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HOURS: Open 9am - 5pm
PHONE: (208) 608-7760

Children, Families, & Adults


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 for fall programs begin August 14 for residents and August 16 for non-residents

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:

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.

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

Series 1 – September
Topics: Armadillo, Patas Monkey, Hornbill, & Gecko

September 5- September 26
Tuesdays 9:30am – 10:30am

September 9 -September 30
Saturdays 10:00am – 11:00am

Series 2 – October
Topics: Elephant/Hyrax, Goat, Bat, & Owl

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

October 7 – November 4
Saturdays 10:00am – 11:00am

No program on October 28 due to Boo at the Zoo event.

Series 3 – November
Topics: Komodo Dragon, Red Panda, & Snow Leopard

November 7 – November 28
Tuesdays 9:30am – 10:30am

November 11 – November 25
Saturdays 10:00am – 11:00am

No program on November 21 due to Thanksgiving break.

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): $5 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $6 for nonresidents.

All sessions are on Thursdays from 10:00am – 10:30am:

September 7
September 14
September 21
September 28
October 12
October 19
October 26

Family & Friends’ Wild Weekend at the Zoo

What Zookeepers Do


After this taste of one of the most rewarding careers you will be itching for more! Learn and experience what zoo keepers do through interactive games, making animal diets, and up close animal encounters! Program is designed for children ages 6-10 with their favorite adult – although all ages 6 and older are welcome.

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.

09/30/2017, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Adult Program at the Zoo

Sunset at the Zoo

See Zoo Boise in a whole new light! Experience the zoo after hours, and learn about the daily rhythm of animals, and how we accommodate them. You’ll experience an evening of fun activities, experiments, and up close animal encounters.

You must be 18 years of age or older to attend. Cost per person is $12 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $16 for nonresidents.

11/11/2017, 4:00pm – 6:00pm

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.

Feeding a Zoo

Get a behind the scenes look at the zoo kitchen which services the more than 200 animals that call Zoo Boise home! Try your hand at matching and making the food for some of our picky and particular residents. Games, experiments and careful animal examination will guide you through the challenge of feeding a zoo!
Thursday, 10/05/2017, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Lions & Tigers & Bears

Oh my! These 3 big hitters of the zoo world require more work to keep safe here at Zoo Boise and in the wild. Find out what ties these magnificent creatures together and how they are overcoming the challenges they face with your help!
Friday, 10/06/2017, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Art Safari

Animals have always been celebrated in different forms of art. From paintings to sculpture to dance and music – we’ll explore all forms of art and make some of our own with a messy Zoo Boise twist!
Thursday, 11/02/2017, 9:00am – 4:00pm

What Animals Do

Sometimes funny, sometime mysterious, and sometime ingenious; animals behave in ways that help to increase their chance of survival. Come learn to decode those behaviors and help solve the puzzle of what animals do and why.
Friday, 11/03/2017, 9:00am – 4:00pm

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

09/06/2017 – Classy Animals
10/04/2017 – Growing Up at the Zoo
11/01/2017 – Animals Eyes & Ears

2nd – 3rd grade

09/13/2017 – Survival Skills
10/11/2017 – Habitat Home
11/08/2017 – Build a Zoo

4th – 5th grade

09/20/2017 – Awesome Anatomy
10/18/2017 – Mountains & Islands
11/15/2017 – Ecosystems

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.