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 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
We are not currently scheduling Guided Field Trips.
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.
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
Self-guided visits allow students and youth groups the opportunity to explore the zoo with their teachers and chaperones. Registration is required at least two weeks in advance of your anticipated field trip date.
COVID-19 Self-Guided Visit Guidelines:
Subject to change at any time.
- Starting April 5, 2021, field trips are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays with entry times of 11:00am-11:30am or 2:00pm-2:30pm ONLY. Groups must exit the zoo by 5:00pm. Field trips will not be scheduled any other day during the week. Reservations are required.
- The zoo has implemented a timed-entry process with a limited capacity. All dates and times are on a first come, first serve basis and may become unavailable due to capacity. Approved fieldtrip requests will be communicated via email and will include a confirmed date and entry time slot, along with a field trip packet. Groups must check in at the zoo during their designated date and time slot.
- Each student, chaperone, teacher, and infant must be included in the total headcount of the original reservation request. If additional guests arrive outside of the reserved headcount, space is not guaranteed.
- Exit and reentry is not permitted.
- All visitors ages two and older are required to wear face coverings that cover their mouth and nose throughout their entire visit at Zoo Boise. If any individuals refuse to comply, the entire group will be asked to leave the zoo.
- Groups must maintain distance from others and chaperones are expected to keep their students together. At least one chaperone per five students is required.
- Visitors may eat or drink in designated area only, located in the African Plains Area zooboise.org/map. Limited space is available and is first come, first serve.
- Some indoor buildings, exhibits, play equipment, and special attractions and encounters are closed.
- Gift shop capacity is limited. If your group would like to make any purchases from the gift shop, please schedule a time to do so prior to your final exit from the zoo.
- Please help us avoid congestion! Do not congregate at the entrance when checking in, send only one person to the front gate to pay. The remainder of your group must wait across the street in Julia Davis Park and wait for further instructions from zoo staff to enter the zoo.
- Please visit https://zooboise.org/online-ticketing/ for additional information.
Cost: Special admission rates are available for nonprofit schools and registered 501c3 nonprofit organizations that provide services to youth. Visit our School Rates page to see if your organization qualifies. Registered and approved schools and organizations pay $3.00 per person (including chaperones and teachers). One payment must be made in the form of cash, school/organization check, or school/organization credit card to receive the discounted rate. Personal cards and checks are not accepted for discounted rates. 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. Groups that do not qualify for the nonprofit rate pay regular admission fees. Cost of some special attractions and encounters are not included with daily admission.
Things to Note: Chaperones are expected to guide and manage students for appropriate behavior while in the zoo. Zoo Boise requires at least one chaperone for every five students. Buses are not permitted to drop off or pick up groups at the front entrance. Visit our FAQ link for frequently asked questions.
How to Register: Select the button below and complete the form. Once your registration is processed, a confirmation packet with additional details will be emailed to you. This packet contains important payment information, check-in instructions, bus routes/parking information, and additional information that will be helpful for your visit.
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 from ZooFieldtrips@cityofboise.org. If you still haven’t received your packet or have any questions, please contact us at (208)608-7748 or EMAIL.
We look forward to hosting your self-guided field trip at Zoo Boise!