school group

Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Due to capacity limits, we may not be able to accommodate large groups who have not made a reservation. To facilitate a fun and safe visit, we’ve established the following guidelines to assist you with scheduling your group visit. 

Make a reservation by contacting us between 9:30 a.m – 4:30 p.m, Monday – Friday (except holidays).

Group Size

Minimum of 10 people, Maximum of 90. Large groups will be split into smaller groups and rotated through the activities.

Lessons and Packages

Groups can choose from our recommended group lesson packages or create a custom schedule from our numerous lesson and tour offerings. Note: We can build a lunch or break period into any of our lesson packages at your request.


The minimum number of chaperones are listed below; however, extra chaperones are always welcome. 

  •  Preschool (Ages 3½ - 6) and Kindergarten: 1 adult (minimum) per 10 students
  •  Elementary through High School: 1 adult (minimum) per 15 students


Arriving by bus: At the main entryway gate, take an immediate right turn onto the paved drive.  The bus should follow the outer perimeter paved loop to drop off the students in the passenger unloading zone.  This drop-off area is located at the base of a ramp for students to safely access the main entrance to the Boise WaterShed. Once students have exited the bus, the bus should loop back around the pavement once more, and park on the outer loop with one half of the bus parked in the dirt so traffic may pass. (Map)

Arriving by car or van: At the main entryway gate, take an immediate right turn onto the paved drive.  Follow the paved outer perimeter until you see access to the brick paver parking area.  Park in one of the 25 marked stalls.  Overflow parking is marked along the fence close to the paved drive where you entered. 

Dining areas

Outside picnic areas are available on the plaza courtyard and front lawn. Students can consume food and drinks inside the Boise WaterShed Theater if it is available.

Outreach Lessons at Your Site

Staff can visit schools and organizations within Boise, Meridian, Garden City, and Eagle city limits. Note: Boise WaterShed outreach is limited to two outreach lessons per class per year.

For a list of lessons, visit the Lessons and Tours database. Under the heading "Search by Learning Location" select both "Boise Watershed" and "Your classroom". Select a lesson and either complete the Lesson Request form or contact us to request a classroom visit.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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