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registration now open for summer zoo camps!

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.

To register over the phone call (208) 608-7680.

Register for Zoo Programs Here

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.

Want to see the full lineup of Boise Parks and Recreation programs? Click HERE!

SUMMER YOUTH ZOO CAMPS

Zoo Boise youth camps include:

If a zoo member, send us an EMAIL to receive the discount code.

School Break Camps - Ages 5 - 7

Flying Wonders

June 13 – June 17 from 9:00am – 12:00pm
Cost per camp is $140 and Zoo Boise members get a discount.

Look up into the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a bat, it’s a bug…well, it could be all the above! We will spend the week exploring the physical adaptations that different groups of animals have so they can fly. What special traits do different birds have? How are mammals like bats suited for flight? Plus, we will visit with our butterflies to look at insect characteristics.

Dr. Doolittle

June 20 – 24 from 9:00am – 12:00pm
Cost per camp is $140 and Zoo Boise members get a discount.

Talk and walk with the animals at Zoo Boise this summer. Learn the language of veterinarians and test your chops at skills like reading x-rays, cleaning teeth, and taking vital measurements. Visit with our hospital staff and do rounds around our zoo to learn more about the care provided for our hundreds of animals!

Creepy-Crawlies

June 27 – July 1 from 9:00am – 12:00pm
Cost per camp is $140 and Zoo Boise members get a discount.

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. Join the Zoo’s animal ambassadors to get over our fears of these necessary critters.

Animal Olympics

July 11 – July 15 from 9:00am – 12:00pm
Cost per camp is $140 and Zoo Boise members get a discount.

We will explore the athletic feats of wild animals from around the world. Animals use specialized tools and behaviors, including teamwork and competition, in order to live in the deepest sea, driest desert, and highest mountains – and they do this not for medals but to stay alive!  We’ll explore animal habitats, adaptations for survival and test our own skills on the “Animal Olympic Training Course”.

Primate Party

July 18 – July 22 from 9:00am – 12:00pm
Cost per camp is $140 and Zoo Boise members get a discount.

Monkey around with the baboons and vervet monkeys in our Gorongosa National Park Exhibit. Study the behaviors of the patas monkeys, gibbons, lemurs, and tamarins. Learn about the enrichment we provide for these brilliant mammals…we will provide enrichment for you too through crafts, games, and zookeeper chats.

Art Safari

July 25 – July 29 from 9:00am – 12:00pm
Cost per camp is $140 and Zoo Boise members get a discount.

Animals have always been celebrated in different forms of art. From paintings to sculpture to dance and music – we’ll explore all forms of art and make some of our own with a messy Zoo Boise twist!

Junior Zookeeping

August 1 – August 5 from 9:00am – 12:00pm
Cost per camp is $140 and Zoo Boise members get a discount.

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.

Animal Movements

August 8 – August 12 from 9:00am – 12:00pm
Cost per camp is $140 and Zoo Boise members get a discount.

Let’s get physical! Learn about slithering reptiles, fluttering butterflies, scampering rodents, acrobatic primates, and more. Biologists have to track animals and their movements. Put on your field gear as we will follow their traces through footprints, scat, and other animal signs.

School Break Camps - Ages 7 - 9

Zookeeping 101

June 6 – June 10
June 20 – June 24
July 5 – July 8 (No camp on July 4, cost is $50 less)
July 18 – July 22
9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost per camp is $250 and Zoo Boise members get a discount.

What is it like to work at a zoo? Learn to design and create exhibits, make diets, identify scat, train animals, see animals get enrichment, meet zoo staff, and find out how zoos and their visitors are helping to protect animals in the wild.

Animal Olympics

June 13 – June 17 from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost per camp is $250 and Zoo Boise members get a discount.

We will explore the athletic feats of wild animals from around the world. Animals use specialized tools and behaviors, including teamwork and competition, in order to live in the deepest sea, driest desert, and highest mountains – and they do this not for medals but to stay alive!  We’ll explore animal habitats, adaptations for survival and test our own skills on the “Animal Olympic Training Course”.

Mammal Mania

June 27 – July 1 from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost per camp is $250 and Zoo Boise members get a discount.

From the adorable to the powerful, from the intelligent to the truly bizarre, mammals are found the world over. During camp we will get to know the individual mammal ambassadors & favorites here at Zoo Boise, build enrichments to entice them, and learn about their wild counterparts and distant relatives.

Herpetology

July 25 – July 29 from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost per camp is $250 and Zoo Boise members get a discount.

Is it smooth & moist or scaly & dry? We will spend the week learning about herpetology: the study of reptiles and amphibians. We will visit with our reptilian ambassadors, learn about the conservation work being done for amphibians around the world, and study the monster (Gila) & dragon (bearded) here at Zoo Boise.

Art Safari

August 1 – August 5 from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost per camp is $250 and Zoo Boise members get a discount.

Animals have always been celebrated in different forms of art. From paintings to sculpture to dance and music – we’ll explore all forms of art and make some of our own with a messy Zoo Boise twist!

Conservation Crew

August 8 – August 12 from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost per camp is $250 and Zoo Boise members get a discount.

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!

School Break Camps - Ages 10 - 12

SENIOR ZOOKEEPING & OTHER WILD CAREERS

June 13 – June 17
June 27 – July 1
9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost per camp is $250 and Zoo Boise members get a discount.

Interested in a career working with animals? Learn all there is to know about zookeeping and explore other careers involving animals & wildlife conservation. Try your hand as a wildlife biologist, zoo veterinarian, wildlife educator, exhibit designer & creator and more!

FIERCE FELINES

June 6 – June 10 from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost per camp is $250 and Zoo Boise members get a discount.

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.

SAFARI GUIDES

June 20 – June 24 from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost per camp is $250 and Zoo Boise members get a discount.

As a Safari Guide, your office is the African wilderness! Your meetings will consist of encounters with animals. You will act as a guide, a teacher, a friend, a game warden, a doctor, a storyteller, a cook, and be part of wildlife conservation in a very real way! Participate in our Zoo Boise Safari Guide training where we will deep dive into animal specifics and practice practical skills.

ART SAFARI

July 5 – July 8 from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost per camp is $200 and Zoo Boise members get a discount.

Animals have always been celebrated in different forms of art. From paintings to sculpture to dance and music – we’ll explore all forms of art and make some of our own with a messy Zoo Boise twist!

HERPETOLOGY

July 18 – July 22 from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost per camp is $250 and Zoo Boise members get a discount.

Is it smooth & moist or scaly & dry? We will spend the week learning about herpetology: the study of reptiles and amphibians. We will visit with our reptilian ambassadors, learn about the conservation work being done for amphibians around the world, and study the monster (Gila) & dragon (bearded) here at Zoo Boise.

Mammal Mania

July 25 – July 29 from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost per camp is $250 and Zoo Boise members get a discount.

From the adorable to the powerful, from the intelligent to the truly bizarre, mammals are found the world over. During camp we will get to know the individual mammal ambassadors & favorites here at Zoo Boise, build enrichments to entice them, and learn about their wild counterparts and distant relatives.

Flying Wonders

August 1 – August 5 from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost per camp is $250 and Zoo Boise members get a discount.

Look up into the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a bat, it’s a bug…well, it could be all the above! We will spend the week exploring the physical adaptations that different groups of animals have so they can fly. What special traits do different birds have? How are mammals like our bats suited for flight? Plus, we will visit with our butterflies to look at insect characteristics.

Conservation Crew

August 8 – August 12 from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost per camp is $250 and Zoo Boise members get a discount.

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!

Camps with Community Partners

Sue at the Zoo!

July 11 – July 15 from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost per camp is $265.

Campers will get to start this special adventure each morning at Zoo Boise, getting up close and personal with living descendants of the dinosaurs and then end the day with the Discovery Center of Idaho’s “dinosaurs in residence”, Sue and Tinker! Campers can enjoy daily outdoor picnic lunches in beautiful Julia Davis Park. Drop off at Zoo Boise and pick up at Discovery Center of Idaho. Wear walking shoes and don’t forget your water bottles, sack lunches and sunscreen!

Registration happens through the Discovery Center of Idaho.

Register for Sue at the Zoo Here

Snooze at the Zoo Overnights

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

Public Snooze at the Zoo

Public Snooze at the Zoo events are open to individuals, families, and groups who may not have enough people to schedule a private event but would still like to enjoy the experience and meet others doing the same. Children 17 years and under are required to be accompanied by a paid adult. At least one adult is required per three children registered. Public Snooze at the Zoo events are on designated dates.

2022 Public Snooze at the Zoo Dates:
May 27
June 24
July 16
August 20

Register for a Public Snooze at the Zoo Here

Private Snooze at the Zoo

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. Private Snooze at the Zoo is available April – October.

Send us an EMAIL for more info.

Friends of Zoo Boise membership 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 memberships? 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.