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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 some interesting Zoo Boise history.

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

Register for Zoo Programs Here

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.

January Series:

Tuesday Sessions: 01/10 – 01/24 from 10AM-11AM
Saturday Sessions:
01/14 – 01/28 from 10AM-11AM
Choose one session.
Topics: tiger, frog, and hornbill.

February Series:

Tuesday Sessions: 02/07 – 02/21 from 10AM-11AM
Saturday Sessions:
02/11 – 02/25 from 10AM-11AM
Choose one session.
Topics: snow leopard, lizard, and pied crow.

March Series:

Tuesday Sessions: 02/28 – 03/14 from 10AM-11AM
Saturday Sessions:
03/04 – 03/18 from 10AM-11AM
Choose one session.
Topics: giraffe, walking stick, and sea eagle.

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.

Register for Zoo Programs Here

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

About Zoo Boise Youth 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

School Break Youth Camps - Ages 7 - 10

Dr. Zoolittle

January 16 from 9AM – 4PM
Cost per camp is $55 and Zoo Boise members get a discount.

Learn the language of veterinarians – using imaginative play for some tasks (sorry, we won’t be doing a dental cleaning on a tiger), reading x-rays, planning diets/Rx, and visit with Zoo staff to learn about the care provided for hundreds of animals.

Oh Behave

February 17 from 9AM – 4PM
April 21 from 9AM – 4PM
Cost per camp is $55 and Zoo Boise members get a discount.

Animals use specialized tools and behaviors, including teamwork and competition, to live in the deepest sea, driest desert, and highest mountains. Put on your “field gear” and together we can observe/explore the adaptations that our animals use to survive in their habitat.

Art Safari

February 20 from 9AM – 4PM
Cost per camp is $55 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!

Register for Zoo Programs Here

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

Spring Break Youth Camps - Ages 5 - 13

Zookeeping Spring Break Camp

March 20 – March 22
Ages 5 – 7:
9AM – 12PM, $80 per participant
Ages 8 – 10: 9AM – 4PM, $160 per participant
Ages 11 – 13: 9AM – 4PM, $160 per participant
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.

Register for Zoo Programs Here

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

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

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

Register for Zoo Programs Here

Adult Programs

Sunset at the Zoo

March 16 from 6PM – 8:30PM
Cost: $30

You will see the zoo in a new light after dark! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Zoo Boise and learn green practices to keep your world wild. Enjoy a guided tour where you may see different animals and different behaviors after hours. Together we will have an evening of fun activities, up close animal encounters, and seasonal appetizers.

Woo at the Zoo

A Wild Valentine’s Celebration for Adults
February 11 from 4PM – 7PM
Cost: $60

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.

Register for Zoo Programs Here

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

Snooze at the Zoo Overnights

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

Send us an EMAIL for more info.

Want to see the full lineup of Boise Parks and Recreation programs? 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.

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