Boise is filled with family-friendly activities and adventures! Having a day packed with fun things to do is always great, but it can be made even better if what you’re doing makes a real beneficial impact to your local neighbors. Make a resolution this year to do more for the community around you. Here are five exciting things you can do around Boise that are inexpensive, fun, and helpful to your fellow humans.

Discover science. Discover fun.

Photo courtesy of the Discovery center website.

If you love science and fun, the Discovery Center of Idaho is the perfect place for you. The Discovery Center has been helping Idaho’s children learn more about the STEM fields for decades. They always have exciting exhibits for kids of all ages. If you volunteer there, you will be guaranteed to have a great time and learn more about how the world around you works. Right now, they have an exhibit that’s all about water and hydro physics. According to their website, they have over a dozen unique interactive exhibits that keep water science fresh. Learn more about volunteering here and discover what you can do for Idaho.


The Life Aquatic.

Photo courtesy of the Boise Aquarium website


Boise has a great aquarium! The facility is over 10,000 square feet and boasts over 250 different species of animals. If you love animals or just want to know more about them, then volunteering at the Boise Aquarium is a perfect way to spend the afternoon. Why buy a ticket when you could spend time with the animals for free, and help them get fed, and cared for to boot! For information about volunteering, click here and fill out the form.


Birds of a feather have fun together (volunteering).


Ever wanted to learn more about the great birds of prey of Idaho? A unique opportunity awaits you at the Velma Morrison Interpretive Center. It’s an indoor/outdoor education center that seeks to preserve and foster Idaho’s great animals of the air. Volunteers can help in a variety of ways, including gift shop ambassador, tour guide, or docent. Learn more here!


 Go green! (For plants.)

Photo Courtesy of the Idaho Botanical Garden Website


If you’ve got a green thumb, or just want to know more about how to care for Idaho’s great plants, then consider spending some time volunteering at the Idaho Botanical Garden. Not only is it one of the most beautiful places in the state, it is a leading force for providing “a full garden experience for all ages that enhances community quality of life through plant collections, our education programs, and our entertainment, cultural and community events (” They always need volunteers and have a great sign up program found here.


Choose your own adventure.


Look, you don’t have to go through a whole process of filling out paperwork or scheduling through an official channel to do some good in this world. The Boise Greenbelt is renowned for its beauty and serenity and is always in need of a helping hand. Grab a few friends and some trash bags and take in the glorious sights along the greenbelt as you pick up all the litter you see. As a bonus, why not pick up some hotdogs and hamburgers and have a picnic to celebrate at one of the many parks along the greenbelt when you’re done? You can give back to the community and have a lovely day taking in nature as well. Learn more about the greenbelt here.


Boise is a great place to have fun while also volunteering! We hope you have a great time with friends and family making the world a little bit better.