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.

Boise River Clean Up

Saturday, Sept. 21
10 a.m. – approx. 4 p.m.

Make a difference in your community by cleaning up the Boise River after float season ends.  The best part – we will be floating the river via rafts to access all the trash that can’t be accessed from the river banks.  This adventurous service project includes all the equipment and food you need to have fun and stay safe on the river. Further, you will learn about the ecology of the river and the impact this clean up project has on water quality, wildlife, and your own community.

  • Register today.  Only 15 spots available.
  • River Clean Up Registration Form
  • $5 registration fee includes all food, transportation, and equipment.
  • Mandatory pre-trip meeting on Friday, Sept. 20 at 3:30 p.m. at the Outdoor Programs office in Campus Recreation.

Foothills Restoration

Saturday, Nov. 2
9 a.m.

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.

  • Registration will open soon.  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