register at the link below to save your spot!

📷: Crystal Edwards


We love fall in the foothills! 🍁🍂🥾


Evening hikes in the foothills are sometimes the prettiest. ☀️🌻

Check out our free Tour of the Reserves series, hosted in partnership with Idaho Conservation League, to learn more about the 14 reserves managed by the City of Boise. Next one is Thursday, Sept. 21 at Hawkins Range Reserve.

Please register at the link below to join us! 🥾


What a great night at Hikes + Hops!

Thanks for a great summer series Boise! And thank you to all of our partners, we couldn’t have done it without you! Looking forward to next year 🥾🍻


See you in a couple hours Boise! There are still last minute tickets available for Hikes + Hops tonight. 🍻🥾

Come join us and Mad Swede Brewing for a fun end of summer evening. Perfect time to get a hike and drink in before heading to Boise Pride tonight and the rest of the weekend!

Link below has all your ticketing needs!


Tomorrow is the final Hikes + Hops of the season🌾

Meet at the Foothills Learning Center at 6 p.m. for a guided hike along Chickadee Ridge to shady Red-Winged Blackbird Trail, followed by drinks in the backyard of the Boise Foothills. Mad Swede Brewing is the featured brewery!

Join us for yard games, refreshing drinks, and a family-friendly hike to say goodbye to summer. Tickets are $10 and available at the link below. Kids are free with a paying adult.


Join us for our last Hikes + Hops of the season!! We’re excited for Mad Swede Brewing to be with us serving their perfectly brewed hops!

Tickets are in the link below. At $10 they include a guided hike, beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), some fun swag, yard games, wildlife viewing, and more!

See you Friday!!


This week our Outdoor Preschool classes started! ☀️🌳🥾🦉

Our littlest students are starting to explore the wild spaces around our building and enjoying story time with our amazing teachers!

If you want more information, head to the link below or reach out to us directly! ☀️


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!

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