Schools and 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.
Parking is limited to two hours in Julia Davis Park year-round. Extended parking passes not required for buses parking in authorized “Bus Only” areas. Extended parking passes are available for free with zoo admission. More info can be found on our parking update page.
Are you with a Scout Group? Plan your trip to earn your badge and learn more on our Scouts page.
- Field Trip with Guided Program
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: $8 per student
$5 per adult chaperone & teacher
$3 per Zoo Boise member
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 15 students, and the maximum is 30 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: Only available 10:00am – 3:00pm on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from September – November and March – May. 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, three 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!”, “Habitats”
Grade Range 3-5: “Animal Teamwork”, “Amazing Adaptations”, “Build-a-Zoo”
Grades 6 and over: “Zoo Careers”
For 6th grade and over, please make note of your specific class goals in the comment section for these topics.
Please fill out the guided field trip form and a Zoo Boise employee will get back to you to confirm guided program booking.
- Self-Guided Field Trip
Field trip reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.
Our current pandemic restrictions can be found on our COVID-19 page.
Cost Per Person:
- For-Profit Groups and Organizations: Regular Admission
- Non-Profit Schools, 501c3 Organizations serving Youth, and Government Organizations: $5.00
- These qualifications must be met to receive the discounted non-profit admission rate
- A tax-exempt status letter from the IRS and/or a Tax-ID number are required to prove nonprofit 501c3 status
Important Planning Notes:
- Zoo Boise requires at least a 1:5 chaperone to child ratio. Chaperones are expected to guide and manage students for appropriate behavior while in the zoo.
- Buses are not permitted at the front gate entrance. Use this map to find bus drop off, pick up, and parking locations.
- Visit our FAQ page for frequently asked questions.
- Select the button below to fill out the registration form.
- You will receive confirmation with detailed check-in instructions from Zoo Boise (Check your spam if you don’t receive it within 5 business days).
We look forward to hosting your self-guided field trip at Zoo Boise!
- 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.
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