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.
Monday - Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Closed Holidays)
Every Third Saturday (WaterShed Weekends): 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WaterShed Action Team
The Boise WaterShed is offering a new program for 2019 called the WaterShed Action Team (WATer Teens). WATer Teens is looking for community members between the ages of 15 and 18 that have an interest in water resources, environmental education, and working with diverse groups of community members. Participants will receive a paid internship, job skills, team building, speaking and presentation skills, and an introduction to Natural Resource professions. The WaterShed Action Team will run programs for WaterShed Wednesday events during June-August of 2019. The program requires a 5-hour time commitment every other Wednesday during the summer (30 hours for the whole summer) along with 12 hours of training from June 3rd to 4th. There will be additional opportunities to work more hours and gain more experience. Interested individuals can follow the link to the job description and application page.
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.
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.