Parks, Cultural & Natural Resources
MISSION Canyon County Parks, Cultural and Natural Resources is dedicated to preserving the cultural and
natural resources of our County as recreational and educational opportunities for our citizens and visitors.
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Boise River Trails
The Boise River Trails is a Treasure Valley-wide non-motorized system of trails along the Boise River. The long-range plan encourages local communities to identify trail routes and to coordinate planning and development with neighboring communities.
Ten Great Walks in the Treasure Valley
In 2009, RTCA helped the Boise River Trail Coalition develop a long-term vision for a 63-mile system of trails connecting Treasure Valley communities along or near the Boise River. A year after the Boise River Trails plan was signed by eight mayors and two county commissions, the coalition was inspired to produce a booklet promoting the health benefits of walking by showcasing ten local trails.
Canyon County Parks, Cultural and Natural Resources championed the effort, successfully winning a $24,000 matching grant from the NPS Challenge Cost Share Program. St. Luke’s Hospital donated additional printing funds and designed front and back covers with a strong “Get Out and Walk” message. Central and Southwest Health Districts, along with Idaho Department of Transportation, also joined the effort.
The Boise Weekly published 30,000 copies of the booklet as an insert in one of their summer editions, and electronic versions are now available on partner websites.
“NPS helped us build a coalition in the Treasure Valley to promote community trail connections along with the idea that these trails are actually good for you!”
–Tom Bicak, Canyon County Parks, Cultural and Natural Resources Director
Click Here to read it now.
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City of Caldwell Parks and Rec
City of Nampa Parks and Rec
Cleo’s Ferry Museum and Nature Trail at Walter’s Ferry
Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge
Idaho Birding Trail
Idaho Fish and Game
Idaho Recreation and Parks Association
Idaho State Parks
Marine Patrol – Canyon County Sheriff’s Office
Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area
Snake River Canyon Scenic Byway
Southwest Idaho Resource Conservation and Development
Swan Falls Dam
Water / Irrigation
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Canyon County Historical Society
Desert Studies Institute
Greenleaf – History
Idaho Archaeological Society
Idaho Association of Museums
Idaho State Historical Society
Melba Historical Society and Museum
Old Fort Boise Days
Owyhee County Historical Museum & Library
Participate: Historic Preservation Plan Update
Canyon County’s Historic Preservation Commission is in the process of updating the 1992 countywide preservation plan. The HPC is seeking input from the community. A public meeting will be held at the Canyon County Administration Building on Thursday, January 11th, 2018. Come to the Public Meeting Room on the first floor from 5 pm to 8 pm to make your voice heard! You can also participate via an online survey, at https://www.canyonco.org/hpc/.
Canyon Crossroads Museum: Current Exhibit
Deer Flat Master Naturalist Chapter
Canyon County Parks is partnering with the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, and The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum to bring the Idaho Master Naturalist Program to the western end of the Treasure Valley. The 2018 program starts in February! For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or view the Deer Flat Master Naturalist Chapter Flyer.