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

Children, Families, & Adults

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 Soon for Upcoming Winter/Spring 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:
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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

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.