Summer Camps/Classes

The Foothills Learning Center and Boise WaterShed host and sponsor several summer camp programs or classes for youth ages preschool and up. Information about all camps and classes is posted in the early Spring and published in the Spring and Summer Boise Parks and Recreation Activity Guides. You can register either online or by calling Fort Boise at (208) 608-7680.
Camp registration for Boise City residents opens on Monday, April 18, 2016.
Camp registration for non-residents opens Wednesday, April 20, 2016.
Register early to ensure a spot in one of our popular youth or teen camps.

Preschool Nature Camps for ages 3 1/2 to 6 years old are offered as one day classes throughout the year at the Foothills Learning Center. Dates and details on these camps can be found in the Parks and Recreation Summer Activity Guide (link to online version) or by going to the website below and choosing “Foothills Learning Center” in the “Location” field: 

This summer we will offer 3 sessions of the same camp.  We will learn about the birds of the Boise Area.  Each day we will study some aspect of the birds around us.  There will be a story, photos, art or craft and possibly a song about birds each day.  Campers need to bring a sack lunch and a beverage, hopefully in a closable container.  In the spirit of sustainability, reusable containers are encouraged. If the child needs sunscreen, please apply it before camp.  Hats are recommended since we will spend a lot of time outside.

M-F, June 6 - 10;  10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; ACTIVITY #425961-01

M-F, June 27 - July 1;  10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; ACTIVITY #425961-02

M-F, July 11 - 15; 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; ACTIVITY #425961-03


We will explore the insects that are found in the Boise Area.  Campers are encouraged to bring insects that they find.  We will try to identify them.  We will make a model of a typical insect and learn some simple songs about insects.  We will use nets and other tools to collect insects.  We will look at the instructor's collection of insects, learn the major categories of insects and practice simple mounting techniques.  Campers need to bring a sack lunch and a beverage, hopefully in a closable container.  In the spirit of sustainability, reusable containers are encouraged.  If the child needs sunscreen, please apply it before camp.  Hats are recommended since we will spend a lot of time outside.

M-F, August 8 - 12; 10:30am -2:00pm; Activity #: 425962-01


Students will spend a week adventuring and exploring Boise’s amazing outdoor environment. AmeriCorps Environmental Educators will lead campers on local ecosystem investigations from the forested mountains at Bogus Basin, through the foothills, within the city, and right into the Boise River. Campers will hike, explore, and play in the public open space that is Boise’s backyard. Along the way, they’ll have many opportunities to see how humans interact with the environment and even participate in a trails service project. We’ll be outside and on the move most of the time, so campers should dress for the weather and wear close-toed shoes. Bring a lunch, plenty of water and sunscreen. Session 2 is a repeat of Session 1.

M-F; June 6 - 10; 9:00am-4:00pm; Activity # 425022- 01

M-F; June 20 - 24; 9:00am-4:00pm; Activity # 425022- 02

WILD IN THE CITY:  Ages 9 - 12
While it is a city, Boise is part of an amazing variety of ecosystems including deserts, forests,
and rivers. Explore the wilds of the city and experience outdoor recreational opportunities
Boise has to offer. We will hike in the Boise Foothills while learning about sagebrush deserts;
float the Boise River while discovering riparian habitats; find wildlife at Hyatt Hidden Lakes
Reserve and explore the exhibits at Boise WaterShed; safari through the zoo to explore ecosystems
and animals from around the world; and explore the garden from seed to harvest while
learning to cook a healthy meal at Boise Urban Garden School. Drop-off and pick up at Zoo
Boise. Further information will be sent to participants one week prior to the first day of camp.

M-F, July 25 - 29; 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Activity #:  419266-01


This is the second year we’ve partnered with the Sawtooth Society, whose mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, on this four-day, three-night camp near Stanley. The Sawtooth Society and the U. S. Forest Service will determine and prepare a meaningful work project for us so we can help them give back to the incredible area.  This trip is not all work, however.  We will also have plenty of time to explore the beautiful mountains and lakes of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. This camp is a partnership between the Sawtooth Society, Boise Parks & Recreation and the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center. Transportation, food, camp site, tents and activities are included in the registration fee. A limited number of sleeping bags and pads are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on what participants will need to bring, please contact Clay Lee at  or (208) 608-7684. Participants will meet at Fort Boise Community Center at 9:00 a.m. on the Tuesday that camp begins and return by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, the last day.

Boys session:  T-F, July 19 - 22; Activity #:  419700-01

Girls session:  T-F, Aug 2 - 5; Activity #:  419700 - 02 


We are happy to host and partner with The Cabin on three weeks of Writing Wild summer writing camps in June. For more information and to register for a writing camp please call (208) 331-8000 or visit




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