Local Service Projects

Make a difference right here in Boise by volunteering for local agencies that strive to make our community a better place.  These service projects include meaningful hands-on volunteer work alongside local experts and an education component to identify current issues impacting our community.  Register today using the links below.

Foothills Restoration

Saturday, Nov. 2
8:30 a.m. – approximately 3:00 p.m.

Register now

  • Register today using the link above.  Only 10 spots available.
  • $5 registration fee includes all food, transportation, and equipment.
  • Mandatory pre-trip meeting on Friday, Nov. 1 at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Involvement and Leadership Center

Project Details:

Work alongside the City of Boise’s lead biologist to plant sagebrush, bitterbrush, and perennial bunchgrass seedlings in Hulls Gulch and other open space reserves. These native shrub and grass communities provide food and shelter to a variety of wildlife including mule deer, upland birds, song birds and small mammals. These plantings are an effort to restore wildlife habitat that was previously dominated by non-native and invasive plant species like Russian olives, cheatgrass and cereal rye. Native shrub communities at lower elevations provide critical wintering habitat for big game, migrating birds, and other wildlife; unfortunately, disturbances like development, agriculture conversion, invasive species and wildfire have resulted in the degradation of loss of these habitats.

Monitoring seedlings after planting is an important part of the restoration process. Understanding what conditions result in better seedlings survival helps guide decision-making in future plantings. After seedlings are planted, volunteers will set up monitoring transects and evaluate seedling health.