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.
The Idaho-Oregon Snake River Water Trail is a coalition of partners representing federal and local government agencies, nonprofit organizations, private businesses, and citizens with an interest in the Snake River. The Water Trail Coalition was formed in December 2009. Canyon County Parks was awarded a National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program grant to plan a water trail along the Snake River in Idaho and Oregon, with the goal of helping communities define and influence future river recreation through public planning processes and partnerships. The Idaho-Oregon Snake River Water Trail stretches from Three Island Crossing (ID) to Farewell Bend State Park (OR). Visit our website to launch your Snake River adventure!
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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
The quarterly newsletter of Canyon County Parks, Cultural and Natural Resources.
Ten Great Walks
Canyon County Parks received a Challenge Cost Share Program grant from the National Park Service to produce this guide to Ten Great Walks in the Treasure Valley. The pathways and trails in this guide are part of the Boise River Trails System, a system of pathways on or near the Boise River from Lucky Peak to the Snake River confluence. Ten Great Walks is intended to inspire folks to get outside and use our communities’ terrific outdoor resources, develop an enjoyment of outdoor exercise for good health, and involve our children in outdoor activity to help circumvent childhood obesity and nature deficit disorder.
Stay tuned for news about upcoming exhibits at Celebration Park’s Canyon Crossroads Museum.