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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 is 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.

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Just for Kids

Summer Camps - Entering Grades 2-7

Summer 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

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. This camp is shortened to 2 days due the Independence Day holiday. July 2-3, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Cost per student per class is $76 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $86 for nonresidents.

Idaho Wildlife

Come meet your wild neighbors! Come see up close some of those wild animals you might admire from a distance in the wilderness. Not only will you play games, experiments, and art inspired by Idaho wildlife, but you will also get to help save animals that live in the foothills! This camp is shortened to 2 days due the Independence Day holiday. July 5-6, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Cost per student per class is $76 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $86 for nonresidents.

Cool Carnivores

How do we keep our carnivores cool at the zoo? Popsicles! It is a bit more complicated than that, so don’t miss this week of exploring what it means to be a carnivore, create popsicle enrichments, perform bite test comparisons, and get to the meat of how you can help protect these cool creatures. The focus animals will be those that eat a carnivorous diet like snakes, and frogs, but also those that belong to the mammal taxonomic order Carnivora like lions, maned wolves, and red pandas. July 23-27, 9:00am – 4:30pm

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

Conservation Crew

Love animals and want to help protect them? Join the Zoo Boise Conservation Crew to try out and learn real ways you and your friends and family can have a positive impact on wildlife around the world! While trash clean up and recycling are important you’ll be learning how hands-on animal science can be done in your everyday life! Study real lions, experiment with insects, explore eggs and bones, and meet some wild animal ambassadors up close! August 13-17, 9:00am – 4:30pm

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

For even more camps, check out the Zoo Youth Camps with Community Partners section below.

Summer Camps - Entering Grades 2-4

Summer 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

Junior Zookeeping

What is it like to work at a zoo?  Learn to design and create exhibits, make diets, identify scat, train animals, make enrichment toys for animals, meet zoo staff and find out how zoos and their visitors are helping to protect animals in the wild.
June 4-8, 9:00am – 4:30pm
June 25-29, 9:00am – 4:30pm
July 9-13, 9:00am – 4:30pm
July 30-August 3, 9:00am – 4:30pm

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

Call of the Wild

Do you hear it? Learn how to listen and learn from nature and heed the call of the wild. You’ll always be on the right track as you practice your tracking skills. Follow in the footsteps of the pioneers of wildlife exploration through experimentation, play and art. Learn how to identify and decipher animal noises as well as make some of your own! By the end of the week you’ll know the lion’s roar, the playful chatter of our primates, and the songs of the birds! July 16-20, 9:00am – 4:30pm

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

Animals of the Americas

Penguins, giant anteaters, king snakes, spider monkeys, butterflies and prairie dogs are a few of the animal guides that will lead our journey through the amazing habitats and landscapes of North and South America: mountains, grasslands, deserts, oceans and forests. Along the way, we will experience human cultures and how they have been influenced by the surrounding wildlife. July 23-27, 9:00am – 4:30pm

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

For even more camps, check out the Zoo Youth Camps with Community Partners section below.

Summer Camps - Entering Grades 5-7

Summer 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

Zookeeping & Other Wild Careers

Interested in a career working with animals?  Learn all there is to know about zoo keeping and explore other careers involving animals & wildlife conservation. Try your hand as a wildlife biologist, a zoo veterinarian, wildlife educator, exhibit designer & creator and more!
June 11-15, 9:00am – 4:30pm
July 16-20, 9:00am – 4:30pm

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

Rivers, Lakes, Oceans, & Islands

Dive into the ocean and island hopping without leaving the zoo! Discover unique animals that live beneath the waves or on islands: Komodo dragons, penguins, jellyfish, lemurs and giant tortoises. Observe penguin feedings, building an island-creating volcano, and conducting simple water experiments are just a few of the activities featured this week. June 18-22, 9:00am – 4:30pm

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

Zoo Detective

Use your ‘detective’ sense to uncover some of the mysteries of the animal world. Look at clues animals leave behind that provide valuable information to other animals and scientists. Try your hand at an animal health case similar to what our Zoo Vet would investigate. Study anatomy through dissection and skeletal comparisons, and collaborate with your fellow zoologist on creative interpretations of these science concepts. July 9-13, 9:00am – 4:30pm

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

For even more camps, check out the Zoo Youth Camps with Community Partners section below.

Summer Critter College - Entering Grades K-1

Summer Critter College includes up-close animal encounters, fun-filled games, stories, imagination play and craft projects. Critter College introduces children to the world of animals. Kids only! All programs are on Thursdays from 10:00am – 12:00pm. Cost per student per class is $30 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $35 for nonresidents.

June 14: A is for Aldabra Tortoise – Get behind the scenes with the old favorite at Zoo Boise!

June 21: B is for Bear – Feed our sloth bear and feel real bear fur.

June 28: G is for Giraffe – Come meet our towering toddler giraffe Tafari!

July 12: K is for Komodo Dragon – Watch our komodo get his breakfast.

July 19: L is for Lion – Feel a real lion fur and mane, and see inside their strong jaws.

July 26: M is Monkey – Move like a monkey and try out their diet for a day.

August 2: P is for Penguin – Watch the Zoo Boise penguin parade during their lunch.

August 9: S is for Snow Leopard – These guys know the meaning of Cool Cat and you’ll get to feel their fur coat.

Zoo Youth Camps with Community Partners (Ages 7-12)

  • Registration takes places at community partner institutions. See camp description for registration information.
  • Members and annual passholders of participating community partner organizations may receive a discounted rate for camps. Please indicate organization membership on the registration forms.

Park Explorers (Ages 7-12)

Zoo Boise, Boise Art Museum, and Boise Public Library – Pre-registration required.  Pre-registration deadline: Wednesday, June 14, 2018

Be an active explorer of artwork, animal wildlife, and culture! This camp highlights fun activities at 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 topic with the Boise Art Museum, Zoo Boise, and Boise Public Library. Participants will begin and end each day at the Boise Art Museum. (BAM and Zoo Boise members may receive the discounted member rate for this camp. Please indicate institution membership on registration form.)   Registration required through Boise Art Museum at www.boiseartmuseum.orgJune 18-22, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Cost per student per class is $160 for members, $190 for nonmembers.

Wild in the City (Ages 9-12)

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; visit the Boise WaterShed to examine water bugs and test water quality; climb trees to investigate tree functions and identification; safari through the zoo to explore ecosystems and animals from around the world; and explore the garden from seed to harvest while learning to prepare a healthy snack at Boise Urban Garden School.  Class size:  Maximum 24. Drop-off and pick up at Zoo Boise.   River float is weather permitting and river must be open and safe. July 30-August 3, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Cost per student per class is $79 for City of Boise residents, $121.90 for nonresidents.

Wildlife Words (Entering grades 3-6)

Zoo Boise & The Cabin

Form a deeper and more enduring wildlife conservation ethic. Start at Zoo Boise each morning with 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. In the afternoon, 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 at www.thecabinidaho.orgAugust 6-10, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Cost per student per class is $175 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $205 for nonresidents.

Elements of Nature (Ages 7-12)

Zoo Boise & Boise Art Museum

Deconstruct art and nature back to its basics! BAM’s exhibition Consider the Source will inspire wildlife exploration and art making in this week-long camp. Students will experiment with natural materials, such as wood, paper, and clay, to create works of art based on animals, habitats, and the environment. Mornings will be spent at Zoo Boise and afternoons will be spent at the Boise Art Museum. (Members of Zoo Boise may receive the discounted member rate for this camp. Please indicate institution membership on registration form.)  Register through Boise Art Museum at www.boiseartmuseum.org. Dates TBD, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Cost per student per class is $160 for members, $190 for nonmembers.

Wonders of Water & Wildlife (Entering grades 5-7)

Discovery Center of Idaho & Zoo Boise

Water influences all aspects of the living world from the shape and behavior of animals to the future of human civilization. Each day, explore the Discovery Center’s new feature exhibition, H2Whoa! And Zoo Boise’s animal wildlife to discover the fascinating properties and importance of water. Dive into hands-on science experiments, games, up-close animal encounters and wildlife conservation art projects. A camp experience you won’t want to miss! Pre-registration is required through Discovery Center of Idaho at dcidaho.org. August 13-17, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Cost per student per class is $190 for members, $215 for nonmembers.

Summer 2018 Camp Schedule Chart

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Snooze at the Zoo Overnights

Snooze at the Zoo (ages 7 and up + Adult)

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.

June 16 – June 17, 6:30pm – 9:00am
July 6 – July 7, 6:30pm – 9:00am
August 4 – August 5, 6:30pm – 9:00am

Scouts

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 HERE.

Scout Snooze at the Zoo

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

A memorable experience is sure to be had by those who experience an overnight adventure at the zoo! Zoo Boise offers a variety of Snooze at the Zoo overnight programs for your Family, Scout Troop, or School Group.

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

Learn more about Snooze at the Zoo HERE.

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.