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Fall Education Programs and 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

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 $30.50 per participant. Adult and child must register individually. Fees cover the entire month of programs.

Series 1:

Dates: September 13-27
Day/Time: Tuesdays from 10AM-11AM
Topics: African wild dog, crane, and tortoise

Series 2:

Dates: October 1-22 or 4-25
Day/Time: Saturdays or Tuesdays from 10AM-11AM
Topics: spider monkey, owl, snake, and spider

Series 3:

Dates: November 1-15 or 5-19
Day/Time: Tuesdays or Saturdays from 10AM-11AM
Topics: lion, penguin, and crocodile

Register for Zoo Programs Here

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

School Break Day Camps - Ages 7 - 10

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

Journey to Gorongosa

October 20 from 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Cost per camp is $55 and Zoo Boise members get a discount.

Come see the Gorongosa National Park Exhibit at Zoo Boise from behind the scenes perspective! Our incredible exhibit features animals like crocodiles, baboons, and African wild dogs that are just part of the story behind this boundary pushing exhibit. Explore the Idaho connection to Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique Africa and the community that we have built together.

Lions & Tigers & Bears

October 21 from 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Cost per camp is $55 and Zoo Boise members get a discount.

Oh my! These 3 big hitters of the zoo world require more work to keep safe here at Zoo Boise and in the wild. Find out what ties these magnificent creatures together and how they are overcoming the challenges they face with your help!

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!

Cost: $20.50 per participant per program. All Homeschool Zoo programs are on Wednesdays from 9AM – 12PM. 

Kindergarten & 1st Grade:

September 7 – Fuzzy Families
October 5 – All About Africa
November 2  – Animal Senses

2nd & 3rd Grade:

September 14 – Amazing Adaptations
October 12 – What’s For Dinner
November 9  – Gifts for the Animals

4th & 5th Grade:

September 21 – Decoding Behaviors
October 19 – Zoo Sciences
November 16  – Art Safari

6th & 8th Grade:

September 28 -Taxonomy Trek
October 26 – Animals, People, Tech
November 30 – Ecosystem Explorers

Register for Zoo Programs Here

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

Adult Programs

See Zoo Boise in a whole new light! Experience the zoo after hours, learn about the daily rhythm of animals, and how we accommodate them. You’ll experience an evening of fun activities, experiments, and up-close animal encounters.

Sunset at the Zoo

September 22 from 6PM – 8PM
November 10 from 6PM – 8PM
Cost: $20

See Zoo Boise in a whole new light! Experience the zoo after hours, learn about the daily rhythm of animals, and how we accommodate them. You’ll experience an evening of fun activities, experiments, and up-close animal encounters.

Fantastic Creatures: The Secrets of Zoo Boise!

October 27 from 6PM – 8PM
Cost: $25

Our head wizard needs your help! Join other magizoologists to learn about the crazy creatures in Zoo Boise’s collection. Who is your patronus? Be it a lion, badger, or eagle, all houses (even you snakes) are welcome! Come join us for an evening of learning and fun. Class will include up-close animal encounters but please note, no boa constrictors will be released during this program.

Register for Zoo Programs Here

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

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.

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

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.

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