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Winter/Spring Zoo Programs

Registration opens December 8 for Winter/Spring Zoo Programs!

FACE COVERING POLICY

Face coverings are required when visiting indoor buildings and participating in animal encounters.

Face Masks Required in City of Boise Facilities

Following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and in light of increased community spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and low vaccination rates in Ada County, the City of Boise is reinstating a face covering requirement at all indoor city facilities.

This indoor mask requirement applies to all visitors and staff at city buildings including Boise City Hall, City Hall West, the Boise Public Library, branch libraries, recreation facilities, water renewal facilities and city office buildings.

This change takes effect July 28, 2021 and applies to everyone regardless of their vaccination status.

Learn more at https://www.cityofboise.org/news/mayor/2021/july/face-coverings-required-indoors-at-city-of-boise-facilities/.

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.

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

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!

KIDS WITH ADULTS PROGRAMS

Stroller Safari - adult & child 2 and under

Adult + child (ages 2 and under) preregistration required for each individual

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. Cost is $7.50 per person for Zoo Boise members and $12.50 for non-members. Both adult and child must register individually. Price includes Zoo Boise admission for the day.

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

02/03/22 – Bugs
02/10/22 – Goose
02/17/22 – Tortoise
03/03/22 – Porcupine
03/10/22 – Bear
03/17/22 – Snake
04/07/22 – Eagle
04/14/22 – Cat

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.

Series 1 – January – Tortoise, Red Panda, Crocodile

Cost is $18.50 per person for Zoo Boise members and $24.50 for non-members. Both adult and child must register individually.
01/11/22 – 01/25/22 – Tuesdays – 9:30am – 10:30am
01/15/22 – 01/29/22 – Saturdays – 10:00am – 11:00am

Series 2 – February – Lizard, Rhea, Fox

Cost is $18.50 per person for Zoo Boise members and $24.50 for non-members. Both adult and child must register individually.
02/01/22 – 01/15/22 – Tuesdays – 9:30am – 10:30am
02/05/22 – 02/19/22 – Saturdays – 10:00am – 11:00am

Series 3 – March – Bear, Snake, Vulture

Cost is $18.50 per person for Zoo Boise members and $24.50 for non-members. Both adult and child must register individually.
03/01/22 – 03/15/22 – Tuesdays – 9:30am – 10:30am
03/05/22 – 03/19/22 – Saturdays – 10:00am – 11:00am

Series 4 – April – Cricket, Prairie Dog, Anteater

Cost is $18.50 per person for Zoo Boise members and $24.50 for non-members. Both adult and child must register individually.
04/05/22 – 04/19/22 – Tuesdays – 9:30am – 10:30am
04/09/22 – 04/23/22 – Saturdays – 10:00am – 11:00am

Programs are weather permitting.

adult programs

Adult Evenings Out

Woo at the Zoo  (Ages 18+)

02/12/22 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm

A Wild Valentine’s Celebration for Adults! Birds do it. Bees do it. Snow leopards do it. Find out how animals at Zoo Boise woo each other at Woo at the Zoo. Open to both singles and sweethearts 18 and older, this memorable Valentine’s Day event will reveal the intimate secrets of exotic animal mating and dating – from the humorous and tawdry to passionate and subtle. Enjoy a guided stroll through the zoo, presentations by zookeepers regarding animal breeding in zoos, up-close animal encounters and other animal-amore-related activities.

A pasta dinner, dessert, drinks, photos with your sweetheart and take-home chocolate are included.

Cost is $50 per person.

Youth School Break Camps

School Break Camps

Zoo Boise youth camps include:

  • Zoo guided tours
  • Classroom lessons, demonstrations, and experiments
  • Exploration of animal biofacts
  • Arts & crafts projects
  • Educational videos
  • Zookeeper talks
  • Ecology-focused games

Master Tracker (Ages 7 – 11)

01/17/22 from 9:00am – 4:00pm

Cost per camp is $46 for Zoo Boise members and $50 for non-members.

When scientists study animals in the wild, finding the animal can be the most challenging part of the job! Discover the different techniques used for tracking animals including identifying animal foot imprints, scat and other markings as well as using wildlife cameras and telemetry

Africa Adventures (Ages 7 – 11)

02/21/22 from 9:00am – 4:00pm

Cost per camp is $46 for Zoo Boise members and $50 for non-members.

Travel to Africa without leaving Idaho! Giraffes, lions, hyenas, wild dogs, cranes, crocs and many more African animals will be your guide. Exploring African cultures through art and storytelling are also part of your Africa experience. Discover how you and other Zoo visitors play a part in restoring African Wildlife in Gorongosa National Park.

Zoology (Ages 7 – 11)

03/21/22 – 03/25/22 from 9:00am – 4:00pm

Cost per camp is $195 for Zoo Boise members and $215 for non-members.

Take on the challenge of being a zoologist! In this program, you will participate in the same activities of a zoologist including determining physical similarities and differences between animal groups using up-close biofact investigations, studying and creating animal diets, observing, and recording animal behaviors and finding ways that humans can help animal wildlife.

Zoo Careers (Ages 12 – 15)

03/21/22 – 03/25/22 from 9:00am – 4:00pm

Cost per camp is $195 for Zoo Boise members and $215 for non-members.

Interested in working at a zoo or another career with animal wildlife? Depending on the career, you may need skills that include fundraising, art or graphic design, marketing & communications, architecture and construction, animal collection management, education, and wildlife conservation as well as animal care. Join us to explore the many careers available at zoos and other animal-focused organizations. We will meet the veterinarian staff & zookeepers, design animal diets, conduct DNA extraction, learn how genetics plays a role captive breeding, and explore wildlife conservation projects funded by the Zoo Boise community. To assist your career planning, salaries, required education and experience, and résumé building will be explored.

Homeschool Zoo

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 $20.50 per person.

Kindergarten & 1st grade
01/12/22 – Fly, Jump, Run
02/02/22 – Celebrate Spring
03/09/22 – Experiment Expert
04/06/22 – Animal Opposites

2nd & 3rd grade
01/19/22 – Pass the Energy
02/09/22 – Animal Explorer
03/16/22 – Earth Heroes
04/13/22 – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

4th & 5th grade
01/26/22 – Zoo Genetics
02/23/22 – Beginner Biologist
03/30/22 – Conservation Club
04/20/22 – Taxonomy Trek

Snooze at the Zoo Overnights

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

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.