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ABOUT ZOO BOISE EDUCATION PROGRAMS

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.

Registration Opens December 11 for City of Boise Residents and December 13 for Nonresidents!

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:
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Have a question for Zoo Boise’s education staff? We’d love to hear from you! Please send us an EMAIL.

PreSchool Zoo (Ages 3-5 + Adult)

Get to know some of our Zoo Boise animals better in this series of programs designed for adults & preschoolers.  Each week features a different animal. Activities are designed to be multi-sensory and may include mini zoo tours, movement activities, listening to stories, crafts, touching artifacts, and meeting live animals.  Join us for this informal introduction to the wonderful world of animals! All children must be accompanied by an enrolled, paying adult and who is ready to take part in the activities!  Maximum of 2 children per enrolled adult.  For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, unregistered children (including siblings) may not attend.  All children must be at least 3 years old by the date of the first class to attend.

Series 1 – January
Topics: Meerkat, Cricket, Elephant Shrew, & Moon Jelly

January 2 – January 23
Tuesdays 9:30am – 10:30am

January 6 – January 27
Saturdays 10:00am – 11:00am

Cost per child and per adult (must register separately): $20 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $24 for nonresidents.

Series 2 – February
Topics: Spider Monkey, Frog, Hedgehog, & Parrot

February 6 – February 27
Tuesdays 9:30am – 10:30am

February 3 – February 24
Saturdays 10:00am – 11:00am

Cost per child and per adult (must register separately): $20 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $24 for nonresidents.

Series 3 – March
Topics: Porcupine, Gila Monster, & Lemur

March 6 – March 20*
Tuesdays 9:30am – 10:30am

March 3 – March 17*
Saturdays 10:00am – 11:00am

Cost per child and per adult (must register separately): $15 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $18 for nonresidents.
*3 days instead of 4

Series 4 – April
Topics: Russian Tortoise, Sloth, Squirrel, & Maned Wolf

April 3 – April 24
Tuesdays 9:30am – 10:30am

April 7 – April 28
Saturdays 10:00am – 11:00am

Cost per child and per adult (must register separately): $20 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $24 for nonresidents.

Stroller Safari – NEW!

Bring your walking shoes and camera on this exclusive guided experience through Zoo Boise. Bond with your little one as you both learn about the wonders of wildlife through up close animal encounters, zoo insider lead tours, and activities that build skills in both parents and kids that can be used for a lifetime. Each week will uncover new wonders and provide great tips for nature exploration! Maximum of 2 children per enrolled adult.  For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, unregistered children (including siblings) may not attend. Price includes Zoo Boise admission for the day.

Adult + child (ages 2 and under) preregistration required. Cost per child and per adult (must register separately): $6 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $7 for nonresidents.

All sessions are on Thursdays from 10:00am – 10:30am and include zoo admission:

February 1
February 8
February 15
February 22
March 1
March 8
March 15
March 22
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Family & Friends’ Wild Weekend at the Zoo

Tropical Rainforest

Journey into the heart of the jungle to discover breathtaking biodiversity all around! This class will learn skills used by scientists to uncover the connections found everywhere in nature, and how humans can find inspiration and value deep in the rainforest. Program is designed for children ages 6-10 with their favorite adult – although all ages 6 and older are welcome. Minimum participants 10, maximum 25. Cost is per person and includes admission to the zoo. Children under 18 must be accompanied adult; accompanying adult must register and pay program fee.

Cost is per person and includes admission to the zoo. Children under 18 must be accompanied adult; accompanying adult must register and pay program fee. Cost per person is $12 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $16 for nonresidents.

March 17, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Adult Programs at the Zoo

Woo at the Zoo – A Wild Valentine’s Celebration for Adults (ages 18+)

Birds do it.  Bees do it.  Snow leopards do it.  Find out how animals at Zoo Boise woo each other and Woo at the Zoo.  Open to both singles and sweethearts 18 and older, this memorable Valentine’s Day event will reveal the intimate secrets of exotic animal mating and dating – from the humorous and tawdry to passionate and subtle.  Enjoy a guided stroll through the zoo, presentations by zookeepers regarding animal breeding in zoos, up-close animal encounters and other animal-amore-related activities.  A pasta dinner, dessert, drinks, photos with your sweetheart and take-home chocolate are included.  Space is limited to 30 people so register soon!  Need someone to watch the little ones while parents enjoy an evening at the zoo?  Enroll your kiddos in the “I Love the Zoo” program!  Details below.

You must be 18 years of age or older to attend. Cost per person is $45 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $50 for nonresidents.

February 10, 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Zoo Animal Enrichment (ages 62+)

Enrichment and training are key components to what is called Behavior-Based Husbandry at Zoo Boise. In order to provide world class animal care zoo staff must be able to decode animal behavior and offer choices and opportunities to utilize natural skills, instincts and adaptations while accounting for preventative and incidental medical needs. Learn more as you help to prepare an enrichment item, the watch the animal receives it, as well as observe a training session and practice the techniques used.

Cost per person is $12 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $18.05 for nonresidents.

March 14, 1:30pm – 4:35pm

Zoo Safari (ages 62+)

Through a guided tour at Zoo Boise by zoo staff, discover how modern zoos operate and learn about their mission to provide education, recreation, and wildlife conservation. Meet the staff that deal with animal acquisitions, the architects who know the unique challenges of building a zoo, and learn how you and your community have changed the fate of wildlife conservation around the world for the better. Up-close animal experiences are included of course!

Cost per person is $12 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $18.05 for nonresidents.

April 24, 1:45pm – 4:30pm

Evening Kid Programs

I Love the Zoo – A Wild Valentine’s Celebration for Kids (Ages 5-10)

Need a place for the kids while you enjoy some time with your sweetheart during Zoo Boise’s Woo at the Zoo?  Look no further than Zoo Boise!  Kids will have an evening of animal-themed fun.  It all starts with a pizza dinner, followed by a guided zoo walk to see what critters do at night, and a sneak peek at the Zoo Kitchen.  They will also enjoy a fun game, craft, and an up-close animal encounter.  Space is limited to 26 so register soon.

Cost per person is $20 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $25 for nonresidents.

February 10, 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Zoo Boise Kid Night (Ages 7-12)

Boise Spring nights just can’t be beat… unless you add in exclusive access to Zoo Boise at night! See the zoo in a whole new light. Learn how Zoo Boise cares for nocturnal animals, try your hand at night time survival skills games, and enjoy a snack out under the stars while observing the animals at Zoo Boise! Space is limited to 26 so register soon.

Cost per person is $20 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $25 for nonresidents.

April 14, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Family Snooze at the Zoo Overnight (Adult & child ages 7+)

A memorable experience is sure to be had by those who experience Snooze at the Zoo!  Zoo guides will provide your family with evening and early morning treks through the zoo 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.

Cost per person is $45 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $50 for nonresidents.

May 4 – May 5, 6:30pm – 9:00am

School Break Day-Camps (Grades 2-6)

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Zoo Boise Youth camps include:

  • Zoo guided tours
  • Classroom lessons, demonstrations, and experiments
  • Exploration of animal biofacts
  • Daily animal encounter or enrichment
  • Arts & crafts projects
  • Educational videos
  • Zookeeper talks
  • Ecology-focused games

Cost per student per class is $45 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $50 for nonresidents.

Ravishing Reptiles (grades 2-6)

What do these cold-blooded critters do in the winter? Come find out by playing games, going behind the scenes, and learn about the work Zoo Boise is doing to bring the enormous Nile Crocodile to its new exhibit here, and help wild crocodiles thrive!
January 15, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Magnificent Monkeys (grades 2-6)

At Zoo Boise Monkey business IS serious business. Learn what it takes to provide the best care for these intelligent and amusing primates. Make an enrichment, learn to communicate the primate way, and discover the role they play in ecosystems around the world.
February 19, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Spring Break Camps

Spring Break Camps include:

  • Zoo guided tours
  • Classroom lessons, demonstrations, and experiments
  • Exploration of animal biofacts
  • Daily animal encounter or enrichment
  • Arts & crafts projects
  • Educational videos
  • Zookeeper talks
  • Ecology-focused games

Cost per student per class is $190 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $215 for nonresidents.

Wild by Design (grades 2-6)

Zoo Boise is growing, and the new exhibit designs are WILD! Spend the week learning how to translate what happens in nature into what we call behavior based husbandry and designed spaces that benefit the animals, their keepers, curious visitors, and give back to nature! This week includes a look at the current exhibit design, a chance to try your hand at planning a zoo, and a closer look at the animals found here through behind the scenes tours, enrichment building, games, crafts, and experiment exploration.
March 26 – 30, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Zoo Careers (grades 7-10)

Interested in working at a zoo or another career with animal wildlife? Depending on the career, you may need skills that include fundraising, art or graphic design, marketing & communications, architecture and construction, animal collection management, education, and wildlife conservation as well as animal care.  Join us to explore the many careers available at zoos and other animal-focused organizations.  Meet the people responsible for running the zoo, including members of the animal care team, and perform some of their daily responsibilities and chores.  We will meet the veterinarian staff & zookeepers, clean an exhibit, create animal diets, conduct DNA extraction, learn how genetics plays a role captive breeding, and explore wildlife conservation projects funded by the Zoo Boise community.  To assist your career planning, salaries, required education and experience, and résumé building will be explored.
March 26 – 30, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Homeschool Zoo

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The Homeschool Zoo program series provides a unique learning experience for students schooled at home. The course consists of classroom discussion, laboratory activities, animal encounters and specialized zoo tours. Classes will align with Idaho State Science Standards and focus on topics and principles based on grade level. Themes will emphasize looking at animal groups and taxonomy, adaptations, habitats, and ecology. Each individual household must register their child for the class. Kids only! Please bring a small snack for a 15 minute break during class.

All programs are on Wednesdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Cost per student per class is $15.

Kindergarten – 1st grade

January 3 – Swinging & Swimming
February 7 – Weathering Winter
March 7 – Little Scientists
April 4 – Backyard Wildlife

2nd – 3rd grade

January 10 – What’s For Dinner?
February 14 – Wildlife Research
March 14 – Conservation for Kids
April 11 – Rainforest

4th – 5th grade

January 17 – Plant Play
February 21 – Junior Zoologist
March 21 – Endangered Species
April 18 – Veterinarians

Scout Program at the Zoo

Zoo Boise scout programs are a chance to explore interests and learn new skills. Arrive ready to passionately discuss, participate in games, meet our animals, and make a difference! Bring a camera and your questions, and leave with memories and inspiration.

Cost is $5 per scout and $2.50 for adult chaperone. Rates only apply to scout groups that preschedule their group using the form below. Scout programs are offered Tuesday through Saturday schedule permitting. To schedule your troop visit https://zooboise.org/education-programs/scouts/.

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.

When you register for a class or program with the Zoo Boise/City of Boise, this Personal Release Statement is implied: I understand that the registered activities and services may have an element of hazard or inherent danger and I take full responsibility for my actions and physical condition. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the City of Boise and its employees from any liability loss, cost or expense (including attorney’s fees, medical and ambulance costs) that I may incur while participating in the Recreation activities. I give my consent to use any photographs or videotape taken of me in future promotional or marketing materials.