Foothills Learning Center

We are dedicated to promoting the preservation and improvement of the Boise Foothills. Our programming fosters appreciation, understanding and responsible use of the natural resources in our community through hands-on environmental education.

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

BFD Trail rescues 05/17/2021

BFD Trail rescues

Learn more about how to recreate safely on our trails this summer. Thanks Boise Fire Department for all your hard work!

BFD Trail rescues BOISE FIRE AND RIDGE TO RIVERS REMIND TRAIL USERS TO BE PREPARED, WATCH OUT FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES IN THE FOOTHILLS

05/11/2021

Are you looking for preschool for your child this fall? Our Outdoor Preschool meets 3 days a week! Registration for our classes starting last week of August is open now. https://www.cityofboise.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/activity-registration/

Are you looking for preschool for your child this fall? Our Outdoor Preschool meets 3 days a week! Registration for our classes starting last week of August is open now. https://www.cityofboise.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/activity-registration/

05/03/2021

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Wildflowers are blooming in the foothills! We've put together a list of trails where you can see them: https://www.ridgetorivers.org/hikes-and-rides/spring-wildflowers/

If you're heading out to hike or ride in Hulls Gulch this weekend, please remember the pilot program is in place at Lower Hulls Gulch Trail. On even numbered days of the month, the trail is closed to all downhill bike travel (open to hikers and equestrians to travel in both directions and open to uphill mountain bikers). On odd numbered days of the month, the trail is only open to downhill bike traffic (closed to all other users). Thank you for your cooperation. Learn more about the 2021 pilot trail program: https://www.ridgetorivers.org/2021pilotprogram/

Idaho Gives 04/29/2021

Idaho Gives

Today is Idaho Gives! Please consider donating to our City Environment Education partners Boise Urban Garden School and Zoo Boise
https://www.idahogives.org/

Idaho Gives Join me and give back!

Photos from Boise Parks and Recreation's post 04/21/2021

Registration for summer camps and fall Outdoor Preschool open to all! Do you live in West Boise? Boise Urban Garden School is also starting an Outdoor Preschool!

Summer 2021 Boise Parks and Recreation Activities, Camps and Classes | City of Boise 04/19/2021

Summer 2021 Boise Parks and Recreation Activities, Camps and Classes | City of Boise

Registration for our week long summer camps (ages 3-5 and 6-8) are open today for Boise residents! We have also opened registration for our Outdoor Preschool sessions starting this Fall

Summer 2021 Boise Parks and Recreation Activities, Camps and Classes | City of Boise The Boise Parks and Recreation team is hosting a variety of classes, camps and volunteer opportunities in the coming months. We are focused on small group sizes, physical distancing and outdoor opportunities whenever possible with the health and safety of the community in mind. Please note that summ...

Summer 2021 Boise Parks and Recreation Activities, Camps and Classes | City of Boise 04/13/2021

Summer 2021 Boise Parks and Recreation Activities, Camps and Classes | City of Boise

Check out our Summer Camp offerings and our Outdoor Preschool program in the Fall! Registration will open for Boise residents on April 19th, non-residents on April 21st.

Summer 2021 Boise Parks and Recreation Activities, Camps and Classes | City of Boise The Boise Parks and Recreation team is hosting a variety of classes, camps and volunteer opportunities in the coming months. We are focused on small group sizes, physical distancing and outdoor opportunities whenever possible with the health and safety of the community in mind. Please note that summ...

The secret language of trees - Camille Defrenne and Suzanne Simard 04/06/2021

The secret language of trees - Camille Defrenne and Suzanne Simard

We love trees!

The secret language of trees - Camille Defrenne and Suzanne Simard Learn how trees are able to communicate with each other through a vast root system and symbiotic fungi, called mycorrhizae.--Most of the forest lives in the ...

04/03/2021

April is Citizen Science month! Look for this local event at the end of the month to participate in your community

April is Citizen Science month! Look for this local event at the end of the month to participate in your community

03/25/2021

Sharing this volunteer opportunity with our friends at Boise Parks and Recreation in case you or anyone you know would like to help us protect and promote pollinator habitat in Boise.

Volunteers needed to help us promote and protect pollinator habitat in Boise! Due to a range of factors including habitat loss, pollinator populations across the globe have experienced a drastic decline. Species including the official insect of the state of Idaho, the monarch butterfly, have declined 80-90 percent over the last few decades. To help turn the tide, Boise Parks and Recreation is working hard to provide high quality, pollinator habitat by planting, monitoring and maintaining dedicated pollinator areas in Boise parks and open spaces. But these areas can be fairly labor intensive to maintain and that’s where you come in! We are looking for some pollinator champions to help us maintain, monitor and expand pollinator gardens in Boise parks. Events are scheduled every other Tuesday from April to September. Additional opportunities will be announced throughout the season. To sign up, visit our Better Impact page: http://bit.ly/PollinatorPosse

03/09/2021

We are now offering Sunday morning (10:00-11:30am) and Monday evening (5:00-6:30pm) Parent/Child Nature Exploration classes! Check out the Boise Parks and Rec website for more info https://www.cityofboise.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/activity-registration/

We are now offering Sunday morning (10:00-11:30am) and Monday evening (5:00-6:30pm) Parent/Child Nature Exploration classes! Check out the Boise Parks and Rec website for more info https://www.cityofboise.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/activity-registration/

03/01/2021

We are excited to be back and exploring the outdoors safely!

We are excited to be back and exploring the outdoors safely!

02/22/2021

We are offering after school programs for ages 6-8 and 9-12 starting next week March 1st! To see our Outdoor Field Study and other available programs, visit the Boise Parks and Rec registration website: https://www.cityofboise.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/activity-registration

We are offering after school programs for ages 6-8 and 9-12 starting next week March 1st! To see our Outdoor Field Study and other available programs, visit the Boise Parks and Rec registration website: https://www.cityofboise.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/activity-registration

Winter/Spring 2021 Programming | Boise Environment Education 02/16/2021

Winter/Spring 2021 Programming | Boise Environment Education

Registration is open for our programming that's starting in March! We're offering several sessions of our popular Outdoor Preschool program, Outdoor Field Study is back to help students stay active after the school day ends, and we have a fun Explore Nature class where parent and child can learn together. Class information and links to register on our website: https://bee.cityofboise.org/learn/beespring2021/

Winter/Spring 2021 Programming | Boise Environment Education Teams at the Foothills Learning Center and Boise Urban Garden School plan to host a variety of programs during the winter and spring of 2021 with health and safety protocols in place. All classes and activities will be held outdoors whenever possible with attention to physical distancing and limited...

Minnesota Bird Songs | Minnesota Conservation Volunteer 01/28/2021

Minnesota Bird Songs | Minnesota Conservation Volunteer

This cool resource is from the DNR of Minnesota but we have many similar species in Idaho! Use this tool to tell who is flying in your backyard
https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/mcvmagazine/bird_songs_interactive/index.html

Minnesota Bird Songs | Minnesota Conservation Volunteer This interactive illustration will help users identify and listen to 24 birds common to Minnesota.

01/26/2021

Have you heard? The City of Boise is expanding some in-person services during the month of February. We are planning out our upcoming programming and will update you as soon as we have more information to provide. As always, the safety of our participants and our staff members will be top of mind. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to seeing you soon!

The City of Boise is expanding in-person service offerings over the coming weeks, beginning on February 1. All visitors to city facilities must wear a face covering that properly covers their mouth and nose and maintain physical distancing as appropriate. Virtual services are still available and residents are strongly encouraged to use them when possible. For more information on individual locations and services, visit cityofboise.org/covid-19.

Busy Trails in Boise’s Foothills – Setting the Stage for Changing with the Times | Event | City of Boise 01/15/2021

Busy Trails in Boise’s Foothills – Setting the Stage for Changing with the Times | Event | City of Boise

Are you a trail user? Join this webinar to learn more and ask questions. This virtual event is free and open to the public. https://www.cityofboise.org/events/parks/2021/january/busy-trails-in-boise-s-foothills-setting-the-stage-for-changing-with-the-times/

Busy Trails in Boise’s Foothills – Setting the Stage for Changing with the Times | Event | City of Boise Meeting will begin with a short presentation about the Ridge to Rivers partnership, goals of the program, trail management, strategies related to the recent increase in trail use and future projects. Then will open up for an answer & question period.

Photos from Zoo Boise's post 01/05/2021

Photos from Zoo Boise's post

12/07/2020

Population Monitoring - The Breeding Bird Survey

Part 2 of our December birding talk

This is a companion talk to the population monitoring talk on the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) recorded on the same date. I talk about the history and method o...

youtube.com 12/02/2020

Population Monitoring - The Christmas Bird Count

Part one of Terry Rich's December Birding class. Part two will be posted tomorrow!

youtube.com This is an introduction to the National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count (CBC). I cover a brief history, the method, and where CBCs are run in southwes...

11/26/2020

This class has been postponed: Sign ups for our Birding classes will be through the Golden Eagle Audubon Society this year! Registration for our December class can be found here: https://terry_rich_talk_12-2-2020.eventbrite.com

nytimes.com 11/20/2020

Yes, Your Kids Can Play Outside All Winter

YES! Our motto "there is no bad weather, just bad clothing" 🌦️

nytimes.com Hardened athletes and explorers weigh in on how to keep your kids warm.

11/19/2020

Due to continued concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Boise has made the tough decision to cancel or postpone all events, classes, activities, programs and volunteer opportunities.
In addition, winter/spring registration is on hold and printing and distribution of the Winter/Spring 2021 Activity Guide will not take place due to uncertainty surrounding future programming.
Foothills Learning Center be temporarily closed to the public beginning Monday, November 23 until further notice. We will provide updates as they become available. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Learn more here: https://www.cityofboise.org/covid-19

11/10/2020

We are CLOSED tommorow (Wednesday) for Veterans Day and Thursday morning for staff training

11/09/2020

Foothills Learning Center's cover photo

10/29/2020

Sign ups for our Birding classes will be through the Golden Eagle Audubon Society this year! Registration for our November class can be found here: https://terry_rich_talk_11-4-2020.eventbrite.com

10/27/2020

Registration now open for our November afternoon programs ages 5-18! https://www.cityofboise.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/activities-classes-and-sports

10/21/2020

We have spots available in our Outdoor Preschool program starting Nov 3! This program runs 3 days a week, 3 hours each day, Now through May. Please follow the link for more info: https://www.cityofboise.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/activities-classes-and-sports
We currently have openings in our TWTh 9am-12pm (Activity #: 125097-03) and TWTh 1-4pm (Activity #: 125097-07), $210 a month

10/19/2020

Our Outdoor Field Study program will continue into the winter! Starting in November, we will have preK-High school classes each week 2:30-4:30 (if you are already attending programs notice time change) with a different age group each day. Registration now open! See link for more information and schedule https://bee.cityofboise.org/learn/outdoor-field-study/

10/07/2020

Join us for some fun camps on days when school isn't in session! We've got upcoming offerings of our one-day Foothills Explorers camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, October 19 and a two-day camp, same hours, October 22 through October 23. For ages 6-9 search activity # 119963-01 and for ages 9-12 search activity # 119963-05 in our online registration system: https://web2.vermontsystems.com/wbwsc/idboisewt.wsc/splash.html

Learn and explore our natural environment in the Boise Foothills!

09/30/2020

Don't forget to sign up for our birding class next week! Event is free but pre-registration is required.

Sign ups for our Fall Birding classes will be through the Golden Eagle Audubon Society this year! Registration for our October class can be found here: https://terry_rich_talk-10-7-2020.eventbrite.com

idahonews.com 09/29/2020

Leaders in Learning: Outdoor Field Study Program kicks off, bringing education outdoors

Check out our Outdoor Field Study program!

idahonews.com If your children are participating in virtual learning this semester, you may be trying to find ways to get them outside and active. That's all possible, and thanks to one local organization, you can also learn how to care for the environment. All thanks to a new program educational program called O...

09/28/2020

Sign ups for our Fall Birding classes will be through the Golden Eagle Audubon Society this year! Registration for our October class can be found here: https://terry_rich_talk-10-7-2020.eventbrite.com

cityofboise.org 09/22/2020

Activities, Classes and Sports | City of Boise

We have two spots available in our Outdoor Preschool program! This program runs 3 days a week from now until the end of May. If you are interested, you can register at the link below. Call 208-493-2530 with any questions

cityofboise.org Select Parks and Recreation programs and activities will be held this fall. Please visit our REGISTRATION PAGE to browse department offerings.

idfg.idaho.gov 09/16/2020

Wildlife Express

Did you know that Idaho Fish and Game publishes a monthly wildlife online zine for kids? Check out Wildlife Express

idfg.idaho.gov Current Issue Redband Trout - May 2020 – [PDF, 3.1 MB] Redband Trout Activities – [PDF, 5.5 MB] Strengthen your students’ literacy of non-fiction by using Wildlife Express to meet Idaho Core Standards. Wildlife Express is the perfect informational text for you and your students. Each issue fea...

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Mindfulness week in Outdoor Preschool. One balloon, two balloons, then super silent! Lots to think through while having ...
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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
TURN UP YOUR VOLUME AND GUESS WHAT NATIVE ANIMAL IS MAKING THIS SOUND!! #boisefoothills #sagebrushsteppe #animalcalls #l...

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Boise, ID
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