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 17, 2017.
Camp registration for non-residents opens Wednesday, April 219, 2017.
Register early to ensure a spot in one of our popular youth or teen camps.
PRESCHOOL NATURE CAMP (age 3.5 -6)                     Location: Foothills Learning Center           
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 5 - 9;  10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; ACTIVITY #425961-01

M-F, July 10 - July 14;  10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; ACTIVITY #425961-02

M-F, July 24 - 28; 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; ACTIVITY #425961-03

LITTLE EXPLORERS (age 3.5 -6)                                  Location: Foothills Learning Center

Give Your Preschooler a chance to discover nature using all 5 senses! Each day we'll explore a different theme; animals, plants, rocks, insects, and birds. Through hands-on activities, and outdoor play, every child will experience the foothills as their backyard! One snack will be provided each day, but campers should bring their own water bottle. Each week is a repeat program.

       M-F, June 19 -23; 9:00 -12:00

       M-F, July 31 -Aug 4; 9:00 -12:00

INSECT CAMP (grade 1 - 6)                                         Location: Boise Watershed

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 7 - 11;  10:30am -2:00pm; Activity #: 425962-01

SUMMIT TO STREAMS CAMP (8 -12 year olds)             Location: Fort Boise Comm Center

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. All sessions are repeats.

M-F; June 12 - 16; 9:00am-4:00pm; Activity # 425022-01

M-F; June 26 - 30; 9:00am-4:00pm; Activity # 425022-02

M-F; July 17 - 21; 9:00 -4:00; Activity # 425022-03

JR NATURALIST CAMP                                                    Location: Fort Boise Comm Center

This outdoor day camp is designed to inspire children's natural curiosity, help them learn about their local environment, become leaders for stewardship and develop an appreciation of nature. Camp will include the following: using senses for observation, learning through outdoor play and exploration. Activities, games, and projects will include plants, water, geology, and animal life of Boise and beyond. Camp drop off and pick up are at Fort Boise Community Center.

      M-F, July 31st - Aug 4; 9:00 - 4:00 pm

NATURE ART CAMP                                                           Location: Foothills Learning Center
Artists have been inspired by nature for thousands of years. Your child will enjoy daily hikes and classroom activities where learning about and observing nature will inspire them to create wonderful artworks in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, and sculpture. All materials included.
      M-F June 26 - 30; 9:00 -12:00        Age 6 -8 year olds
      M-F July 17 - 21; 9:00 -12:00         Age 9 -12 year olds
WILD IN THE CITY  Ages 9 - 12                                      Location: Zoo Boise

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

WRITING WILD CAMPS                                                  Location: Foothills Learning Center

We are happy to host and partner with The Cabin on two 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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