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In 2016, Zoo Boise is celebrating 100 years in Boise!  Zoo Boise’s mission is to connect our visitors with animals to inspire and involve our community in the conservation of wildlife worldwide.  Our programs strive to fulfill the zoo’s mission by providing unique, fun and engaging nature-focused experiences that foster appreciation for animals and their environments as well as raise awareness of conservation issues and possible solutions.  Zoo program activities include up-close animal encounters, zoo tours, nature walks, ecology games and simulations, science-based investigations & explorations, zookeeper presentations and some interesting Zoo Boise history.

Zoo Boise Summer 2016 Education Programs

Registration for Summer 2016 Education Programs are now open!

Click Here to Register for Zoo Boise Education Programs

To register in person visit the Fort Boise Community Center (700 Robbins Road) or call (208) 608-7680.

Education programs generously sponsored by:

Zoo Critter College for Little Learners (Entering kindergarten or 1st)

Color me wild! Explore the rainbow found in the world of animals through up-close animal encounters, fun-filled games, stories, and craft projects, Critter College introduces children to the world of animals.  Kids only!  Class Size:  Minimum 8, Maximum 15
Cost per person: $30 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $35 for nonresidents.

Red Panda

Climb into the bamboo forests of Asia to demystify the red panda.
06/16/2016, Thursday, 10am – 12pm

Orange Tiger

Stalk the mysterious life of tigers.
06/23/2016, Thursday, 10am – 12pm

Yellow Lion

Laze with the lions learning about these powerful predators.
06/30/2016, Thursday, 10am – 12pm

Green Frog

Jump into the world of frogs and discover their secrets.
07/14/2016, Thursday, 10am – 12pm

Blue Bird

Fly to the tree tops to find out about these feathered friends.
07/21/2016, Thursday, 10am – 12pm

Purple Butterly

Float into our Butterfly in Bloom exhibit and observe these graceful animals!
07/28/2016, Thursday, 10am – 12pm

Black & White Zebra

See what makes zebras stand out in the animal world.
08/04/2016, Thursday, 10am – 12pm

Brown Lizard

Bask in the sun while exploring these amazing lizards.
08/11/2016, Thursday, 10am – 12pm

Zoo Camps (Entering Grades 2-7)

The Mighty Jungle

Mowgli of The Jungle Book and Tarzan of the Apes. You’ve seen the movies and read the books of these legendary adventurers who grew up in the deep forests of India & Africa.   Experience the jungle through their eyes and compare to the real-life animals that call “the mighty jungle” as home.  From pythons and monkeys of Africa to sloth bears and tigers of India, we’ll explore fact versus fantasy of natural forests and humans living alongside wild animals through activities based in science as well as the arts of literature and film. NOTE: This camp is shortened to 4 days due the Independence Day holiday.
Cost per person:  FoZB passholder & City of Boise residents $155, nonresidents $175
07/05/2016 – 07/08/2016, 9:00am – 4:30pm

African Adventure

Take an imaginary expedition to Africa!  Enjoy your epic adventure as we trek through rainforests, savannahs and deserts.  We will gaze at graceful giraffes, create and provide a lion enrichment feast, dance with the cranes and visit many more African animals.   This experience also includes exploring the variety of African cultures and their connections with animals through art and storytelling as well as companions.   Discover how you and many other zoo visitors are playing a part in restoring African wildlife at Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa!
Cost per person: FoZB passholder & City of Boise residents $190, nonresidents $215
07/25/2016 – 07/29/2016, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Zoo Camps (Entering Grades 2-4)

Junior Zookeeping

What is it like to work at a zoo?  With this program, you will learn how to design and create exhibits, make diets, identify scat, train animals, make enrichment toys for animals, meet some of the people who work at the zoo and find out how zoos and their visitors are helping to protect animals in the wild. Families are invited into Zoo Boise to view camper-created exhibits on the last day of camp.  Minimum 10, Maximum 26
Cost per person: FoZB passholder & City of Boise residents $190, nonresidents $215
06/06/2016 – 06/10/2016, 9:00am – 4:30pm
06/27/2016 – 07/01/2016, 9:00am – 4:30pm

07/11/2016 – 07/15/2016, 9:00am – 4:30pm
08/01/2016 – 08/05/2016, 9:00am – 4:30pm


Investigate all that is gross and yucky about animals!  Nasty stuff like animal innards, vomit, poop & blood.  Weird animal diets such as worms, rats and slimy fish.  Engage your senses to the fullest by exploring the many different tools and methods animal biologists use to study and provide care to animals at the zoo and in their natural habitats.   It all may be “disgusting” but it is all very necessary for animal survival. Prepare to get those hands dirty!
Cost per person: FoZB passholder & City of Boise residents $190, nonresidents $215
07/18/2016 – 07/22/2016, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Animal Olympics

As people from many countries come together this summer to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, we will explore the athletic feats of wild animals from around the world.  Animals use specialized tools and behavior, including teamwork and competition, in order to live in the deepest sea, driest desert, and highest mountains – and they do this not for medals but to stay alive!  We’ll explore animal habitats, adaptations for survival and test our own skills on the “Animal Olympic Training Course”.
Cost per person: FoZB passholder & City of Boise residents $190, nonresidents $215
08/08/2016 – 08/12/2016, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Zoo Camps (Entering Grades 5-7)

Zookeeping Other Wild Careers

Interested in a career working with animals?  With this program, you will learn all there is to know about zookeeping and also explore other careers involving animals & wildlife conservation. Try your hand as a wildlife biologist, a zoo veterinarian, wildlife educator, exhibit designer & creator and more!  Family are invited into Zoo Boise to view camper-created exhibits and other projects on the last day of camp.   Minimum 10, maximum 26.
Cost per person: FoZB passholder & City of Boise residents $190, nonresidents $215
06/13/2016 – 06/17/2016, 9:00am – 4:30pm
07/18/2016 – 07/22/2016, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Animals & Technology

Are technology & animal wildlife compatible?  Yes!  Get your techno-geek on and learn how cell phones, GPS, microscopes, cameras, laptops and other technologies are applied to reveal the hidden world of animals and support wildlife conservation efforts.   Using wildlife camera traps to identify animals in a habitat, microscopes to determine health of zoo animals, and GPS to track animal movements are just a few examples of what’s in store for techno-savvy campers.  At the end of the week, family and friends are invited to attend an Animals & Technology Conference in which campers will present projects conducted or created throughout the week.  Minimum 10, maximum 26.
Cost per person: FoZB passholder & City of Boise residents $190, nonresidents $215
06/20/2016 – 06/24/2016, 9:00am – 4:30pm


Let’s enjoy the wonderful world of cats! Find out what makes cats the ultimate predator and how they are the same (or different) from house cats. Explore wild cat habitats, test your “cat” skills, create a special treat for a Zoo Boise cat, and create your own cat-themed art. Delve into the science of cat conservation and how it is being applied to protecting cats all over the world including Zoo Boise’s sponsored conservation project in Gorongosa National Park, Africa. You will also have the exclusive opportunity to interview the zookeepers who care for the variety of felines living at Zoo Boise: snow leopards, lions, tigers, servals and ocelots.
Cost per person: FoZB passholder & City of Boise residents $190, nonresidents $215
07/11/2016 – 07/15/2016, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Zoo Youth Camps with Community Partners

PARK EXPLORERS: Art, Animals & History

Zoo Boise, Boise Art Museum, Basque Museum & Cultural Center
Be an active explorer of artwork, animal wildlife, and culture! This camp highlights some of the cultural institutions in and around Julia Davis Park.  Students will have a chance to learn more about each organization through hands-on activities and interactive experiences. Each day will be spent discovering a new location, including the Boise Art Museum, Zoo Boise, and the Basque Museum & Cultural Center. Participants will begin and end each day at the Boise Art Museum. Pre-registration is required, beginning late March, through Boise Art Museum at www.boiseartmuseum.org. Pre-registration required by Friday, June 10.  Members of participating intuitions may receive the discounted member rate for this camp. Please indicate institution membership on registration form.
Cost per person: Member $150, Nonmember $180 (ages 7-12)
06/13/2016 – 06/17/2016, 9:00am – 3:00pm

Wild in the City

Boise Environmental Education
While it is a city, Boise is part of an amazing variety of ecosystems including deserts, forests, and rivers.  Explore the wilds of the city and experience outdoor recreational opportunities Boise has to offer.  We will hike in the Boise Foothills while learning about sagebrush deserts; float the Boise River while discovering riparian habitats; find wildlife at Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve and explore the exhibits at Boise WaterShed; safari through the zoo to explore ecosystems and animals from around the world; and explore the garden from seed to harvest while learning to cook a healthy meal at Boise Urban Garden School. Class size:  Maximum 24. Drop-off and pick up at Zoo Boise. Further information will be sent to participants one week prior to the first day of camp.
Cost per person: Resident $78.52, Nonresident $121.18 (ages 9-12)
07/25/2016 – 07/29/2016, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Wildlife Words

Zoo Boise & The Cabin
Goal for poets: rebuild the emotional bridge to the natural world. — Sandra AlcosserForm a deeper and more enduring wildlife conservation ethic in this all-day partnership camp from Zoo Boise and The Cabin. Start camp at Zoo Boise each morning for zoo-educator-led, hands-on activities for that will provide an understanding of why animals and their habitats are endangered, as well as how people can work for conservation. After a sack lunch in Julia Davis park, head to The Cabin to work with a teaching-writer to hone your creative writing skills and create a collection of poems and short stories inspired by wildlife. Register through The Cabin beginning March 21 through July 27 by visiting www.thecabinidaho.org or calling (208) 331-8000.  Members of the participating institutions may receive the discounted member rate for this camp; please indicate institution membership when registering.
Cost per person: Member $165, Nonmember $195 (entering grades 3-6)
08/01/2016 – 08/05/2016, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Observing Nature

Zoo Boise, Boise Art Museum
Explore plants and animals with the Boise Art Museum and Zoo Boise! BAM’s exhibition of botanical illustrations by artist Charles E. Burchfield will inspire wildlife exploration and art-making in this week-long camp. Students will use a variety of materials to learn about scientific illustration and nature observation. Mornings will be spent at Zoo Boise and afternoons will be spent at the Boise Art Museum.  Pre-registration is required, beginning late March, through Boise Art Museum at www.boiseartmuseum.org.  Pre-registration required by Friday, August 5, 2016. Members of participating intuitions may receive the discounted member rate for this camp. Please indicate institution membership on registration form.
Cost per person: Member $150, Nonmember $180 (entering grades 3-6)
08/08/2016 – 08/12/2016, 9:00am – 3:00pm

Family & Friends Snooze at the Zoo Overnights

A memorable experience is sure to be had by those who experience Snooze at the Zoo!  Zoo guides will provide your family and friends with nighttime and early morning treks through the zoo (without the large crowds!) to investigate animals as well as their habitats, behavior, and care.  Activities, games, art projects, and up-close animal encounters are also part of the Snooze at the Zoo adventure.  Evening snack, continental breakfast, and indoor/outdoor sleeping area provided.  Children’s parent(s) must be present throughout the entire program. One adult per five children.  Details regarding items to bring for the overnight will be sent to campers one week prior to the program. Minimum 15, maximum 32.
Adults and children ages 7+.
Cost per person: FoZB passholder & City of Boise residents $45, nonresidents $50
06/17/2016 – 06/18/2016, 6:30pm – 9:00am
07/16/2016 – 07/17/2016, 6:30pm – 9:00am
08/06/2016 – 08/07/2016, 6:30pm – 9:00am

Summer 2016 Camp Schedule by Week

2016 Summer Camp Chart

Friends of Zoo Boise Annual Pass Holders receive discounts on some classes.  If you are a Friends of Zoo Boise pass holder, please be sure to enroll in the activity number listed under the Friends of Zoo Boise Rate to receive the discount. A current pass is required and must be available for proof upon registration and at program check-in.

Want to learn more about Zoo Boise Annual Passes? Click here.