First SnowSchool training of the season

Tuesday, December 15th is our first training day for SnowSchool. The Boise WaterShed and The Foothills Learning Center have generously offered to present their pre-trip lessons to our volunteers and interns. This will provide more background and information on what the students coming up to SnowSchool have been introduced to allowing you to incorporate these lessons into your on-snow teaching.

Tuesday, December 15th
10:30-12:30 (approximately one hour per lesson)
Bogus Basin downtown sales office (2600 N. Bogus Basin Rd.)
Come in through the front doors and the sales office will direct you to the conference room.


2016 SnowSchool Season

Welcome to another season of snowshoeing, belly sliding, teaching, and sharing your passion for winter and the outdoors with young ones. SnowSchool planning is in full swing to ensure this upcoming season is one of the best.

We're in the makings of the largest season of SnowSchool yet! The program would not be where it's at today without your continual dedication and outstanding leadership. Thank you! 

We'll have our annual Veteran Volunteer Orientation at the Bogus Basin downtown office (2600 N. Bogus Basin Rd.) on November 18th7-8pm. At this gathering we'll chat about the upcoming season, new additions to the program, and you can sign up for leadership dates. 

I also wanted to let you know that I will be giving two presentations at REI to interested parties about becoming a SnowSchool volunteer. Not that this is something for you guys to attend, but wanted to let you know in the event that you have any family and friends that are interested in volunteering. If you do know of individuals or groups that might be interested, please invite them to the REI presentations (November 4 and December 9 at 7pm, REI on Milwaukee and Emerald).

Here are the training dates:

Activities Day (choose one): Saturdays, December 19th or January 2nd                                                Pre-trip lesson presentations: Tuesday, December 15th, 10:30am, Bogus Basin downtown office (2600 N. Bogus Basin Rd.)                                                                                                                                 Build the igloo: Sunday, January 3rd
Hydrology and ecology: Monday, January 4th
Week of January 4th: Veteran led groups with new interns and volunteers shadowing. This first week is huge in terms of numbers, 210 in the first 4 days! We'll need lots of veteran volunteers on-hand to show the new folks the ropes. 

Thanks so much for making SnowSchool such an incredible program! Looking forward to seeing and catching up with you all!



New Volunteer Leader Orientation

Wondering what SnowSchool is all about? Wondering how you can join this unique and exciting program?

Join us for a slideshow presentation to learn what it takes to become a volunteer leader with SnowSchool. Leading SnowSchool field trips at Bogus Basin is a great way to share your passion for snowshoeing and the outdoors with the next generation of winter enthusiasts. This presentation will cover volunteer responsibilities, training schedule, and what to expect from a school field trip. FREE

There's sNOw better time to volunteer!

REI 8300 W. Emerald, Boise, ID 83704

November 4th, 7pm and December 9th, 7pm


Summer Camp Education Speciailst position available

Do you enjoy working with kids and teens? Would you rather spend the day running through the forest and hiking than be indoors? Do you have a passion for nature and enjoy sharing that with others? If you exclaimed, "yes!", to these questions Mountain Discovery Camp may be just the summer job you're looking for.

                                                                                                         Photo by Katelyn Taylor

The Bogus Basin Mountain Discovery Camp program is now in its eighth year and aims to get kids outside, active, and learning about the wonders of nature in the Boise National Forest. Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is seeking exceptionally passionate individuals to help engage hundreds of local youth in this critically important environmental education program. The Education Specialist will work alongside Mountain Discovery Camp directors to facilitate exceptional outdoor experiences for youth campers and university interns, as well as assist the directors with various program logistics and camp preparation. Individuals will develop outdoor leadership skills, teaching skills, and knowledge of local ecology and natural history. With your help local kids will spend their days studying mysterious animal tracks, exploring mountain ecology, learning important survival skills, hiking to the top of Mores Mountain, and making new friends. Come join us!

To apply for the Mountain Discovery Camp Education Specialist postion please fill out the online application by following this link:

and send your resume to Ilyse at

Summer intership placements also avilable. Email for more information.                            


Check out Mountain Discovery Camp in action!

Last spring, Bogus Basin's Outdoor Learning programs- SnowSchool and Mountain Discovery Camp, were the proud recipients of Idaho Power's Powering Tomorrow Grants. It is thanks to such generous and invested community support from organizations, such as Idaho Power, that we can offer affordable, exciting outdoor experiences for the youth of the Treasure Valley. 

Mountain Discovery Camp is featured in a short video that highlights two other recipients of the Powering Tomorrow Grant. Check it out to see our summer program in action (Mountain Discovery Camp is the last organization featured in this video; be sure to stick around to view it)

For those that are interested in signing up a child (9-12 years old) for Mountain Discvoery Camp or a teen (12-16 years old) for Mountain Discovery Teen Camp, you can do so through Boise Parks and Recreation's Summer Activity Guide. You can sign your child up online by following the link below. Keyword Seach: mountain discovery camp Keyword Search Options: Match All Words. Registration opens April 20th.

Don't miss out! Come join us at Bogus Basin for a summer you're sure to never forget!