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.
SUMMER ZOO PROGRAMS – REGISTRATION NOW OPENClick 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
- 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! Space is limited to 26 so register soon. Cost is $20 per person for Zoo Boise members and $25 for non-members.
April 20, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
- Kids Ages 7 - 12
Bats, birds, and bugs get to be the aerial acrobats thanks to amazing adaptations. Meet a scientist and learn exactly what it takes to study these lofty animals! This week will fly by with migration games, bug behavior experiments, animal meet and greets and more! This camp is shortened to 3 days due the Independence Day holiday. Cost is $114 per person for Zoo Boise members and $129 for non-members. July 1-3, 9:00am – 4:30pm
Boogie down with our primate cousins: apes, monkeys & lemurs. Discover their differences & similarities and create presents for the primates. Monkey around with the Baboons and Vervet monkeys in our brand new Gorongosa National Park Exhibit and see our Gibbons in their specially made new home! Cost is $190 per person for Zoo Boise members and $215 for non-members. July 22-26, 9:00am – 4:30pm
Love animals and want to help protect them? Join the Zoo Boise Conservation Crew to try out and learn real ways you and your friends and family can have a positive impact on wildlife around the world! Study real lions, experiment with insects, explore eggs and bones, and meet some wild animal ambassadors up close! Cost is $190 per person for Zoo Boise members and $215 for non-members. August 12-16, 9:00am – 4:30pm
- Kids Ages 7 - 9
What is it like to work at a zoo? Learn to design and create exhibits, make diets, identify scat, train animals, make enrichment toys for animals, meet zoo staff and find out how zoos and their visitors are helping to protect animals in the wild. Cost is $190 per person for Zoo Boise members and $215 for non-members.
June 3-7, 9:00am – 4:30pm
June 24-28, 9:00am – 4:30pm
July 8-12, 9:00am – 4:30pm
July 29-August 2, 9:00am – 4:30pm
THE MIGHTY JUNGLE
You’ve seen the movies and read the books of legendary adventurers in the deep forests. Experience the jungle through their eyes and compare to the real-life animals that call “the mighty jungle” home. We’ll explore fact versus fantasy of natural forests and humans living alongside wild animals through activities based in science as well as the arts. Cost is $190 per person for Zoo Boise members and $215 for non-members. July 15-19, 9:00am – 4:30pm
Take an imaginary expedition to Africa! Enjoy your epic adventure as we trek through rainforests, savannahs and deserts. We will gaze at graceful giraffes, create and provide a lion enrichment feast, dance with the cranes and visit many more African animals. Discover how you and many other zoo visitors are playing a part in restoring African wildlife at Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa by visiting out brand new exhibit! Cost is $190 per person for Zoo Boise members and $215 for non-members. July 22-26, 9:00am – 4:30pm
- Kids Ages 10 - 12
ZOOKEEPING & OTHER WILD CAREERS
Interested in a career working with animals? Learn all there is to know about zoo keeping and explore other careers involving animals & wildlife conservation. Try your hand as a wildlife biologist, a zoo veterinarian, wildlife educator, exhibit designer & creator and more! Cost is $190 per person for Zoo Boise members and $215 for non-members.
June 10-14, 9:00am – 4:30pm
July 15-19, 9:00am – 4:30pm
ANIMALS & TECHNOLOGY
Are technology & animal wildlife compatible? Learn how technologies are applied to reveal the hidden world of animals, improve the lives of people and support wildlife conservation efforts. Using wildlife camera traps to identify animals in a habitat, microscopes to determine health of zoo animals, and GPS to track animal movements are just a few examples of what’s in store for techno-savvy campers. Cost is $190 per person for Zoo Boise members and $215 for non-members. June 17-21, 9:00am – 4:30pm
Let’s enjoy the wonderful world of cats! Find out what makes cats the ultimate predator. Explore wild cat habitats, test your “cat” skills, create a special treat for a Zoo Boise cat, and create your own cat-themed art. Delve into the science of cat conservation and how it is being applied to protecting cats all over the world. Cost is $190 per person for Zoo Boise members and $215 for non-members. June 24-28, 9:00am – 4:30pm
This keystone science course introduces the classification, relationships, structure, and function of major animal classes – Zoo Boise style! You will have the exclusive opportunity to create enrichment specially designed to showcase common characteristics shared by animals of the same classification, study anatomy through dissection and skeletal comparisons, and more. Cost is $190 per person for Zoo Boise members and $215 for non-members. July 8-12, 9:00am – 4:30pm
- ZOO YOUTH CAMPS WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Registration takes places with community partner institutions. See camp description for registration information.
Members and annual passholders of participating community partner organizations may receive a discounted rate for camps. Please indicate organization membership on the registration forms.
PARK EXPLORERS (ages 7 – 12)
Zoo Boise, Boise Art Museum, Basque Museum
Pre-registration required. Pre-registration deadline: Wednesday, June 12, 2018
Be an active explorer of artwork, animal wildlife, and culture! This camp highlights fun activities at 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 Basque Museum. Participants will begin and end each day at the Boise Art Museum. (BAM and Zoo Boise members may receive the discounted member rate for this camp. Please indicate institution membership on registration form.) Registration required through Boise Art Museum at www.boiseartmuseum.org.
Cost is $160 per person for Zoo Boise members and $190 for non-members. June 17-21, 9:00am – 4:00pm
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 prepare a healthy snack at Boise Urban Garden School. Class size: Maximum 24. Drop-off and pick up at Zoo Boise. River float is weather permitting and river must be open and safe.
Cost is $79 per person for City of Boise residents and $121.90 for non-residents. July 29-August 2, 9:00am – 4:00pm
WILDLIFE WORDS (ages 8 – 11)
Zoo Boise & The Cabin
Form a deeper and more enduring wildlife conservation ethic. Start at Zoo Boise each morning with 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. In the afternoon, 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 at www.thecabinidaho.org.
Cost is $175 per person for Zoo Boise members and $205 for non-members. August 5-9, 9:00am – 4:00pm
CONSTRUCTING NATURE (ages 7 – 12)
Zoo Boise & Boise Art Museum
Construct art objects inspired by nature! BAM’s exhibition will inspire wildlife exploration and art making in this week-long camp. Students will experiment with multiple mediums including painting, drawing, weaving, and sculpting. Mornings will be spent at Zoo Boise and afternoons will be spent at the Boise Art Museum. (Members of Zoo Boise may receive the discounted member rate for this camp. Please indicate institution membership on registration form.) Register through Boise Art Museum at www.boiseartmuseum.org.
Cost is $160 per person for Zoo Boise members and $190 for non-members. August 5-9, 9:00am – 4:00pm
CRITTER COLLEGE (KIDS AGES 5 – 6)
- Critter College
Journey across the world alphabetically! Explore nature and look behind the scenes at Zoo Boise 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! Cost per participant per class is $30 for Zoo Boise members and $35 for non-members. All programs are on Thursday from 10am – 12pm.
June 13 – A is for Anteater – Take a special look at our baby anteater born earlier this year!
June 20 – B is for Butterfly – Get a look inside our butterfly lab as new butterflies emerge!
June 27 – C is for Cat – Learn to Roar and Chuff like our new tiger!
July 11 – M is for Monkey – Make enrichment for the Zoo Boise Monkeys!
July 18 – N is for Nile Crocodile – Feel a real crocodile scales, and see inside their strong jaws!
July 25 – O is for Otter – Slide along with these playful animals and explore some of their favorite foods!
August 1 – V is for Vulture – Great and gross, you’ll get wingtip to wingtip with these buzzards!
August 8 – W is for Wild Dog – Race these marathon runners to see if you have what it takes to be part of the pack.
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.
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.
FAMILY SNOOZE AT THE ZOO OVERNIGHT (Adult + child ages 7+)
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. Cost is $45 per person for Zoo Boise members and $50 for non-members.
May 17 – 18, 6:30pm – 9:00am – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
June 8 – 9, 6:30pm – 9:00am – REGISTRATION OPENS SOON
July 13 – 14, 6:30pm – 9:00am – REGISTRATION OPENS SOON
August 9 – 10, 6:30pm – 9:00am – REGISTRATION OPENS SOON
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.