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 FOR FALL ZOO 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.
Have a question for Zoo Boise’s education staff? We’d love to hear from you! Please send us an EMAIL.
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
KIDS WITH ADULTS PROGRAMS
- Stroller Safari - adult & child 2 and under
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! Cost is $5 per person for Zoo Boise members and $6 for non-members. Both adult and child must register individually.
All programs are on Thursdays from 10:00am – 10:30am.
09/12/2019 – Rhea
09/19/2019 – Gibbon
09/26/2019 – Tiger
10/03/2019 – Crane
10/10/2019 – Frog
10/17/2019 – Hyena
- PreSchool Zoo - adult & children 3-5
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 is $15 per person for Zoo Boise members and $18 for non-members. Both adult and child must register individually.
Series 1 – September – Hornbill, Warthog, and Crocodile
09/10/2019 – 09/24/2019 – Tuesdays – 9:30am – 10:30am
09/10/2019 – 09/24/2019 – Tuesdays – 11:00am – 12:00pm
09/14/2019 – 09/28/2019 – Saturdays – 10:00am – 11:00am
Series 2 – October – Wild dog, Vultures, and Millipede
10/01/2019 – 10/15/2019 – Tuesdays – 9:30am – 10:30am
10/01/2019 – 10/15/2019 – Tuesdays – 11:00am – 12:00pm
10/05/2019 – 10/19/2019 – Saturdays – 10:00am – 11:00am
Series 3 – November – Assassin Bug, Otters, and Savannah Bird
11/05/2019 – 11/19/2019 – Tuesdays – 9:30am – 10:30am
11/05/2019 – 11/19/2019 – Tuesdays – 11:00am – 12:00pm
11/02/2019 – 11/16/2019 – Saturdays – 10:00am – 11:00am
family & friends exclusive experience
- Gifts for the Animals - Enrichment Building
11/27/2019 from 10:00am – 12:00pm
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.
Cost is $12 per person for Zoo Boise members and $16 for non-members. Children under 18 must be accompanied adult; accompanying adult must register and pay program fee. Cost includes admission to the zoo.
- Adult Evenings Out
Fantastic Creatures and Where Muggles Can Find Them! (Ages 18+)
11/01/2019 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm
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. Cost is $12 per person for Zoo Boise members and $16 for non-members.
Sunset at the Zoo (Ages 18+)
11/16/2019 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm
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. Cost is $12 per person for Zoo Boise members and $16 for non-members.
School Break Day Camps
- School Break Day Camps - Ages 7-12
Cost per camp is $45 for Zoo Boise members and $50 for non-members.
Curious Creatures & Fearsome Features
10/24/2019 from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Uncover the reasons behind the weird, wild and scary animals’ amazing adaptations! Enjoy an insider’s look into Zoo Boise’s wild collection of curious creatures and get hands on with learning through experiments, crafts, and of course up-close animal encounters.
Animals of the Night
10/25/2019 from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Spooky and scary maybe, but maybe not! Animals of the night are more mysterious and specialized than many we animals we regularly see. Come find out how to enjoy these darkness dwellers and possibly spot them during your next night time adventure.
Lions & Tigers & Bears
11/25/2019 from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Oh my! These 3 big hitters of the zoo world require more work to keep safe here at Zoo Boise and in the wild. Find out what ties these magnificent creatures together and how they are overcoming the challenges they face with your help!
Journey to Gorongosa
11/26/2019 from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Come experience the NEW Gorongosa National Park Exhibit at Zoo Boise from behind the scenes perspective! The new exhibit features animals like crocodiles, baboons, and African wild dogs that are just part of the story behind this boundary pushing exhibit. Explore the Idaho connection to Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique Africa and the community that we have built together.
- 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 programs are on Wednesdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Cost per program is $15 per person.
Kindergarten & 1st grade
09/11/2019 – Classy Animals
10/02/2019 – Growing Up at the Zoo
11/06/2019 – Animal Eyes & Ears
2nd & 3rd grade
09/18/2019 – Survival Skills
10/09/2019 – Habitat
11/13/2019 – Build a Zoo
4th & 5th grade
09/25/2019 – Awesome Anatomy
10/16/2019 – Mountains & Islands
11/20/2019 – Ecosystems
6th – 8th grade
10/30/2019 – Animal Welfare
zoo boise kid night
- kid night (ages 7-12)
11/09/2019 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Boise Fall 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! Cost is $20 per person for Zoo Boise members and $25 for non-members.
Snooze at the Zoo Overnights
- Snooze at the Zoo (ages 7 and up + Adult)
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.
You 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.
Send us an EMAIL for more info.
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.