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The spring field trip calendar is currently full.

Book a fun and educational field trip! Lessons and tours are conducted on-site and virtually. Our on-site lessons take place at the education center, Water Renewal Facility, and the Boise River. Home schools may make a reservation for a self-guided visit or we offer home school programs on select days.

Cost: Free; Bus transportation reimbursement is available for the 2021-2022 school year.

Group size: Field trips are available for groups of 10 to 60 students per visit. The WaterShed requires at least one chaperone for every ten students; please arrange the chaperone/student groups before your arrival. Chaperones are expected to participate and assist with the students during the program.

Reservation Window: Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance and can be held up to a year ahead of time. Field trips are in high demand in the spring, so make sure to make your reservations!

Field trip times: Field trips are booked Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. The typical visit is 1 to 3 hours in length. If your field trip spans lunch time, we are happy to add a lunch time into your schedule. There are several outdoor areas available for your students to eat at picnic tables or on the grass. During inclement weather, students may eat in the classroom or the exhibit hall.

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Steps to schedule a field trip with us:

  1. Choose your grade level below and review the field trip menu.
  2. Click on the lesson or tour that you would like to learn more about. (BWS = The WaterShed; Your Place = outreach to your school; Virtual = virtual lesson) By clicking the lesson or tour title, you’ll be taken to the Boise Environmental Education web page to read a full description and to request it.
  3. Click on the Request button located at the bottom of the lesson or tour description. Note: multiple lessons and tours can be requested in one visit. Most lessons and tours are one hour in length.
  4. Submit the form with information about your group size and grade, preferred dates/times and any other details you’d like to share about your group.

You’ll hear from WaterShed staff within a few days.  Field trips can be customized to meet your needs.  We look forward to your visit – thank you for your interest!

Lessons

Pre-K

Preschool Free Play – Self-guided.  Students can play and explore in our River Campus or Exhibit Hall. BWS


Kindergarten & Grade 1

Exhibit Hall Tour - Tailored to every grade level, students will become knowledgeable about the Boise River watershed, watershed pollution, and explore exhibits in the interactive exhibit hall. BWS

Get in Touch with Nature - Students will learn about local wildlife in the riparian zone at the Boise River. BWS

River Campus Tour  March-October only. Experience the River Campus: splash in the simulated Boise River and explore nature play stations to learn about our watershed. BWS

Water Skippers  June-August only. Students will hike to the Boise River and wade in to collect macro-invertebrates (water bugs) to learn about how they may indicate a healthy or polluted river. BWS


Grade 2

Exhibit Hall Tour – Tailored to every grade level, students will become knowledgeable about the Boise River watershed, watershed pollution, and explore exhibits in the interactive exhibit hall. BWS

Get in Touch with Nature – Students will learn about local wildlife in the riparian zone at the Boise River. BWS

River Campus Tour  March-October only. Come and experience the River Campus, splash in the simulated Boise River and explore nature play stations to learn about our watershed. BWS

Watershed Investigators –​ Students will participate in hands-on activities to understand where water is located on earth, how water can be found in three forms and what a watershed is. BWS/Your Place/Virtual

Water Skippers  June-August only. Students will hike to the Boise River and wade in to collect macro-invertebrates (water bugs) to learn about how they may indicate a healthy or polluted river. BWS


Grade 3

Exhibit Hall Tour – Tailored to every grade level, students will become knowledgeable about the Boise River watershed, watershed pollution, and explore exhibits in the interactive exhibit hall. BWS

River Campus Tour  March-October only. Come and experience the River Campus, splash in the simulated Boise River and explore nature play stations to learn about our watershed. BWS

Watershed Investigators – Students will participate in hands-on activities to understand where water is located on earth, how water can be found in three forms and what a watershed is. BWS/Your Place/Virtual

Water Skippers  June-August only. Students will hike to the Boise River and wade in to collect macro-invertebrates (water bugs) to learn about how they may indicate a healthy or polluted river. BWS

Weather Science – Students will understand what creates weather and make some observations of our local weather. BWS/Your Place/Virtual


Grade 4

Exhibit Hall Tour– Tailored to every grade level, students will become knowledgeable about the Boise River watershed, watershed pollution, and explore exhibits in the interactive exhibit hall. BWS

Explore Your Watershed– Students will make a watershed map and explore stormwater pollution. BWS/Your Place/Virtual

River Campus Tour – March-October only. Come and experience the River Campus, splash in the simulated Boise River and explore nature play stations to learn about our watershed. BWS

Snow Science– Students learn the importance of snow in our watershed and investigate snow on a molecular level. Your Place

Water Conservation: Every Drop Counts– Students will understand the importance of water conservation and take away simple ways to save water around their homes. BWS/Your Place/Virtual

Water Skippers – Students will hike to the Boise River and wade in to collect macro-invertebrates (water bugs) to learn about how they may indicate a healthy or polluted river. BWS


Grade 5

Exhibit Hall Tour – Tailored to every grade level, students will become knowledgeable about the Boise River watershed, watershed pollution, and explore exhibits in the interactive exhibit hall. BWS

Explore Your Watershed – Students will make a watershed map and explore stormwater pollution. BWS/Your Place/Virtual

River Campus Tour  March-October only. Come and experience the River Campus, splash in the simulated Boise River and explore nature play stations to learn about our watershed. BWS

Snow Science – Students learn the importance of snow in our watershed and investigate snow on a molecular level. Your Place

The H2O Below – Get to know groundwater and its important role in our water supply. Your Place

Water Conservation: Every Drop Counts – Students will understand the importance of water conservation and take away simple ways to save water around their homes. BWS/Your Place/Virtual

Water Quality Field Experience – Students will assess the water quality of the Boise River or ponds to better understand how natural and human impacts affect water and the aquatic ecosystem. BWS/Your Place

Water Renewal Facility Tour – Learn about the fascinating process of water renewal and how it helps protect water quality. BWS/Virtual


Grade 6

Exhibit Hall Tour – Tailored to every grade level, students will become knowledgeable about the Boise River watershed, watershed pollution, and explore exhibits in the interactive exhibit hall. BWS

River Campus Tour  March-October only. Come and experience the River Campus, splash in the simulated Boise River and explore nature play stations to learn about our watershed. BWS

Snow Science – Students learn the importance of snow in our watershed and investigate snow on a molecular level. Your Place

The Climate Change Connection Exploring climate change through a systems approach, students will learn about the greenhouse gas effect, local impacts and solutions. BWS/Your Place

The H2O Below – Get to know groundwater and its important role in our water supply. Your Place

Water Conservation: Every Drop Counts – Students will understand the importance of water conservation and take away simple ways to save water around their homes. BWS/Your Place/Virtual

Water Quality Field Experience – Students will assess the water quality of the Boise River or ponds to better understand how natural and human impacts affect water and the aquatic ecosystem. BWS/Your Place

Water Renewal Facility Tour – Learn about the fascinating process of water renewal and how it helps protect water quality. BWS/Virtual

 

Grade 7 - 8

Climate Stories – Students will explore what we can learn from stories, how we can listen to each other, and how to tell their own climate story. BWS/Your Place

Exhibit Hall Tour – Tailored to every grade level, students will become knowledgeable about the Boise River watershed, watershed pollution, and explore exhibits in the interactive exhibit hall. BWS

Geothermal: The Heat Beneath Your Feet – Students will demonstrate where hot water comes from and why it rises to the surface in the form of geysers and hot springs. BWS/Your Place

River Campus Tour  March-October only. Come and experience the River Campus, splash in the simulated Boise River and explore nature play stations to learn about our watershed. BWS

The Climate Change Connection Exploring climate change through a systems approach, students will learn about the greenhouse gas effect, local impacts and solutions. BWS/Your Place

The H2O Below – Get to know groundwater and its important role in our water supply. Your Place

Water Quality Field Experience – Students will assess the water quality of the Boise River or ponds to better understand how natural and human impacts affect water and the aquatic ecosystem. BWS/Your Place

Water Renewal Facility Tour – Learn about the fascinating process of water renewal and how it helps protect water quality. BWS/Virtual


Grade 9 - 12

Climate Stories – Students will explore what we can learn from stories, how we can listen to each other, and how to tell their own climate story. BWS/Your Place

Exhibit Hall Tour – Tailored to every grade level, students will become knowledgeable about the Boise River watershed, watershed pollution, and explore exhibits in the interactive exhibit hall. BWS

River Campus Tour  March-October only. Come and experience the River Campus, splash in the simulated Boise River and explore nature play stations to learn about our watershed. BWS

Water Quality Field Experience – Students will assess the water quality of the Boise River or ponds to better understand how natural and human impacts affect water and the aquatic ecosystem. BWS/Your Place

Water Renewal Facility Tour – Learn about the fascinating process of water renewal and how it helps protect water quality. BWS/Virtual


College/Adult

Climate Stories – Students will explore what we can learn from stories, how we can listen to each other, and how to tell their own climate story. BWS/Your Place

Exhibit Hall Tour – Tailored to every grade level, students will become knowledgeable about the Boise River watershed, watershed pollution, and explore exhibits in the interactive exhibit hall. BWS

River Campus Tour  March-October only. Come and experience the River Campus, splash in the simulated Boise River and explore nature play stations to learn about our watershed. BWS

Water Renewal Facility Tour – Learn about the fascinating process of water renewal and how it helps protect water quality. BWS/Virtual

Water Resources – Students will be introduced to our local water resources in the Boise River watershed. BWS/Your Place