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.
Please be advised, that due to construction scheduled for the West Boise Sewer Trunk Realignment, closures will be set up on Joplin Road from Ancell Avenue to Aspen Street through October 31. You must access Joplin Road from the light at the intersection of Chinden Blvd. and Cloverdale in order to reach our facility.
Monday - Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Closed Holidays)
Every Third Saturday (WaterShed Weekends) September - May: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Summer Saturdays (June 2 - August 18): 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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.