The Morrison-Knudsen Nature Center is located east of downtown, adjacent to Municipal Park. Entrances are accessible from the park and off the Greenbelt. The Center, encompassing 4.6 acres, features live fish and wildlife exhibits, viewing areas into the water, bird and butterfly gardens, waterfalls, and a free visitor's center. It is open year-long from sunrise to sunset seven days a week. Approximately 300,000 people visit the Center each year. The Nature Center is monitored by cameras set up throughout the area which transmit to closed-circuit television.
The Morrison-Knudsen Nature Center opened in July of 1990 and was established as a collaboration among private, public, state, and federal contributors. Dedicated in 1990 as a Centennial gift to the state of Idaho, the area was conceived and developed by local volunteers working with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. It is now owned and operated by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and also receives funding from hunting and fishing license dollars, nongame money, grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and donations from private individuals and businesses. The Nature Center is named after Morrison-Knudsen Corp., a Boise company.
Learn more about the Morrison-Knudsen Nature Center on the Idaho Department of Fish and Game's website: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/education/mknc/