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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Canyon County Parks’ place-based, academic field trips are available by reservation only (free of charge) to schools and other education-focused organizations. To browse our offerings, visit our Field Trips webpage.
We also partner with Boise State University’s Desert Studies Institute to provide educational programs and scholarly presentations about the prehistory, history, ecology and politics of Idaho’s desert environments and deserts worldwide. The programs are presented to enrich the understanding and appreciation of complex desert ecosystems in Idaho and to promote their perpetual preservation as educational resources for the future. For more information, visit the Desert Studies Institute homepage.
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!
The following websites provide additional resources and information for southwest Idaho recreationists (all links below are external
- Boater Information
- Boise River Enhancement Network
- City of Caldwell Parks and Recreation
- City of Nampa Parks and Recreation
- Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge
- Idaho Birding Trail
- Idaho Fish and Game
- Idaho Power
- 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
- The Peregrine Fund
- Snake River Canyon Scenic Byway
- Southwest Idaho Resource Conservation and Development
- Swan Falls Dam
- Water Flows
- Water / Irrigation
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.
For information on Canyon County’s Historic Preservation Commission, visit our webpage.
Stay tuned for news about upcoming exhibits at Celebration Park’s Canyon Crossroads Museum.