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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 for fall programs opens on August 20 for City of Boise residents and August 22 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:
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Have a question for Zoo Boise’s education staff? We’d love to hear from you! Please send us an EMAIL.

Youth Programs

School Break Day-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

Creepy Creatures (grades 2 – 6)

What better way to celebrate the All Hallow’s Eve than by exploring “creepy” animals? Many humans find bats, spiders, worms, insects and reptiles to be creepy. After this camp, you will appreciate how cool – not creepy – these animals really are. What better way to celebrate the All Hallow’s Eve than by exploring “creepy” animals? Many humans find bats, spiders, worms, insects and reptiles to be creepy. After this camp, you will appreciate how cool – not creepy – these animals really are. October 25, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Animal Superpowers (grades 2 – 6)

Hawks can see rabbits from one mile away. Butterflies taste with their feet. Some lizards can regrow a lost tail. Animals possess incredible superpowers that enable them to survive in challenging situations. Join us to compare and celebrate the superpower feats of wild animals and test your own superpowers on the Animal Superpower Obstacle course. October 26, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Feeding a Zoo (grades 2 – 6)

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! November 19, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Jr. Veterinarian (grades 2 – 6)

Have you ever considered what it would take to be a Zoo Veterinarian? This camp will explore the basics of knowledge, skill, and fortitude required for one of the most demanding jobs through games, crafts, and hands-on experiments. November 20, 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. All classes are from 9:00am – 12:00pm.

K – 1st Grade

September 5 – All About Africa
October 3 – Fuzzy Families
November 7 – Animal Senses

2nd – 3rd Grade

September 12 – Amazing Adaptations
October 10 – Tropics to Tundra
November 14 – Gifts for the Animals

4th – 5th Grade

September 19 – Decoding Behaviors
October 17 – Super Swimmers
November 28 – Zoo Sciences

6th – 8th Grade

October 24 – Zoo-ology

Zoo Boise Kid Night (ages 7 - 12)

Boise Spring nights just can’t be beat… unless you add in exclusive access to Zoo Boise at night! See the zoo in a whole new light. Learn how Zoo Boise cares for nocturnal animals, try your hand at night time survival skills games, and enjoy a snack out under the stars while observing the animals at Zoo Boise! November 10, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Kids with Adults Programs

Stroller Safari

Adult + child (ages 2 and under) preregistration required.

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.

All programs are on Thursdays from 10:00am – 10:30am.

September 13 – Armadillo
September 20 – Fish
September 27 – Red Fox
October 4 – Skunk
October 11 – Komodo Dragon
October 18 – Owl

PreSchool Zoo

Adult + child (ages 3-5) Both must register individually.

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.

Series 1 – September
Topic: Kinkajou, Lion, and Sarus Crane
Tuesdays – September 11 – 25 – 9:30am – 10:30am
Tuesdays – September 11 – 25 – 11:00am – 12:00pm
Saturdays – September 15 – 29 – 10:00am – 11:00am

Series 2 – October
Topic: Giraffe, Hyena, and Spider
Tuesdays – October 2 – 16 – 9:30am – 10:30am
Tuesdays – October 2 – 16 – 11:00am – 12:00pm
Saturdays – October 6 – 20 – 10:00am – 11:00am

Series 3 – November
Topic: Tamarin, Penguin, and Toad
Tuesdays – November 6 – 27* – 9:30am – 10:30am
Tuesdays – November 6 – 27* – 11:00am – 12:00pm
Saturdays – November 3 – 17 – 10:00am – 11:00am
*No program on November 20 due to Thanksgiving break.

Family & Friends Exclusive Experience

Gifts for the Animals Enrichment Building

During this time of giving thanks come spend extra time appreciating our animals here at Zoo Boise by creating special enrichments. Learn all about how enrichments are used to provide the very best animal care to our animals and watch them interact with your creations right before your eyes! Program is designed for children ages 6-10 with their favorite adult – although all ages 6 and older are welcome. Minimum participants 10, maximum 25. 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. November 21, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Adult Programs

Adult Evenings Out (18 years and older)

Fantastic Creatures and Where Muggles Can Find Them!

Still waiting on your Hogwarts letter to learn all about magical creatures? The wait is now over with Zoo Boise’s Care of Amazing Creatures class. All houses, even you Slytherins, are welcome! Whether you are a snake, lion, badger, or eagle, come join us for an evening of learning and fun where you can learn all about the craziest animals in Zoo Boise’s collection. Class will include up close animal encounters but please note, no boa constrictors will be released during this program. October 30, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

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. November 17, 4:00pm – 6:00pm

NEW! Meet the Zoo Boise Staff

Meet the Zoo Boise Staff (ages 10 and older)

Must-See Panel Discussion and Interview

Have you ever wondered who is in charge of veterinary care, diet design, animal husbandry, and exhibit design at Zoo Boise? Come find out and meet our top notch panel of professional zoo staff who can answer all of your questions and lead discussion that will provide insight to the more than 200 animals that live here. Cost is per person and includes admission to the zoo. 

September 16 – 10:00am – 11:00am
September 20 – 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Snooze at the Zoo Overnights

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

Snooze at the Zoo Overnights will return in the summer.

Join us for an overnight adventure at Zoo Boise! Zoo Boise offers a variety of Snooze at the Zoo overnight programs for your Family, Scout Troop, or School Group.

Families will experience a camp out unlike any other. Sleep under the stars right in the middle of the city! Enjoy programs led by education department staff or explore the zoo on your own after regular zoo hours.

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.