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HOURS: Open 10am - 5pm
PHONE: (208) 608-7760

Children, Families, & Adults


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.

Registration is open for Fall 2016 Education 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.

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 person per series: $15 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $18 for nonresidents.

Series 1 – September

Topics: Kinkajou, Lion, Penguin
09/13/2016 – 09/27/2016, Tuesdays 9:30am-10:30am or
09/13/2016 – 09/27/2016, Tuesdays 11:00am-12:00pm or
09/17/2016 – 10/01/2016, Saturdays 10:00am-11:00 am

Series 2 – October

Topics:  Giraffe, Hyena, Spider
10/04/2016 – 10/18/2016, Tuesdays 9:30am-10:30am or
10/04/2016 – 10/18/2016, Tuesdays 11:00am-12:00pm or
10/08/2016 – 10/22/2016, Saturdays 10:00am-11:00 am

Series 3 – November

Topics:  Tamarin, Tiger, Toad
11/01/2016 – 11/15/2016, Tuesdays 9:30am-10:30am or
11/01/2016 – 11/15/2016, Tuesdays 11:00am-12:00pm or
11/05/2016 – 11/19/2016, Saturdays 10:00am-11:00 am

Family & Friends Programs

Animal Whisperers: Animal Training at the Zoo

Cost per person: $12 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $16 for nonresidents. (Ages 6+, Parents must attend with their kids)

Animal training is an important part of managing animals at the zoo.  Learn the basics of animal training, watch zookeepers train animals, and participate in the “train the trainer” game!
11/12/2016, 9:00am – 11:00am

School Break Mini-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: $90 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents, $100 for nonresidents

Animals: Mysterious, Mythical and Marvelous (Grades 1 – 5)

While there is a great amount of information known about animals around the world, there is still much that is unknown – a mystery.  Animals have been a part of all Earth’s cultures whether they are real or mythical creatures.  We can all agree – animals are MARVELOUS.
10/06/2016 – 10/07/2016, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Ocean Odyssey (Grades 1 – 5)

Dive into the ocean and go 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.  Observing penguin feedings, building an island-creating volcano, and conducting simple ocean water experiments are just a few of the sea-related activities featured this week.
11/03/2016 – 11/04/2016, 9:00am – 4:00pm

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)

09/14 – All About Africa
10/05 – Fuzzy Families
11/02 – Animal Senses 

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

09/21 – Amazing Adaptations
10/12 – Tropics to Tundra
11/09 – Gifts for the Animals

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

09/28 – Decoding Behaviors
10/19 – Super Swimmers
11/16 – Zoo Sciences

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.