Idaho Department of Fish and Game MK Nature Center

Idaho Department of Fish and Game MK Nature Center

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A bobcat seen just across the Greenbelt from the nature center. It is likely one of the bobcats we have seen on the trail cams. These small cats can be quite secretive or, as was the case today, not so much. The Boise River corridor is excellent habitat for bobcats and many of the small animals they eat. It’s always a treat to get to see one.
The honeybees in the nature center’s observation hive have found pollen and are bringing it back to the hive! We are not sure where they are finding it, but guess maple tree flowers. The queen has also begun to lay eggs. Things are certainly buzzing in the hive! Come and check it out!
Great blue heron at the Alpine Lake.
George, the MK Nature Center's education snake molted! See it! It's WILD!
Friends of MK Nature Center and the Idaho Foodbank will be the recipients of your donations at the STIL this Saturday on "National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day," Help us out, but eating icecream for breakfast! All locations!
A few sights on a cold January afternoon. Hooray for the sunshine!
How do you tell an adult sharp-shinned hawk from a Cooper's hawk? Find out in this one minute tutorial!
https://idfg.idaho.gov/sites/default/files/mknc-newsletter-winter-2022.pdf Find out who visits the nature center at night by reading our winter newsletter.
From the tracks on the path, it appears there are more deer than people here today!

The Morrison Knudsen Nature Center offers a one-of-a-kind fish and wildlife experience on a 4.6-acre site along the Boise River Greenbelt near downtown Boise.

The Nature Center's stream walk and education building provide a glimpse of Idaho. The Idaho Fish and Game MK Nature Center offers a unique wildlife experience on a 4.6-acre site along the Boise River Greenbelt. Admission is always free! The StreamWalk is free and open dawn to dusk all year and underwater viewing windows give visitors a fish-eye view of the world. The Visitor Center has a museum a

Operating as usual

Photos from Idaho Department of Fish and Game MK Nature Center's post 06/06/2022

It’s fawn season at the nature center. Visitors and staff have seen several fawns, along with their mothers. If you are fortunate to see these wild babies, DO NOT approach them! Give them plenty of space and do not linger nearby. Help your children to be good wildlife watchers by having them be still and quiet whenever they see wild animals. Practicing respectful wildlife viewing will insure that the fawns feel safe at the nature center.

Photos from Idaho Department of Fish and Game MK Nature Center's post 06/02/2022

Wood’s rose, yellow monkeyflower and rosy pussytoes blooming at the nature center today. Stop by and enjoy a relaxing stroll.

05/31/2022

Here is a nice photo taken by a visitor utilizing our Chronolog photo station on the sturgeon bridge. You too can set your smartphone on the provided stand and take a photo of the same scene. You then send it to a specified address and we get a time lapse! Check out our time lapse so far! https://www.chronolog.io/site/MKN101

05/23/2022

Over the years, we have not had many rabbits at the MK Nature Center. I think that is about to change.

Photos from Idaho Department of Fish and Game MK Nature Center's post 05/17/2022

Sights around the nature center on a quiet morning.

Photos from Idaho Department of Fish and Game MK Nature Center's post 05/14/2022

Things are buzzing at the nature center’s Celebrating Pollinators event! Come on over and check it out. The event is open until 3pm.

Photos from Idaho Department of Fish and Game MK Nature Center's post 05/13/2022

Don't miss our family friendly event tomorrow from 10 to 3 pm. Learn all about native bees. There will be lots of crafts and games for the kids. Treasure Valley Bee Club will be on hand to teach visitors about raising honey bees. Local honey will be for sale.
$4 /person ages 3 and up.

Photos from Idaho Department of Fish and Game MK Nature Center's post 05/13/2022

Tiny chokecherry blossoms and phlox beaded with rain droplets. Pollinators visit these flowers and many more. Come to the nature center tomorrow, May 14 to learn more about pollinators at the Celebrate Pollinators! event. It runs from 10am - 3pm with education stations full of information and fun activities. Admission is $4 per person ages 3 and up. Come join us to catch the buzz about our amazing pollinators!

Photos from Idaho Department of Fish and Game MK Nature Center's post 05/12/2022

Don't miss the MK Nature Center's Celebrating Pollinators Event on May 14th from 10 am to 3pm. The Treasure Valley Bee Club members will be on hand to help you find the queen bee, and show you how to extract honey. Local honey will be for sale.
Admission Fee is $4 per person ages 3 and up.

05/09/2022

The paths are clear and the grounds open for visitors.

05/09/2022

Celebrating Pollinators on May 14th from 10am to 3pm.
Enjoy education booths, fun take home crafts, honey tasting and much more.
Admission for this event is $4/person ages 3 and up.
The Nature Center will be closed to Free admission on this day.

05/09/2022

The nature center paths are closed due to downed limbs from the snow.

05/06/2022

Check out our Celebrating Pollinators event on May 14th! This 1 minute video will give you a sneak peek into what you will do when you get here!

05/06/2022

This serviceberry flower might look pretty plain to us, but pollinators have an entirely different way of seeing flowers. Come to the May 14 Celebrate Pollinators event to get a pollinator-eye view of flowers! The event is open 10am - 3pm and admission is $4 per person. All proceeds go toward the nature center’s education program.

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05/03/2022

This beautiful bumble bee queen was busy on the pea-plant yesterday. One of many native pollinators here at the nature center, bumble bees can be seen on many different flower species. Their large size makes them easy to observe among the smaller, faster bees.

Celebrate pollinators at MK Nature Center on May 14 05/02/2022

Celebrate pollinators at MK Nature Center on May 14

https://idfg.idaho.gov/press/celebrate-pollinators-mk-nature-center-may-14

Celebrate pollinators at MK Nature Center on May 14 The MK Nature Center in Boise will be hosting an event to celebrate pollinators on May 14. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $4 per person for ages 3 and older. This family-friendly event will feature various education stations for visitors to learn about the importance of all poll...

Photos from Idaho Department of Fish and Game MK Nature Center's post 05/02/2022

Today is Idaho Gives! Consider supporting Friends of MK Nature Center! They do so much for us! https://www.idahogives.org/organizations/friends-of-mk-nature-center

04/27/2022

Mark your calendars for May 14th, MK Nature Center will be having an event celebrating pollinators. This is a family friendly event with lots of activities for the kids! Admission fee is $4/person ages 3 and up. Nature Center will be closed to free admission on the day of the event.

04/18/2022

Coming up at the end of April is the City Nature Challenge organized by Boise Parks and Recreation, Golden Eagle Audubon Society, and Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG)! Parks & Waterways is partnered with several organizations around Boise to help spread awareness and open our sites to this event.

We encourage you to come out to Barber Park and the Oregon Trail Recreation Area from April 29 - May 2 using the iNaturalist app to document different species of plants and animals around these places.

LEARN MORE at https://citynaturechallenge.org or contact [email protected], (208) 608–7609!

03/15/2022

This cute pair want to help remind visitors that dogs are not allowed on the nature center grounds and paths. Even well-mannered dogs can disturb wildlife, especially in the spring when young animals are present. Please enjoy hiking with your dog on one of the many dog-friendly trails in our community. Leave your pup at home when visiting the nature center. Service animals, as defined under the ADA, are allowed.

Photos from Idaho Department of Fish and Game MK Nature Center's post 03/15/2022

It's AmeriCorps Week! Question: What would we do without our AmeriCorps members? Answer: Not as Much!!! Thank you, Mariah Hilliard for your time, commitment and energy!

Photos from Friends of Morrison Knudsen Nature Center's post 03/15/2022

Photos from Friends of Morrison Knudsen Nature Center's post

03/07/2022

Whoooooo goes there? This great horned owl found a sunny place to roost at the nature center. Some small songbirds are none too happy at having this big raptor in their neighborhood, but the owl is ignoring their protests.

03/03/2022

Wait for it 😊. Time lapsed sunrise at the MK Nature Center.

03/02/2022

A bobcat seen just across the Greenbelt from the nature center. It is likely one of the bobcats we have seen on the trail cams. These small cats can be quite secretive or, as was the case today, not so much. The Boise River corridor is excellent habitat for bobcats and many of the small animals they eat. It’s always a treat to get to see one.

Photos from Idaho Department of Fish and Game MK Nature Center's post 02/28/2022

The honeybees in the nature center’s observation hive have found pollen and are bringing it back to the hive! We are not sure where they are finding it, but guess maple tree flowers. The queen has also begun to lay eggs. Things are certainly buzzing in the hive! Come and check it out!

02/11/2022

Great blue heron at the Alpine Lake.

The Mink are Active at MK Nature Center 02/10/2022

The Mink are Active at MK Nature Center

https://idfg.idaho.gov/blog/2022/02/mink-are-active-mk-nature-center

The Mink are Active at MK Nature Center Mink sightings are increasing at MK Nature Center and along the Boise River these last few weeks. This small member of the weasel family can be seen along the edges of the Nature Center's ponds, streams and along the beaver dam. While usually hunting fish and crayfish, this video was taken of this m...

02/02/2022

Friends of MK Nature Center and the Idaho Foodbank will be the recipients of your donations at the STIL this Saturday on "National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day," Help us out, but eating icecream for breakfast! All locations!

One week away!!! 🎉

All stores will be open from 9am-Noon with all proceeds being donated to Idaho Foodbank and Friends of the MK Nature Center!

Donuts from Guru and coffee from Dawson Taylor will be provided as well 😱🤯

Come in to any store next Saturday to help support these amazing local organizations and enjoy the Sweetest Things in Life!

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600 S Walnut St
Boise, ID
83712

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Thursday 9am - 3pm
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