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City of Boise Facilities are Closed

In light of the first confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) case in Ada county, the City of Boise is taking extra steps to promote the health and safety of our community. All city facilities (except Boise Airport) are closed to the public.

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Learning Resources at Home

Find learning resources for home - from story time, worksheets and teacher resources - on our WaterShed At Home page.

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Located at the West Boise Water Renewal Facility, the Boise WaterShed introduces you to water protection and conservation through hands-on exhibits and the largest concentration of public art in the state of Idaho! 

The Boise WaterShed is a partnership between the Boise Public Works Department and the non-profit organization, Boise WaterShed Exhibits, Inc.


ATTENTION: The Boise WaterShed will be closed effective March 17, 2020 to help limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Please find current information:

Monday - Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Closed Holidays) 
Every Third Saturday (September - May):
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

School Tours

School field trips for spring 2020 are booking up quickly! At this time the Boise WaterShed can only accommodate class sizes of 30 students or less on select days for spring 2020 lessons and tours.

River Campus


The 2-acre outdoor River Campus simulates a journey through our watershed from the headwaters to the Snake River using public art and a simulated Boise River water feature in a park-like setting.  Children can crawl through a sewer pipe and make nature art in the nature play pockets within the interactive trail.

Education Center

Education Center


The LEED-Certified education center contains more than 15 hands-on exhibits, a library and a theater. Exhibit highlights include a photo booth to capture yourself hovering over a 3D geothermal aquifer and an augmented reality sandbox! 

Events & Activities


The Boise WaterShed offers free, year-round activities and events for all ages. Visitors can explore the education center and adjacent river campus during normal business hours. Groups of 10 or more people must make a reservation at least two weeks in advance for free lessons and tours. Lessons are conducted on-site, at the nearby Boise River and ponds, or Hyatt Wetlands. Outreach lessons are offered to Boise and West Ada School Districts September - May only.

Bussing reimbursement is available for the 2019-2020 school year.