Bogus Basin Ski Area

The Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation (formerly known as BBSRA) is a program for people of all ages who want to compete in alpine ski racing and freestyle skiing. As an organization dedicated to providing top-level coaching to athletes, participants are primarily high-school age and younger. These participants compete as members of the Bogus Basin Ski Team, using Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area as their home mountain for training. The primary function of the BBSRA is to promote good citizenship, with the emphasis on training in athletics and physical fitness. Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area does NOT run BBSEF.

The program includes training sessions both on and off the hill that promote activities to improve the individual's capabilities for skiing, racing and freestyle. These activities encompass general fitness training, on snow drills, gate training, mogul training, aerial training, demonstrations, race rules, athlete responsibility, and sportsmanship.

The BBSEF offers Varsity alpine, Junior Varsity alpine, Mitey Mite, Varsity freestyle and Junior Varsity freestyle participants the opportunity to achieve their highest potential as athletes and competitors while keeping the training sessions fun and full of energy.

See the BBSEF website for more information about their programs.

The Bogus Basin Park Safety Education Program helps provide a safer and more enjoyable environment for all guests using our terrain park. As the first resort in Idaho to offer a terrain park safety-based program, Bogus Basin lives up to the old saying "safety first, fun second." Education is an important aspect of managing safe terrain parks.

Mtn Dew Terrain Park

Ride the rails...grab and go...catch some air! A TOP to BOTTOM terrain park with rails, boxes, barrels, jumps and more with access from Deer Point #1 or Showcase #4 lifts . The park offers different lines with varied features for all levels of freestyle skiers and riders and most of the terrain is lit at night. Check our grooming report page for closures due to weather and snow conditions. NOTE: The parks are closed from 4:00pm - 4:30pm daily for grooming and maintenance.

Summer Recreation

JR SIMPLOT LODGE (June 6th to September 6th)

The JR Simplot lodge will be open Thursdays and Fridays, 4pm to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 7pm. Lodge amenities include an expanded menu inside the lodge featuring fresh soups, sandwiches and salads in addition to a full bar, billiards, and darts. Additionally, sunscreen, bike patch kits, energy
bars and bike shuttle tickets will be available for purchase. All ages are welcome.


Three all-day music events are planned for the St. Luke's Don Scott Memorial Amphitheater: July 4th, August 1st, and September 5th. On these days, the Deerpoint Chair (#1) will operate for scenic rides and mountain bike transport, and local retailers and vendors will be on site. Cost for an all-day pass is $25. Single ride chairlift ride tickets cost $10. Chairlift hours of operation for chairlift are 11:00am-4:30pm. All ages welcome.


Beginning June 13th a bike shuttle will run from the Simplot Lodge to Pioneer Lodge Saturdays and Sundays from 11am– 5pm. Cost: $25 per day for unlimited rides/$10 single ride. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Simplot Lodge. All ages welcome.



The 25-mile Boise River Greenbelt is one of Boise's most beloved parks. The tree-lined pathway follows the river through the heart of the city and provides scenic views, wildlife habitat and pedestrian access to many of the city's popular riverside parks. The Greenbelt also serves as an alternative transportation route for commuters.

  • Boise River Greenbelt Map

As you walk along the Boise River Greenbelt with its towering trees, lush riparian areas and abundant wildlife, you may get a sense that this beautiful setting has always been here for us to enjoy. However, until the 1960s, the river and its banks served as a convenient dumping ground for trash, industrial waste and raw sewage. The riverbank was severely degraded by years of neglect.

In 1964, the city hired a consultant to write a comprehensive plan and update Boise's zoning ordinance. The consultant suggested that the city acquire land along the Boise River to create a continuous "green belt" of public lands stretching the entire length of the community. Soon, a local grassroots effort to clean up the waterway and create public access to the river corridor began to take hold. This vision caught on and in 1966 and 1967 three small parcels of land were donated to the city to launch a "green belt."

With public interest and support growing, the first Greenbelt Plan and Guidelines were adopted in 1968 by the Board of Parks Commissioners. A Greenbelt and Pathways Committee was appointed in 1969 to guide the City of Boise as it worked to develop the Greenbelt. In 1971, the first Greenbelt ordinance was adopted requiring a minimum setback of 70 feet for all structures and parking areas. The City of Boise continued to slowly piece together a patchwork of land along the corridor using several methods of acquisition, including purchase, exchange, leasing and receiving donations of property by individuals, civic groups and corporations.

In 2001, a new directional and site location system was put in place on the Greenbelt within Boise City limits to help Greenbelt users know exactly where they are in case they need to call for help. The Distance and Orientation Trail System (DOTS) is a series of 20-inch white spots painted onto the Greenbelt pavement every tenth of a mile. Inside the white spots are black numbers and letters that describe the user's location on the Greenbelt.

The numbers represent how far that spot is from zero -- the 8 th Street pedestrian bridge. The letters inside the spot indicate what sector of the Greenbelt it is on, such as the northwest quadrant,or the southeast quadrant.

The Greenbelt is maintained by the Boise Parks & Recreation Department working in conjunction with local land owners and public agencies to expand and improve the existing pathway.

Have fun and improve your health on a self-directed 10-mile bike ride or hike while looking for clues on a historic scavenger hunt! This list of clues and a map will help you learn more about the history of our community.


The Art Center provides tons of fun for kids with our extensive offering of youth art classes. Want to get your young person started in art? Enroll them in our many preschool classes such as: ABC's of Shape, Busy Bakers, Art Smart, Holiday Story Factory and much more.

For the older children (ages 9-12 years) the Art Center provides many different opportunities to explore art with classes like: Art & Animals, Clay, Pottery for Kids, Drawing & Painting, Sculpture, Mask Making, Art Sampler and much more.

Parent/Child Art

Mom, Dad, or Grandparents, bring your budding young artist to the Art Center for fun filled classes full of many different art activities. Children can start as young as 2 1/2 years of age by enrolling in our many popular Parent/Child classes such as: Art Start, Fun Factory, Holiday Fun Crafts, Stories That Come Alive, Clay Mates and much more. Students will create one-of-a-kind art projects that will be cherished for years to come.

View a list of all available classes , then narrow your search via available search criteria.

For registration details visit our Online Registration page.


Fall for Nature (3 1/2- 6 years)

Participants will have the opportunity to study BATS, SPIDERS, and OWLS. For the BATS class we will study all about bats and the 14 kinds found in Idaho. In the SPIDERS class we will study spider anatomy, make an anatomically correct spider and take a hike to look for spiders. If spiders are brought in we will try to find out what kind they are. In the OWLS class we will study some of the owls of Idaho, do an owl craft, and dissect a real owl pellet. Classes include singing, hiking, a story, a craft, a game and hands-on experiences.

Participants will need to bring a sack lunch and water bottle. In the spirit of being green, please bring a refillable water bottle. We will be spending time outside so please come ready for the weather and wear closed toed shoes.

View a list of all available classes , then narrow your search via available search criteria.

For registration details visit our Online Registration page.

Martial Arts

Learn the principles and techniques of Shotokan Karate. Classes focus on the development of self-defense, self discipline and physical fitness. Open to beginning level students. Sessions are offered on an ongoing basis throughout the year.

View a list of all available classes , then narrow your search via available search criteria.

For registration details visit our Online Registration page.

Mountain Biking

Explore the single track trails of the Boise Foothills and learn new skills, including bike maintenance, technical skills, safety, first aid, trail etiquette, fitness and nutrition. Enjoy the outdoors with other young people in a fun and positive way!

View a list of all available classes , then narrow your search via available search criteria.

For registration details visit our Online Registration page.

Drop-In Activities

Preschool Open Gym

Toddlers and their parents and grandparents will have a blast playing on preschool sized gym equipment. We have balls of all sizes, jumpropes and other fun stuff too! Drop by for 10 minutes or two hours -- it's up to you. Open Gym runs from October through April. Cost is $1.00 per child. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-11:00 am at Fort Boise Community Center.

Neighborhood Open Gyms

Supervised open gym play for elementary school aged youth. Drop in for 20 minutes or longer. Open gym is from November through March, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas break. All gyms will be closed on holidays. All sites will have closure dates posted.

Open Gym is a service free of charge, provided by a partnership of the Boise Independent School District and Boise Parks & Recreation. For more information call 208-608-7652.



Theater experiences give young people a chance to try on other personalities and traits, to explore their feelings, and to be involved in the backstage workings of a production.

Youth who participate in theater classes and performances are usually more self-assured, more comfortable in front of groups or audiences, and have a real can do attitude about them.

Visit Online Registration for a detailed listing of classes offered.


Young people involved in dance experiences develop a better sense of body awareness, rhythm, balance, flexibility and appreciation for music and the arts. Dance is known to help young people excel at other athletic activities because of their ability to get their bodies to do what they want them to do and by building self-confidence.

Dance classes are held in 8 week sessions beginning in the fall. New enrollments cannot be accepted after the second week in February so students can prepare for the annual recital in May.

Dance Attire
For information on class attire please contact Fort Boise Community Center, 208-608-7680.
For youth dance classes, shorts and t-shirts or one piece play suits are acceptable. Leotards, tights, and ballet shoes are required to participate in recitals.

Tap students must have tap shoes and wear clothes that allow comfortable movement.

Jazz and hip hop students should wear clothes that allow for plenty of movement.

Dance Recital
A dance recital is held in May, at the end of the season. The show is free and the public is invited to attend. Students pay a $5 recital fee, additional costuming fee may be required.

For registration details visit our Online Registration page.


Boise Parks & Recreation offers a variety of youth camps. They are categorized by theme: Art, Culture, Science & Construction, Cycling, Fitness & Adventure, Nature, Performing Arts and Zoo Boise.

View a list of all available camps , then narrow your search via available search criteria.


Beginners: Learn the basics of tennis; grip, stroke techniques, serving, and movement. Classes are arranged by age group.

Advanced-Intermediate: Ages 8-16: For students who lack consistency in a rally but can coordinate footwork when contacting the ball on the forehand and backhand. Students can keep score, serve (but frequently double fault), and understand the basic rules. There will be some emphasis on game playing.

All participants may enter any of the end-of-session tournaments, called Treasury Valley Junior Circuits. By playing in one of the TVJC's, your child will qualify to play in the Idaho Grand Prix. Registration forms available at the Fort Boise Community Center, or Idaho Tennis Association . Call 208-322-5150 ext 206 for more information.

View a list of all available classes , then narrow your search via available search criteria.

For registration details visit our Online Registration page.

Tennis Court Reservations
Please call Fort Boise Community Center for tennis court reservations at 208-608-7680.


Boise Parks and Recreation operates six outdoor swimming pools during the summer months. Borah , Fairmont , Ivywild , and the Natatorium Pools are wheelchair accessible. From September to May, residents can access the Boise City Aquatic Center at the West YMCA .

Swim lessons are available at all six pools from June - August. Eight 25-minute classes are offered Mondays-Thursdays in two-week sessions. Classes are taught by certified instructors. To register for swim lessons, see our online registration system or call Fort Boise Community Center at (208) 608-7680.

Youth season swim passes start at $30 for Boise city residents. Family passes and non-resident passes also are available.

Click here to view more information on Boise Pools.

For registration details visit our Online Registration page.

Adaptive Recreation

Boise Parks & Recreation's Adaptive Recreation program provides a wide range of recreational, social and educational programs for youth and adults with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities can choose to participate with one of our adaptive recreation programs which are specifically designed for someone with a disability or utilize inclusion services in which accommodations may be provided so that an individual with a disability can fully participate in any of Boise Parks & Recreation's programs.

Click here to view more information about Adaptive Recreation Programs and activities.



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