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IBO on the River: The Diane Moore Nature Center

Our Vision

Boise State University’s Intermountain Bird Observatory (IBO) is moving forward with a unique opportunity to create a lasting legacy — outdoors. It is developing one of Boise’s premiere outdoor education destinations: The Diane Moore Nature Center.

IBO’s Research Station at the Diane Moore Nature Center is an outdoor place where everyone can explore and learn in a natural setting, not too far from town. It’s easy to get to, and it’s easy to love.

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The Diane Moore Nature Center

The Boise River Research Station located at the Diane Moore Nature Center meets the need for hands-on learning that teachers request during the school year, and programs meet the State of Idaho science education standards for all grade levels.

The Diane Moore Nature Center is also a perfect spot for community members to immerse themselves in Boise’s beautiful and inspiring river habitat. Whether fly-fishing nearby, enjoying walks on the Greenbelt and nearby city park, or simply enjoying friends and family, The Diane Moore Nature Center is a world-class outdoor classroom.

Diane Moore

As a tribute to the late Diane Moore, the site has been named in her honor. Diane was the wife of local businessman Winston Moore. She felt strongly that IBO’s work with children is vital. She valued every effort to interest and engage children in nature, the great outdoors and “all of God’s creatures.” The Moores provided a gift to the IBO that has been truly transformational, creating both stability and recognition.

Support the Legacy

The Diane Moore Nature Center embodies Boise’s Open Space Values: Wellness, Ecosystem Health, Wildlife Connectivity, Economic Vibrancy, Culture, Sense of Place, and Social Connections.

Develop Year-round Education Programs

Host K-12 students, university students, and the public to the site annually as part of a formal outdoor community education outreach program.

Provide Human Access

Develop 1.3 miles of gravel trails with elevated boardwalks, wildlife viewing structures, and interpretive signs that avoid and protect sensitive wetlands in the critical open space near the Greenbelt and Boise River. Maintain river habitat for fish health and improve river access for fishing.

Habitat Restoration

Improve fish habitat and water quality by deepening and rewatering a historic river side channel, improve riparian habitat, restore shrub-steppe uplands, and create pollinator gardens.

Thanks to a gift from Micron Technology in October 2020, our dreams of a side channel are becoming a reality!

How You Can Help

Tax Spotlight

Take Advantage of the Idaho Education Tax Credit

Donations to Boise State University and IBO qualify for a 50% tax credit — a reduction in the actual tax you owe. If you itemize your taxes, a donation to Boise State allows income tax deductions on both your state and federal returns, plus a 50% Idaho income tax credit. This video is available with captions and a transcript.