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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 Now Open for Winter/Spring Programs

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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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 person per series: $20 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $24 for nonresidents.

Series 1 – January

Topics: Aldabra Tortoise, Gibbon, Cichlid Fish, Flemish Rabbit
01/10/2017 – 01/31/2017, Tuesdays 9:30am-10:30am or
01/10/2017 – 01/31/2017, Tuesdays 11:00am-12:00pm or
01/07/2017 – 01/28/2017, Saturdays 10:00am-11:00am

Series 2 – February

Topics: Legless Lizard, Crowned Crane, Fox, Zebra
02/07/2017 – 02/28/2017, Tuesdays 9:30am-10:30am or
02/07/2017 – 02/28/2017, Tuesdays 11:00am-12:00pm or
02/04/2017 – 02/25/2017, Saturdays 10:00am-11:00am

Series 3 – March

Topics: Condor, Skunk, Sloth Bear, Walking Stick
03/07/2017 – 04/04/2017*, Tuesdays 9:30am-10:30am or
03/07/2017 – 04/04/2017*, Tuesdays 11:00am-12:00pm or
03/04/2017 – 03/25/2017, Saturdays 10:00am-11:00 am
*No class on March 28 due to spring break.

Series 4 – April

Topics: Wallaby, Goose, Anteater, Prairie Dog
04/11/2017 – 05/02/2017, Tuesdays 9:30am-10:30am or
04/11/2017 – 05/02/2017, Tuesdays 11:00am-12:00pm or
04/01/2017 – 04/29/2017*, Saturdays 10:00am-11:00am
*No class on April 8 due to EGGstravaganza event at Zoo Boise.

Family & Friends' Wild Weekends at the Zoo

All About Africa

Cost per person: $12 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $16 for nonresidents. (Ages 6+, kids must have an adult with them)

Africa is a huge continent and home to an amazing diversity of wildlife.  Zoo Boise is home to several familiar African animals including giraffes, lions and hyenas as well as lesser known species such as bats, lemurs, elephant shrews and cranes.   Join us on an adventure to the many different African habitats and those animals who inhabit them with special activities, games, excursions and crafts along the way.  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.
03/18/2017, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Family Snooze at the Zoo Overnight

Cost per person: $45 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $50 for nonresidents. (Ages 7+, kids must have an adult with them)

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.  Details regarding items to bring for the overnight will be sent to campers one week prior to the program.
05/05/2017 – 05/06/2017, 6:30pm – 9:00am

Adult Programs

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

Cost per person: $40 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $45 for nonresidents.

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, 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.
02/11/2017, 4:00pm – 7:00pm

I Love the Zoo – For Kids of “Woo at the Zoo” Parents (ages 5-10)

Cost per person: $15 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $20 for nonresidents.

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 see what critters do at night, a sneak peak at the Zoo Kitchen.  They will also enjoy a fun game, craft, and an up-close animal encounter.  Space is limited, so register soon.  Note: This program is open only to kids whose parents/guardians are enrolled in Woo at the Zoo.
02/11/2017, 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Spring Break Camps

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, and more!

Cost per person per series: $190 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $215 for nonresidents

Animals in Action (Grades 2 – 6)

You can help to keep Zoo Boise animals in tip-top shape!  Investigate how and why animals act the way they do then learn how zookeepers use enrichment to keep our animals thinking and moving.  Create and design enrichment items for the animals and then observe how animals use their minds and bodies when they receive their special treats.
03/27/2017 – 03/31/2017, 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 and 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 resumé building will be explored.
03/27/2017 – 03/31/2017, 9:00am – 4:00pm

School Break Mini-Zoo Camps

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, and more!

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

Master Tracker (Grades 1 – 5)

When scientists study animals in the wild, finding the animal can be the most challenging part of the job!  Discover the different techniques used for tracking animals including identifying animal foot imprints, scat and other markings as well as using wildlife cameras and telemetry.  You’ll make your own animal track to take home!
01/16/2017, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Africa Adventures (Grades 1 – 5)

Travel to Africa without leaving Idaho!  Giraffes, lions, hyenas, cranes and many more African animals will be your guide.  Exploring African cultures through art and storytelling are also part of your Africa experience.  Discover how you and other Zoo visitors play a part in restoring African Wildlife in Gorongosa National Park.
02/20/2017, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Homeschool Zoo

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.

Cost per child per class: $15.

All classes are from 9:00am – 12:00pm.

 K & 1st Grade (Ages 5-6)

01/04 – Fly, Jump, Run
02/01 – Celebrate Spring
03/01 – Experiment Expert
04/05 – Animal Opposites

2nd & 3rd Grade (Ages 7-8)

01/11 – Pass the Energy
02/08 – Animal Explorer
03/08 – Earth Heroes
04/12 – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

4th & 5th Grade (Ages 9-10)

01/18 – Zoo Genetics
02/15 – Beginner Biologist
03/15 – Conservation Club
04/19 – Taxonomic Trek

Registration Opens Soon for Summer Programs

Registration opens April 17 for residents of Boise and April 19 for non-residents.

Critter College for Little Learners

Opposites attract! Explore the extremes found in nature and look at the opposites you can find during up-close animal encounters, fun-filled games, stories, imagination play and craft projects, Critter College introduces children to the world of animals. Kids only! Critter College is for kids entering kindergarten or 1st grade.

Cost per child per class: $30 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $35 for nonresidents.

All classes are from 10:00am – 12:00pm.

 Thursday, 06/15 – Dry & Wet:

Sift through the sands with snakes and wet your feet with jellies.

Thursday, 06/22 – Old & Young:

Walk with an ancient tortoise and flutter with fleeting butterflies.

Thursday, 06/29 – Short & Tall:

Get low with legless lizard & rise up to the treetops with giraffes!

Thursday, 07/13 – Noisy & Quiet:

Howl with the gibbons and whisper with wallabies.

Thursday, 07/20 – Patterned & Plain:

Experience the vibrancy of tiger stripes and learn the secrets of the plain brown of a lion.

Thursday, 07/27 – Prickly & Smooth:

Touch the spikes of a hedgehog and feel the slick body of a frog.

Thursday, 08/03 – Cold & Hot:

Stay cozy with snow leopards and bask with Gila monsters.

Thursday, 08/010 – Day & Night:

Wake up early with kookaburras and stay up late with owls.

Family & Friends Snooze at the Zoo Overnight

Cost per person: $45 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $50 for nonresidents. (Ages 7+, kids must have an adult with them).

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.  Details regarding items to bring for the overnight will be sent to campers one week prior to the program.
05/05/2017 – 05/06/2017, 6:30pm – 9:00am
06/17/2017 – 06/18/2017, 6:30pm – 9:00am
07/07/2017 – 07/08/2017, 6:30pm – 9:00am
08/05/2017 – 08/06/2017, 6:30pm – 9:00am

Zoo Camps (Entering Grades 2 - 7)

Zoo 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, and more!

Mammal Mania

Picture a cute, cuddly animal and chances are, it is a mammal. Join us to find out who else is in this exclusive group of animals and why. From the adorable to the powerful, from the intelligent to the truly bizarre, mammals are found the world over. During camp we will get to know the individual mammal ambassadors here at Zoo Boise, build enrichments to entice them, and learn about their wild counter parts and distant relatives. NOTE: This camp is shortened to 3 days due the Independence Day holiday. Cost per child: $115 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $130 for nonresidents.
07/05/2017 – 07/07/2017, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Great Grasslands

Trek through wild waving grasses and find prairie dog towns, follow zebra herds, and feast with an anteater. Try your hand at some of the techniques grassland scientists use and meet these animals up close. Explore the cultures and traditions of people who have inhabited the grasslands around the world through games, storytelling and art. Cost per child: $190 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $215 for nonresidents.
07/24/2017 – 07/28/2017, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Zoo Sciences

Leave your lab coat at home and grab your safari gear! Zoo sciences are all about digging in, exploring, and building onto the natural bond between humans and wildlife. Join in a long tradition of scientific exploration at Zoo Boise. This will be the kind of science that leaves you laughing, awestruck, curious and inspired, in other words STEM education the way it should be! Cost per child: $190 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $215 for nonresidents.
08/14/2017 – 08/18/2017, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Zoo Camps (Entering Grades 2 - 4)

Zoo 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, and more!

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. Cost per child: $190 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $215 for nonresidents.
06/05/2017 – 06/09/2017, 9:00am – 4:30pm
06/26/2017 – 06/30/2017, 9:00am – 4:30pm
07/10/2017 – 07/14/2017, 9:00am – 4:30pm
07/31/2017 – 08/04/2017, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Flying Wonders

Take a birds’ eye view of the world with bats, birds, and bugs. These lucky creatures get to be the aerial acrobats thanks to amazing adaptations. Meet a scientist and learn from their expertise on exactly what it takes to study these lofty animals! This week of camp will fly by when you join us for migration games, bug behavior experiments, animal meet and greets and more! Cost per child: $190 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $215 for nonresidents.
07/17/2017 – 07/21/2017, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Animal Families

Families come in all shapes and sizes, especially when you’re talking about Animal Families! Explore the family ties found in some of the residents at Zoo Boise. Learn what it takes to mother a rambunctious monkey infant. Try your hand at survival games, find your baby among the crowds, and meet some amazing members of the Zoo Boise family! Cost per child: $190 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $215 for nonresidents.
07/31/2017 – 08/04/2017, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Zoo Camps (Entering Grades 5 - 7)

Zoo 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, and more!

Zookeeping & Other Wild Careers

Interested in a career working with animals?  With this program, you will learn all there is to know about zoo keeping 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. Cost per child: $190 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $215 for nonresidents.
06/12/2017 – 06/16/2017, 9:00am – 4:30pm
07/17/2017 – 07/21/2017, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Zoology 101

Not your typical classroom experience, for this keystone science course. This course provides an introduction to the classification, relationships, structure, and function of major animal phyla – Zoo Boise style! You will have the exclusive opportunity to create enrichments specially designed to showcase common characteristics share by animals of the same classification, study anatomy through dissection and skeletal comparisons, and collaborate with your fellow zoologist on creative interpretations of these science concepts. Cost per child: $190 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $215 for nonresidents.
06/19/2017 – 06/23/2017, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Eco-Heroes

List your name among giants like Charles Darwin, Theodore Roosevelt, Jacques Cousteau, and Jane Goodall. Join us in a week filled with wildlife research, learn sustainable habits, and tackle a real conservation project. Discover the methods of science and math, but also art and literature can shape how a generation values and experiences nature. Come become an Eco-Hero at Zoo Boise! Cost per child: $190 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $215 for nonresidents.
07/10/2017 – 07/14/2017, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Zoo Youth Camps With Community Partners

Park Explorers (Ages 7 – 12)

Zoo Boise, Boise Art Museum, & The Cabin

Be an active explorer of artwork, animal wildlife, and culture! This camp highlights 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 The Cabin. Participants will begin and end each day at the Boise Art Museum. Pre-registration required by Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by contacting Boise Art Museum at www.boiseartmuseum.org or 208.345.8300.  Members and annual passholders of participating intuitions may receive the discounted member rate for this camp. Please indicate institution membership on registration form. Cost per child: $160 for members and $190 for nonmembers.
06/19/2017 – 06/23/2017, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Wonders of Water and 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 by Friday June 23, 2017 by contacting Discovery Center of Idaho at www.dcidaho.org or 208.343.9895. Registration for members/passholders begins March 27 and all others April 1.  Members of participating intuitions may receive the discounted member rate for this camp by using code www2017 on registration form. Cost per child: $190 for members and $215 for nonmembers.
06/26/2017 – 06/30/2017, 9:00am – 4:30pm

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 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 child: $78.52 for City of Boise residents and $121.18 for nonresidents.
07/24/2017 – 07/28/2017, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Wildlife Worlds (Entering Grades 3 – 6)

Zoo Boise & The Cabin

Goal for poets: rebuild the emotional bridge to the natural world. — Sandra Alcosser
Form 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 1-Aug 4 through 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 child: $165 for members and $195 for nonmembers.
08/07/2017 – 08/11/2017, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Sculpting Environments (Ages 7 – 12)

Zoo Boise & Boise Art Museum

Explore sculptures, architecture, and habitats with the Boise Art Museum and Zoo Boise! BAM’s exhibition featuring artwork made from LEGO® bricks will guide environmental exploration and art making in this week-long camp. Students will learn about sculptures inspired by the natural world and animal habitats made by humans. Mornings will be spent at Zoo Boise and afternoons will be spent at the Boise Art Museum.  Pre-registration required by Wednesday, Aug 2, 2017 by contacting Boise Art Museum at www.boiseartmuseum.org or 208.345.8300.  Members and annual passholders of participating intuitions may receive the discounted member rate for this camp. Please indicate institution membership on registration form. Cost per child: $160 for members and $190 for nonmembers.
08/07/2017 – 08/11/2017, 9:00am – 4:00pm

2017 Zoo Youth Camp Calendar

2017 Summer Camp Chart - WEBSITE DRAFT

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.