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. Our programmi

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


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

Job Opportunities | City of Boise Careers

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].

Job Opportunities | City of Boise Careers For California residents, and to the extent NEOGOV sells your personal information as the term “sell” is defined under the California Consumer Privacy Act, you have the right to opt-out of the sale of your personal information by us to third parties at any time. This setting only applies to regi...


It was a snowy wonderland in the foothills this morning ❄️


Come on out on Wednesday, October 5th from 9:00-10:00 to learn more about common Winter feeder birds! We will have our local ornithology expert Terry Rich leading the session! This class is free, but we ask everyone to register so we can continue to grow this program! Head to the link below to register!


Common Winter Feeder Birds in Idaho with Terry Rich on October 5, 9-11 am at the Foothills Learning Center in Boise. Many millions of Americans feed birds – more than actively watch birds in other ways. This presentation will look at the most common birds that visit feeders in Idaho and how to identify them. We’ll also take a look at feeder and seed types. This free class is hosted by Boise Parks and Recreation. Learn more at
Photo Louisa Evers.
[image Description: Two yellow birds perch on opposite sides of a yellow-based birdfeeder filled with black seeds.]


Can’t believe it’s been a month with our Outdoor Preschool kids! We have seen them grow so much and we’re very excited to watch them continue to learn!


Spot the lizard!! 🦎

While you walk our grounds, take your time to spot the multitude of lizards we have that call the FLC home!


Outdoor story time is the best! 📖🦉


Dandelion wishes 🌻🦉


On September 23rd 1-2pm, Jean E Sidinger will be holding a reading of her book in the FLC backyard


BOISE! We are excited to announce a brand new event happening on October 7th, at 6:00 pm - Hikes + Hops!! Join us for a hike in the foothills then drinks from Lost Grove Brewing after! 🦉

To learn more and register head to:

Registration includes the hike, some Hikes + Hops swag, and one drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) from Lost Grove Brewing. Additional beverages available for purchase. For more info, head to the link above! See you soon Boise!!


Curious what we have going on this fall? Check out our Fall 2022 Newsletter at the link below!! 🦉


Mule deer are all around the center these days! Lots of fawns to fawn over 😉 🦌 🦉


It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood! ☀️🦉

Don’t forget to register for our programs this fall! Registration is open and all programs are filling up fast!


Happy National Honeybee Day!! 🐝

We are happy to have so many pollinator plants and gardens that support our honeybee populations in the foothills. Hope you’re able to enjoy our pollinator gardens this weekend and check out some of our honeybees!


Beautiful morning for a hike☀️🦉


Some of our favorite moments from the last couple weeks! We can’t believe it’s August!

We’ll be sending out a newsletter in the coming weeks with updated information on all the Fall fun to be had at FLC! 🦉


Nothing better than climbing a tree in the summer! 🦉☀️


Come join us for a short hike at Chief Eagle Eye Reserve tonight at 6:30 for Latino Conservation Week!

We’re ready for you!! 🥾🦉


It is Latino Conservation Week 2022!

This week, in partnership with the Peques Nature Club, we will be providing opportunities for community members to enjoy the outdoors and learn about local conservation opportunities. Other community partners include other Boise Parks and Recreation teams, Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge, Southwest Idaho Resource Conservation and Development.

Join us tomorrow (7/19) at Chief Eagle Eye Reserve for a guided hike at 6:30 pm with emphasis on recreating responsibly. Then on Wednesday (7/20) at Foothills Learning Center for a family event at 6:00 pm. On Friday (7/22), join us at Boise Urban Garden School for a cooking class at 4:00 pm.

We look forward to seeing you! Further details on the next post!


Spot the snake for World Snake Day! 🐍

FLC & BUGSTeaching kids a love of the natural world 07/11/2022

FLC & BUGSTeaching kids a love of the natural world

FLC and Boise Urban Garden School are featured in Idaho Family Magazine! Check out their latest issue online or pick up a free copy at a grocery store near you.

FLC & BUGSTeaching kids a love of the natural world Caption for Children in Outdoor Preschool: Children in the Outdoor Preschool program enjoy playing and learning in nature at the Foothills Learning Center. (Photo provided by FLC) By Gaye Bunderson Nature surrounds us and, yet,


California Quail posing like the star he is 🌟

As you walk around our grounds you’re likely to see and hear the numerous quail we have as year-round residents who love to chuff about the trails!


We had a wild visitor on July 4th! A hiker spotted this beautiful bobcat at FLC at sunset. Please remember to give all wildlife space and respect by keeping your distance and not approaching them; this keeps you safe too! This visitor did a great job capturing a cool species and wild moment while keeping their distance.

🎥: David Rodenstein


Plenty of lizards and snakes out this week! Hope you’re enjoying this summer heat like they are ☀️🦎🐍


A favorite pollinator of ours stopped by to visit today! Monarchs are beginning to move into the area and we should see many more in the coming weeks! 🌼🌸🦋


Come check out our Pollinator Gardens this week, during National Pollinator Week! They are in full bloom with lots of pollinators making use of them. 🌼 🐝🦋


Happy First Day of Summer!! ☀️


Last week BUGS and FLC came together to present about “Bringing the Outdoors In: Environmental Education in the Classroom” at the Sustainability Summit in Boise!

We were excited to share our knowledge about environmental education and look forward to partnering with local educators looking to bring the outdoors in!


Interested in our Outdoor Preschool program? Please reach out and schedule a tour with us!

Photos from Foothills Learning Center's post 06/07/2022

We had a great time with Mayor McLean today taking part in our Little Explorers Camp! She joined us in learning about monarch butterflies and also announced her participation in the National Wildlife Federation Mayor’s Monarch Pledge! Thank you ! 🧡


We’re looking forward to a summer filled with sun and friends! ☀️🌻


Join us celebrating National Kids to Parks Day by heading out to the parks tomorrow! Link in bio for our City of Boise Park Scavenger Hunt!

Videos (show all)

We had a wild visitor on July 4th! A hiker spotted this beautiful bobcat at FLC at sunset. Please remember to give all w...
Thanks for the free show Idaho Power! Our preschoolers loved watching the work crew come in
Mindfulness week in Outdoor Preschool. One balloon, two balloons, then super silent! Lots to think through while having ...
Outdoor Preschool had fun with instruments during their 5 Senses lesson
Science in action! #foothillslearningcenter #stemeducation #rockets #outdooreducation
It's snowing! Do you prefer to get out in the snow or stay inside?
Little Explorers Camp
Can you identify this little bird by it’s awesome song? (It’s hard to see in the video since it is so small). Fun fact: ...
Guess who’s back?                                   Can YOU identify this bird by its call? #foothillslearningcenter #or...
FLC AmeriCorps Pledge
Have you ever wondered how the stuff gets emptied from a #recyclingtruck? #physics! #knowbeforeyouthrow #whenindoubtleav...
Snake in Hull's Gulch





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