The WaterShed

The WaterShed


Here's a fun PLT activity for kids - 5th - 12th grade in celebration of Arbor Day!
Are you ready to be a world record holder?

We invite you to join us and become a WORLD RECORD HOLDER while raising awareness of the importance of groundwater to Idaho and Idahoans.

Groundwater serves as the primary drinking water resource for nearly 95% of Idahoans. This project allows youth and adults across the state to connect in a unique way while celebrating groundwater.

By creating and submitting a short video you can participate in a world-record attempt promoting the value of clean, safe, and adequate groundwater supplies in our communities.

Learn more at and get ready to submit your video March 6 - 12, 2022!

Idaho Water
What is a water resource? Idaho’s water resources range from small streams, to reservoirs, rivers, lakes and aquifers, all serving to support cities, industries, agriculture and recreation across the state.
The WaterShed hosted a NASA Earth-to-Sky workshop this week! Educators walked away with tools and resources to teach their audiences about drought. Thanks to our partners across the state and of course the amazing ETS team from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
If you were planning on visiting the WaterShed Monday, Feb 21, we will be closed.
Just a reminder that The WaterShed will be closed to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week.
Super Bowl Sunday is one of the busiest days of the year for our Water Renewal Facilities. All of the parties and people inside at the same time, add up to a lot of toilet flushes at the same time! We call it the Super Bowl SURGE :).
Our alevins are growing each day! If you plan to come by to see the trout babies, please remember that The WaterShed is closed next week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (February 15 - 17) for a workshop. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you on the days we are open!
The trout eggs have started to hatch! Come by and see the new little wiggly Alevins (fry with yolk sac attached).
The WaterShed will be closed from Feb 15-17 for an event. We are sorry for any inconvenience and can't wait to see you before or after those days!
We got eggs! We're hoping to "fry" them up soon! Thanks, Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG) and Trout Unlimited Ted Trueblood Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Today's the day!
Calling all Educators!!! Registration is now open for the Idaho Ecosystems with WILD, WET and PLT workshop! Please visit for more information and to register.

Increasing water and climate change awareness and inspiring action by teaching people of all ages ho

Operating as usual

Photos from Boise Bicycle Project's post 12/06/2022

If you have any old bikes, get them to the Boise Bicycle Project!


The WaterShed

Join us on December 16th for - WaterShed Studio: A Century of Holidays, Parades, and Festivals.

We will be joined by local historian Barbara Perry Bauer, to learn about Boise's rich history of celebrating through the Chinese New Year, Jaialdai, the popular “Fairy Land Parade” and more! You will then work with local artist Autumn Henderson to discover paper quilling and create a beautiful holiday ornament or greeting card to take home!

Register now for ACTIVITY #125006-04 at: or visit for more information.

The WaterShed Increasing water and climate change awareness and inspiring action by teaching people of all ages how to protect and conserve our precious natural resources for future generations.


Happy Thanksgiving from The WaterShed! As a reminder, we'll be closed 11/24 and 11/25.

Photos from The WaterShed's post 10/29/2022

O-fish-ally beautiful art was created at our WaterShed Studio last night! 🐠


Its Gyotaku tonight! It’s going swimmingly!


It’s a perfect day for a Fall Festival. 🍁🍂🌻🌞


Let's celebrate Fall at the WaterShed! Join us this Saturday, October 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for our monthly WaterShed Weekend.

Create beautiful fall-themed art, meet some live reptiles with Idaho Reptile Zoo, decorate a pumpkin, complete a fun scavenger hunt and more! Enjoy some yummy kettle corn or a tasty treat from GoGo squeeZ as you stroll around the River Campus or explore our Exhibit Hall.

Finally, take a fun hayride tour around the water renewal facility to learn what happens when you flush! Hayrides will be held at 10:15, 11:00, 11:45 and 12:30. Tours limited to 25/tour.

It's going to be a beautiful day to enjoy some FREE family fun at the WaterShed! See you there!

Boise WaterShed 10/05/2022

Boise WaterShed

We still have a few spots open for our October 28th WaterShed Studio - Sink or Swim ...

Salmon and the River of Life, Idaho storyteller Ben Kemper takes you on a fisheye's view of the Pacific Northwest, tracking the journey of Sockeye from the Sawtooth mountains to the great Pacific and back. A story that takes its audience through ancient myth, Idaho's history, and the struggle of the fish as they face increasing odds against their survival. You will then create a beautiful book bag using a unique printing process inspired by the story you'll hear this evening.

Register for ACTIVITY #125006-02 at or call 208-608-7680.

Boise WaterShed Dive into the world of water and climate science and learn how you can help protect and conserve our resources through indoor and outdoor exhibits. The education center contains more than 15 hands-on exhibits, a library and theater. The 2-acre park-like River Campus features a simulated river where....


Calling all educators! We have two Project WET workshops on the horizon and registration is open! Space is limited. PD credits available!

Idaho Ecosystems with WILD, WET and PLT Virtual Workshop - October 25, November 15 and November 19.

It's All One Water - Project WET teacher workshop - November 5.

Workshop details and registration information can be found on our event calendar at

Photos from The WaterShed's post 09/30/2022

Boise Schools 6th grade students visited locations in our watershed to investigate the human-influenced water cycle. WaterShed staff led activities, hikes and a living history lesson with Mary Hallock Foote at Lucky Peak!


Cool off in the WaterShed's simulated river! The water will be on through the end of October.

Pollution Prevention Tips for Water Conservation | US EPA 09/20/2022

Pollution Prevention Tips for Water Conservation | US EPA

It's Pollution Prevention Week with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency! Check out some ways to conserve water and prevent pollution.

Pollution Prevention Tips for Water Conservation | US EPA P2 tips for water conservation.


Join us this Saturday, September 17th for our WaterShed Weekend from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

We're partnering with the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), to learn more about this hot topic! Join us to (safely) start simulated forest fires with our fire boards, compete in our "Firefigting Olympics", and snack on some indoor s'mores during our storytime with Smokey Bear!

You can also visit with the Boise Fire Department and check out a fire truck!

A behind-the-scenes water renewal facility tour will be held at 11:30 a.m., ages 5 and up, closed-toe shoes required, no strollers please.

Idaho, you need to meet these environmental advocates. It’s their passion, not their politics. 09/01/2022

Idaho, you need to meet these environmental advocates. It’s their passion, not their politics.

Some of our awesome Youth Climate Action Council members spoke today on Boise State Public Radio. Way to go Jayden and Asha!

Idaho, you need to meet these environmental advocates. It’s their passion, not their politics. Asha Muhingi’s and Jayden Rehwalt’s pasts are dramatically different. Rehwalt was born and raised in Boise. Muhingi was a refugee from Congo, before coming to Boise at the age of 9. But their passion for change and their hopes for treating the planet with greater respect are one-and-the same.

Photos from The WaterShed's post 08/20/2022

Bug Day!!!


Macroinvertebrates at Bug Day … come check it out!


Stop by the WaterShed's macroinvertebrate booth at Bug Day this Saturday!

The Colossal Collective will be bringing their giant praying mantis, Itsy Bitsy, to the Garden for Bug Day this year! ️🎉

Itsy Bitsy is a pretty pink, 25-foot-long puppet that will stroll through the Garden during the event. She'll make for an excellent photo op, and a marvel to see! 📸

Bug Day is happening THIS SATURDAY, August 20th, from 10 AM - 3 PM! If you still need tickets, visit our website:

Photos from The WaterShed's post 07/23/2022

Tonight we heard from Global Gardens and then created beautiful botanical prints. Join us for next month’s WaterShed Studio! Class descriptions and registration info can be found at

Photos from The WaterShed's post 07/22/2022

It’s a perfect day for the IDAH2O Master Water Stewards workshop.


Are you curious how much water you use? Borrow our home water audit kit to measure your water use and get some free tools to implement water-saving changes!


Jack’s Snow Shack is going to be at WaterShed Wednesdays tomorrow so stop by to get some delicious snow cones!


Our Watershed Action Team and Youth Climate Action Council will be at the Teen Takeover event at the Idaho State Museum. Come and say hi to us!


Have you met Charlotte? She's the friendly spider that hangs out in our nature play. She was created and donated by retired Public Works employee Glen Pearson. Don't be shy - she won't bite!


The WaterShed will be closed on Monday, July 4th for Independence Day.


Join WaterShed staff and several local agencies Tuesday evening at Expo Idaho to learn about local water quality issues and what you can do to protect water! Free kids activities; food available for purchase.

Water is a hot topic right now in the Treasure Valley. Come join us and over a dozen local agencies to learn about how you as a resident can protect the quality and quantity of water in our area.

We will have interactive activities at each booth, as well as crafts, food trucks, and music. Bring the whole family out for a fun, informative evening with us!

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Ada Soil & Water Conservation District
City of Boise
City of Meridian, Idaho - Government
City of Garden City, Idaho
Idaho Department Of Water Resources
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare


Just in time for the heat wave … our shade sails are up in the River Campus! Our simulated Boise River is great place to splash and play and cool off! 😊


Mark your calendars for next Tuesday evening at Expo Idaho's Western Town! Learn about local water quality, enjoy kids activities and food trucks!

Join Ada County, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and us for the Ada County Water Quality Info Fair at Expo Idaho on June 28! The all-ages event will help you answer the question, "What is my role in protecting our water quality?"

This event runs from 4 - 7 p.m. in Western Town area of Expo Idaho.


Create beautiful art at the WaterShed! We still have a few spots open in our WaterShed Studio class this Friday - Waste not, Want not.

Visit with our Materials Management team to learn more about the City of Boise's trash, recycling and waste reduction programs. This informative Q&A session will give you the knowledge needed to help our trash, recycling and composting systems work well by putting the correct things in the appropriate carts and keeping the wrong things out. Then using recycled materials, you will recreate a famous artwork of your choosing! Sign up now for activity #425006-02 at or call 208-608-7680.


Our favorite trout expert, Bill, prepping the audience to realease the trout. Thanks to everyone who made it!


The WaterShed will be closed on Monday, June 20 for the Juneteenth Holiday.


Welcome to our Idaho STEM Action Center extern, Jess! If you're visiting this summer, you'll see Jess teaching or learning about STEM careers in Public Works. Please stop by and give her a warm welcome!


Congratulations to our Education Coordinator Augie Gabrielli for winning the IdEEA Environmental Educator of the Year Award! Bravo!

Photos from The WaterShed's post 06/08/2022

Thanks for braving the rain for the first WaterShed Wednesday of the year! Join us next week for WaterShed Wednesday - Flowers of the Summer.


Water levels in the Boise Watershed are looking better!

Guys! Green is REALLY GOOD!!!!

Videos (show all)

A perfect day to study macroinvertebrates in the Boise River.
Trout Arrive
Photosynthesis with Aiden
Shaky Science
What is a Meteorologist?
Eddy Can’t Pick Up Pet Waste
Water Cycle Stop Motion and Bonus Experiment
Trout in the classroom at the Boise WaterShed





11818 W. Joplin Road
Boise, ID

Opening Hours

Monday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm

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