Bogus Basin’s community outreach programs extend as far back as the 1960’s, impacting the lives of countless children, teens, and families.
Some of our current programs include:
Connecting kids to nature through snow with hands-on outdoor education. During the 2021/2022 winter season 2,400 students participated from Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Star, and Garden City schools. 38% of the kids were from Title I Schools and received full tuition waivers from Bogus Basin.
During the 2021 summer season the Environmental Education Department was able to engage over 100 people in Guided Nature Hikes. Topics ranged from edible plants to butterfly ecology and reached participants both young and old.
During the summer of 2021 Bogus Basin partnered with local yoga studios to treat the community to free hour long yoga sessions. More than 1,100 people participated in weekly offering on Saturdays and Sundays and Thursday evenings.
A free concert series, with five multi group shows, over the summer. During the 2021 summer series over 4,500 guests enjoyed these fun days on the mountain.
During the summer of 2021 Bogus Basin partnered with the Boise Philharmonic to provide a free concert, with over 750 guests attending. Boise Contemporary Theater hosted a Reading on the Mountain in August to 70 guests that was a start to a new summer partnership.
New for the 2022 winter, this was a very popular offering for a small fee which included snowshoe rental, a guided educational tour, and basic instruction.
A pilot program with the Boise School District took place spring of 2019. Over 60 sixth grade students from a Title One school had a hands on science experience on the mountain, including a one night stay in the Pioneer Lodge. All costs were covered by a generous grant from the Idaho STEM Action Center. This program will continue with the Boise School District when school field trips resume. This program is working to come back after a break due to COVID.
Positively influencing children to choose healthy, family-oriented activities – including rentals, day tickets, lessons, and transportation at a highly discounted rate. Approximately 5,000 student lessons were given in the winter of 2021/2022. Students represented 100 school groups and were provided approximately $7,000 in scholarships from Bogus Basin.
Continued targeted outreach programs connecting students from Title I schools and Boise City Community Centers to established educational programs on the mountain. Providing financial assistance, transportation facilitation, and registration.
In the winter of 2022 this program embraced over 1,400 junior high and high school students who competed in alpine, Nordic, and freestyle race events and competitions for their schools. Bogus Basin provides reduced priced tickets, free equipment rental, and scholarship opportunities.
Students from throughout the Boise School District who achieve academic benchmarks earn an all-expenses-paid day at Bogus Basin with equipment rental, ski and snowboard lessons, lunch, and transportation. Four full day sessions brought nearly 400 students to the mountain in winter 2020. Transportation challenges canceled the program for the 2021/2022 winter season.
BASE is the adaptive ski and snowboard program at Bogus Basin for children and adults with physical and/or developmental disabilities. During the 2021/2022 88 students received 304 lessons.