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Registration for Winter/Spring programs are now open!

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 more.

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

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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.

Preschool Zoo – Adult + Child (ages 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.

Cost is $26.50 per participant. Adult and child must register individually. Fees cover the entire month of programs.

April Series:

Tuesday Sessions: 04/11 – 04/25 from 10AM-11AM
Saturday Sessions:
04/15 – 04/29 from 10AM-11AM
Choose one session.
Topics: primate, parakeet, and worm.

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!

Kindergarten & 1st Grade:

Times: 9AM – 11AM
Cost: $16 per participant per program
January 11 – Fur, Feathers, Scales
February 1- Weathering Winter
March 1 – Little Scientists
April 5 – Backyard Explorers

2nd & 3rd Grade:

Times: 9AM – 11AM
Cost: $16 per participant per program
January 18 – Amazing Adaptations
February 8 – Ecosystem Explorers
March 8 – Art Safari
April 12 – Tropics to Tundra

4th & 5th Grade:

Times: 9AM – 12PM
Cost: $24 per participant per program
January 25 – Wildlife Research
February 15 – Junior Zookeeper
March 15 – Endangered Species
April 19 – Celebrate Spring

6th & 8th Grade:

Times: 9AM – 12PM
Cost: $24 per participant per program
February 22 – Art Safari
March 29 – Animal Behavior
April 26 – Endangered Species

summer programs

Registration opens on April 17 for residents of Boise and April 19 for non-residents.

ADAPTIVE EVENING AT THE ZOO

Date: May 25
Time: 6PM – 8PM
Cost: $7 per person
Registration Required

Join us for an after-hours zoo experience designed for individuals with disabilities and their families and friends! Stations are focused on varying degrees of sensory input and will include self-guided animal artifact exploration, guided zoo exploration time (please note, some animals have an early bedtime), up close animal encounters, and art activities.

Zoo Boise Youth Camps

Zoo Boise youth camps include:

Ages 4 – 6

Times: 9AM – 12PM
Costs: $150 per person

Junior Zookeeping
Dates: June 12 – 16 or August 7 – 11
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.

Flying Wonders
Dates: June 12 – 16 or June 26 – 30
Look up into the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a bat, it’s a bug…well, it could be all the above!

Dr. Zoolittle
Dates: July 10 – 14 or July 17 – 21
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.

Creepy Crawlies
Dates: June 26 – 30 or July 24 – 28
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.

Primate Party
Dates: June 19 – 23 or July 24 – 28
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
Dates: June 5 – 9 or July 31 – August 4
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!

Animal Movements
Dates: June 19 – 23 or August 7 – 11
Let’s get physical! Learn about slithering reptiles, fluttering butterflies, scampering rodents, acrobatic primates, and more. Biologists must track animals and their movements.

Mammal Mania
Date: June 5 – 9
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.

Safari Guides
Dates: July 10 – 14 or July 17 – 21
As a guide, your office is the rivers or rainforests of Africa and South America! 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!

Ages 7 – 9

Times: 9AM – 4PM
Costs: $280 per person

Zookeeping 101
Dates: June 5 – 9, June 19 – 23, or July 17 – 21
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.

Animals & Tech
Date: July 10 – 14
All things tech! Hands-on exploration to learn the language of veterinarians, use tools like wildlife biologists, and run experiments in both the field and lab.

Animal Olympics
Date: July 10 – 14
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
Date: June 12 – 16
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
Dates: July 10 – 14 or August 7 – 11
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!

Mammal Mania
Date: June 26 – 30
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
Date: July 31 – August 4
Is it smooth & moist or scaly & dry? We will spend the week learning about herpetology: the study of reptiles and amphibians.

Conservation Crew
Date: July 17 – 21
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!

Ages 10 – 12

Times: 9AM – 4PM
Costs: $280 per person

Senior Zookeeping
Date: June 26 – 30 or July 31 – August 4
Try your hand as a wildlife biologist, zoo veterinarian, wildlife educator, exhibit designer & creator and more!

Animals & Tech
Date: August 7 – 11
All things tech! Hands-on exploration to learn the language of veterinarians, use tools like wildlife biologists, and run experiments in both the field and lab.

Art Safari
Date: June 19 – 23
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!

Mammal Mania
Date: June 12 – 16
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
Date: July 24 – 28
Is it smooth & moist or scaly & dry? We will spend the week learning about herpetology: the study of reptiles and amphibians.

Conservation Crew
Date: June 5 – 9
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!

Zoo Boise Youth Camps with Community Partners

Bats, Birds, & Botanical Fun
Ages: 7 – 9
Date: July 31 – August 3
Time: 9AM – 12PM
Cost: $150 per person
Register: Online HERE
Zoo Boise and the Idaho Botanical Garden are excited to offer a unique summer camp experience filled with activities to build your young learner’s scientific skills. Opportunities abound for observations of relationships between different flying animals and the many plants they visit. Ultra-violet vision, echolocation, and pollination are just a few topics learners will investigate! Participants will spend Monday and Tuesday at the Zoo and Wednesday and Thursday at the Garden.

Wildlife Words
Ages: 7 – 12
Date: June 26 – 60
Time: 9AM – 4PM
Cost: $350 per person
Register: Online at thecabinidaho.org or call 208-331-8000
Learn a new language through the eyes of animals and create a collection of reptilian, amphibian, or just plain mammalian-inspired poems and short stories while learning about the animals that inspire us at Zoo Boise and The Cabin.

Park Explorers
Ages: 7 – 11
Date: July 31 – August 4
Time: 9AM – 4PM
Cost: $450 per person
Discount: $30 if member of any participating institution
Register: Online at dcidaho.org
Partners include: Boise Art Museum, Zoo Boise, Idaho State Museum, and the Discovery Center of Idaho.

Wild in the City
Ages: 9 – 12
Date: July 31 – August 4
Time: 9AM – 4PM
Cost: $132.35 resident, 204.35 non-resident
Register: Online HERE
We’ll hike in the Boise Foothills while learning about sagebrush deserts; 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. Drop-off and pick up at Zoo Boise.

Snooze at the Zoo Overnights

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.

Send us an EMAIL for more info.

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