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Fall Zoo Programs

Registration now open for Fall 2021 Zoo Camps!

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 $5 per person for Zoo Boise members and $6 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.

09/09/21 – Baboon
09/16/21 – Komodo Dragon
09/23/21 – Southern Ground Hornbill
10/07/21 – Green Tree Python
10/14/21 – Red Panda
10/21/21 – White-backed Vulture

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 – September – Hornbill, Warthog, & Crocodile

Cost is $15 per person for Zoo Boise members and $18 for non-members. Both adult and child must register individually.
09/07/21 – 09/21/21 – Tuesdays – 9:30am – 10:30am
09/07/21 – 09/21/21 – Tuesdays – 11:00am – 12:00pm
09/11/21 – 09/25/21 – Saturdays – 10:00am – 11:00am

Series 2 – October – African Wild Dog, Vulture, & Millipede

Cost is $15 per person for Zoo Boise members and $18 for non-members. Both adult and child must register individually.
10/05/21 – 10/19/21 – Tuesdays – 9:30am – 10:30am
10/05/21 – 10/19/21 – Tuesdays – 11:00am – 12:00pm
10/09/21 – 10/23/21 – Saturdays – 10:00am – 11:00am

Series 3 – November – Assassin Bug, Otters, & Savannah Bird

Cost is $15 per person for Zoo Boise members and $18 for non-members. Both adult and child must register individually.
11/09/21 – 11/23/21 – Tuesdays – 9:30am – 10:30am
11/09/21 – 11/23/21 – Tuesdays – 11:00am – 12:00pm
11/06/21 – 11/20/21 – Saturdays – 10:00am – 11:00am

Programs are weather permitting.

adult programs

Adult Evenings Out

Sunset at the Zoo  (Ages 18+)

11/06/21 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm

See Zoo Boise in a whole new light! Experience the zoo after hours, and 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. Cost is $12 per person for Zoo Boise members and $16 for non-members.

Fantastic Creatures and Where You Can Find Them! (Ages 18+)

11/20/21 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Still waiting on your Hogwarts letter to learn all about magical creatures? The wait is now over with Zoo Boise’s Care of Amazing Creatures class. All houses, even you Slytherins, are welcome! Whether you are a snake, lion, badger, or eagle, come join us for an evening of learning and fun where you can learn all about the craziest animals in Zoo Boise’s collection. Class will include up close animal encounters but please note, no boa constrictors will be released during this program. Cost is $12 per person for Zoo Boise members and $16 for non-members.

Youth School Break Day Camps

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

Cost per camp is $45 for Zoo Boise members and $50 for non-members.

Curious Creatures & Fearsome Features

10/21/21 from 9:00am – 4:00pm

Uncover the reasons behind the weird, wild and scary animals’ amazing adaptations! Enjoy an insider’s look into Zoo Boise’s wild collection of curious creatures and get hands on with learning through experiments, crafts, and of course up-close animal encounters.

Animals of the Night

10/22/21 from 9:00am – 4:00pm

Spooky and scary maybe, but maybe not! Animals of the night are more mysterious and specialized than many we animals we regularly see. Come find out how to enjoy these darkness dwellers and possibly spot them during your next night time adventure.

Lions & Tigers & Bears

11/23/21 from 9:00am – 4:00pm

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!

Journey to Gorongosa

11/24/21 from 9:00am – 4:00pm

Come see the NEW Gorongosa National Park Exhibit at Zoo Boise from behind the scenes perspective! The new 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.

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 (except for 11/30) from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Cost per program is $15 per person.

Kindergarten & 1st grade
09/08/21 – Classy Animals
10/06/21 – Growing Up at the Zoo
11/10/21 – Animal Eyes & Ears

2nd & 3rd grade
09/15/21 – Survival Skills
10/13/21 – Habitat
11/17/21 – Build a Zoo

4th & 5th grade
09/22/21 – Awesome Anatomy
10/20/21 – Mountains & Islands
11/30/21 – Ecosystems*

6th – 8th grade
10/27/21 – Animal Welfare

*Program is held on a Tuesday.

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.