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Schools & Youth Groups

Whether you are on a school field trip or youth group adventure, a visit to Zoo Boise offers unique nature-inspired experiences. Zoo Boise offers and continues to develop tools to assist educators in engaging student learning about animals, habitats, ecology, science, and wildlife conservation.

Are you with a Scout Group? Plan your trip to earn your badge here!

To make the most of your visit, Zoo Boise offers a variety of opportunities to enhance your wildlife experience! Visit our Educator Resources (coming soon), Special Attractions, and Public Education pages.

Field Trip with Guided Program

Guided Programs are available September through April and booking will be available again starting near the end of the summer.

Each program includes content focused on a topic in the form of a guided zoo tour, Biofact (animal pelts, skulls & bones, feathers, beaks, eggs, etc.) exploration, hands-on STEM focused activities and animal meet & greet (animal availability subject to change depending on the needs of the animal).

COST:  $5.00 per student ($2.50 per adult chaperones & teachers). This price is available to public schools, and registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that provide services to youth.

LENGTH: 1 hour programs; can be shortened.

GROUP SIZE: Minimum is 10 students, and the maximum is 25 students at a time. To arrange back to back programs on the same topic for larger groups please make a note in the comments portion of the form.

AVAILABLE SCHEDULE: 10am – 3:30pm Tuesday through Friday in September through April. Dates can fill up fast, and programs are not available on demand once you arrive at the zoo. 2 weeks advanced submission of the below form is recommended, and you will receive confirmation, or alternate dates within a week.

TOPICS AND STANDARDS: Based on feedback from teachers, 3 options have been developed for each grade range, K-2, 3-5, and 6+. Within these topics is a program that most naturally satisfies one of the Idaho Science Content Standards, the others while originally designed for other age groups are made available and adjusted to meet age appropriate needs of students.

Grade Range K-2: “Fur, Feathers, & Scales”, “Way to Grow!”, “Tropical Rainforests?”
Grade Range 3-5: “Animal Teamwork”, “Amazing Adaptations”, “Build-a-Zoo”
Grades 6 and over: “Zoo Careers”, “Conservation Club”, “Wildlife Science”
For 6th grade and over, please make note of your specific class goals in the comment section for these topics.

Click HERE to see the Topics and Standards descriptions and breakdowns.

A Zoo Boise employee will get back to you within 3 business days.

Snooze at the Zoo

Experience a camp out unlike any other.  Sleep under the stars, surrounded by exotic animals, right in the middle of the city!  You’ll enjoy wildlife-focused programs led by zoo staff (including a zoo tour in the dark), interacting with some animals, exploring the zoo on your own, and more.

Zoo-instructor-led activities vary depending on group size, interests and goals as well as weather.  Sample activities include ecology-themed games, animal meet & greets, nature-themed art projects and specialized tours.  Activities and program schedule can be tailored to meet specific requirements with ample notice to the Zoo instructor.

For more information click here.

Self-Guided Zoo Boise Visit/Field Trip

For a self-guided Zoo Boise visit, the cost is $2.50 per person (including adult chaperones & teachers).  Rates only apply to public schools and registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that provide services to youth. Visit our School Rates page to see if your organization qualifies.  Register your youth group visit at least two weeks in advance by completing the form below.  Once your visit is scheduled, a confirmation and information packet will be sent to you for review prior to your visit. A Zoo Boise employee will get back to you within 3 business days.

Contact Name, Email, and Phone Number are required to process field trip form.

Book A Field Trip Today

  • *All field trips must be scheduled 10 business days in advance.
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