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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.

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 HERE.

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

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: NEW SCHEDULE: Only available 10:00am – 3:30pm on Fridays in April and November. 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.

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

Thank you for your interest! Self-guided visits allow students and youth groups the opportunity to explore the Zoo with their teachers and chaperones.  Special admission rates are available for public schools and registered 501c3 nonprofit organizations that provide services to youth.

Registration is required at least two weeks in advance of your anticipated field trip date and requests are scheduled in the order they are received. Visit our School Rates page to see if your organization qualifies.

Please complete the form below and select “Submit Your Form” at the bottom of the page.  Once your registration is processed, a confirmation packet with additional details will be sent to the email address indicated in your registration. This packet contains important payment information, check-in instructions, bus routes/parking information, and additional information that will be helpful for your visit.

Registered and approved public schools and nonprofit 501c3 organizations will receive a rate of $2.50 per person (including chaperones and teachers) and must pay with cash, school/organization check, or school/organization credit card to receive the discounted rate. A copy of an affirmation/tax exempt status letter from the IRS and/or a Tax-ID number may be requested to prove nonprofit 501c3 status.

Please allow five (5) business days for a Zoo employee to contact you.  If you have not received a confirmation packet email and your request was submitted more than five business days ago, please check your spam folder for an email address from the City of Boise.  If you still haven’t received your packet or have any questions, please contact (208) 608-7748.

We look forward to hosting your self-guided field trip at Zoo Boise!

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

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  • *All field trips must be scheduled 10 business days in advance.
  • Tax ID Number - Required if requesting school/non-profit group discount. IRS letter may be requested in addition to Tax ID Number.
  • Will your group need free extended parking passes? 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.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

IMPORTANT: Once selecting “Submit Your Form” the Schools & Youth Groups webpage will reload. Please scroll down to the “Self-Guided Zoo Boise Visit/ Fieldtrip” section to verify your form does not display an error message. If an error does occur, please edit the notated field(s) and reselect “Submit Your Form”.

Teacher Resources

Project Wet Goes to the Zoo!

July 13-14, 2020

Learn about water and wildlife conservation with Project WET and Zoo Boise!  In this hands-on workshop, we’ll investigate what all living things need – water – and how humans can reduce their impact to animal habitats.  On day one, we’ll explore the water cycle, water use around the world, and get our feet wet while finding macroinvertebrates in the river. On day two, take a look at animal habitats, make enrichment for a Zoo resident, play the water hole game and get the scoop on conservation projects around the world. Registration opens in April at cityofboise.org/projectwet Cost: $40.  1 P.D. credit offered through BSU and NNU.

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