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Summer 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.


As part of the City of Boise Parks & Recreation Department, registration for all Zoo Boise summer programming is on hold until further notice due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Our team has been doing some planning behind the scenes and we are hopeful that we will be able to offer summer programming eventually, but only time will tell. Should we be able to safely host some activities this summer, class and program information will be made available online. Registration would take place online or over the phone. Please check this page for updates in the coming weeks.


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Want to see the full lineup of Boise Parks and Recreation programs? Click HERE!


Ages 4 - 6

Journey across the world alphabetically! Explore nature and look behind the scenes at Zoo Boise during up-close animal encounters, fun-filled games, stories, imagination play and craft projects. Critter College introduces children to the world of animals. Kids only! Bring a small snack.

Cost is $30 per person for Zoo Boise members and $35 for non-members.

All programs are on Wednesdays from 10:00am – 12:00pm.

06/10/20 – A is for Aldabra Tortoise
06/17/20 – B is for Baboon
06/24/20 – C is for Cat
07/01/20 – E is for Eagle
07/08/20 – G is for Giraffe
07/15/20 – K is for Komodo Dragon
07/22/20 – N is for Nile Crocodile
07/29/20 – P is for Penguin
08/08/20 – S is for Sloth Bear

Zoo Camps

Zoo Boise youth camps include:

Ages 7 - 12

Cost per camp is $190 for Zoo Boise members and $215 for non-members.

Safari Guide Training

06/01/20 – 06/05/20 from 9:00am – 4:30pm

As a Safari Guide your office is the African wilderness! Your meetings will consist of encounters with animals. You will act as a guide, a teacher, a friend, a game warden, a doctor, a storyteller, a cook, and be part of wildlife conservation in a very real way! Participate in our first ever Zoo Boise Safari Guide training where we will deep dive into animal specifics and practice practical skills.

Mammal Mania

06/29/20 – 07/03/20 from 9:00am – 4:30pm

From the adorable to the powerful, from the intelligent to the truly bizarre, mammals are found the world over. During camp we will get to know the individual mammal ambassadors here at Zoo Boise, build enrichments to entice them, and learn about their wild counter parts and distant relatives.

Animal Olympics

07/27/20 – 07/31/20 from 9:00am – 4:30pm

As people from many countries come together this summer to compete in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, we will explore the athletic feats of wild animals from around the world.  Animals use specialized tools and behavior, including teamwork and competition, in order to live in the deepest sea, driest desert, and highest mountains – and they do this not for medals but to stay alive!  We’ll explore animal habitats, adaptations for survival and test our own skills on the “Animal Olympic Training Course”.

Wildlife Conservation Crew

08/10/20 – 08/14/20 from 9:00am – 4:30pm

Love animals and want to help protect them? Join the Zoo Boise Conservation Crew to try out and learn real ways you and your friends and family can have a positive impact on wildlife around the world! Study real lions, experiment with insects, explore eggs and bones, and meet some wild animal ambassadors up close!

Ages 7 - 9

Cost per camp is $190 for Zoo Boise members and $215 for non-members.

Junior Zookeeping

06/01/20 – 06/05/20 from 9:00am – 4:30pm
06/22/20 – 06/26/20 from 9:00am – 4:30pm
07/06/20 – 07/10/20 from 9:00am – 4:30pm
07/27/20 – 07/31/20 from 9:00am – 4:30pm
08/17/20 – 08/21/20 from 9:00am – 4:30pm

What is it like to work at a zoo?  Learn to design and create exhibits, make diets, identify scat, train animals, make enrichment toys for animals, meet zoo staff and find out how zoos and their visitors are helping to protect animals in the wild.

Exotic Aquatic Animals

07/13/20 – 07/17/20 from 9:00am – 4:30pm

Cool off this summer by the pools at Zoo Boise! Meet our crocodile, penguins, jellies, and more as our adventure takes us below the water surface to explore the world of water. Both at the Zoo discovering and in our own Boise River taking measurements, you’ll get your feet wet!

Dr. Zoolittle

08/03/20 – 08/07/20 from 9:00am – 4:30pm

Talk and walk with the animals at Zoo Boise this summer. Learn the language of veterinarians and test your chops at skills like reading x-rays, cleaning teeth, and taking vital measurements. Visit our animal hospital and do rounds around our zoo to learn more about the care provided for our hundreds of animals!

Ages 10 - 12

Cost per camp is $190 for Zoo Boise members and $215 for non-members.

Zookeeping & Other Wild Careers

06/08/20 – 06/12/20 from 9:00am – 4:30pm
07/20/20 – 07/24/20 from 9:00am – 4:30pm

Interested in a career working with animals?  Learn all there is to know about zoo keeping and explore other careers involving animals & wildlife conservation. Try your hand as a wildlife biologist, zoo veterinarian, wildlife educator, exhibit designer & creator and more!

Animals & Technology

06/15/20 – 06/19/20 from 9:00am – 4:30pm

Are technology & animal wildlife compatible? Learn how technologies are applied to reveal the hidden world of animals, improve the lives of people and support wildlife conservation efforts. Using wildlife camera traps to identify animals in a habitat, microscopes to determine health of zoo animals, and GPS to track animal movements are just a few examples of what’s in store for techno-savvy campers.

Asia Adventure

06/22/20 – 06/26/20 from 9:00am – 4:30pm

Take an imaginary expedition to Asia!  Enjoy your epic adventure as we trek through rainforests, grasslands and deserts.  We will gaze at graceful gibbons, create and provide a tiger enrichment feast, dance with the cranes and visit many more Asian animals.   This experience also includes exploring the variety of Asian cultures and their connections with animals through art and storytelling as well as companions.   Discover how you and many other zoo visitors are playing a part in restoring Asian wildlife through the Snare and Trap Removal project in the Annamite Mountains of southeast Asia!

Art Safari

07/06/20 – 07/10/20 from 9:00am – 4:30pm

Animals have always been celebrated in different forms of art. From paintings to sculpture to dance and music – we’ll explore all forms of art and make some of our own with a messy Zoo Boise twist!

Zoo Youth Camps with Community Partners

  • Registration takes places with community partner institutions. See camp description for registration information.
  • Members and annual passholders of participating community partner organizations may receive a discounted rate for camps. Please indicate organization membership on the registration forms.

Park Explores (ages 7 – 12)

06/15/20 – 06/19/20 from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost per camp is $200 for members and $230 for non-members.

Zoo Boise, Boise Art Museum, Idaho State History Museum, Basque Museum, Discovery Center of Idaho. Pre-registration required.

Be an active explorer of artwork, animal wildlife, and culture! This camp highlights fun activities at cultural institutions in and around Julia Davis Park.  Students will have a chance to learn more about each organization through hands-on activities and interactive experiences. Each day will be spent discovering a new topic with the Boise Art Museum, Zoo Boise, Idaho State History Museum and Basque Museum. Members of participating organizations may receive the discounted member rate for this camp. Participants will begin and end each day at the Boise Art Museum. Registration required through Boise Art Museum at www.boiseartmuseum.org.

Wild in the City (ages 9 – 12)

06/30/20 – 07/02/20 from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost per camp is $64 for City of Boise residents and $98.76 for non-residents.

Boise Environmental Education

While it is a city, Boise is part of an amazing variety of ecosystems including deserts, forests, and rivers.  Explore the wilds of the city and experience outdoor recreational opportunities Boise has to offer.  We will hike in the Boise Foothills while learning about sagebrush deserts; float the Boise River while discovering riparian habitats; visit the Boise WaterShed to examine water bugs and test water quality; climb trees to investigate tree functions and identification; safari through the zoo to explore ecosystems and animals from around the world; and explore the garden from seed to harvest while learning to prepare a healthy snack at Boise Urban Garden School. Drop-off and pick up at Zoo Boise. River float is weather permitting, and river must be open and safe. Please note this camp is shortened due to the holiday.

Nature of Idaho and Beyond (ages 7 – 12)

08/03/20 – 08/07/20 from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost per camp is $90 for City of Boise residents and $120 for non-residents.

Zoo Boise & Idaho State History Museum

Trek through our local past and uncover the global connections we all have to nature and wildlife. Spend the mornings face to face with the animal ambassadors of Zoo Boise as they inspire understanding of the variety found in the world. Visit the Idaho State History Museum in the afternoons to bring the connection and shared experiences home. Each location will be rolling out the best of the best in this partnership. Members of Zoo Boise & Idaho State History Museum may receive the discounted member rate for this camp.

Summer Camp Calendar

Snooze at the Zoo Overnights

Snooze at the Zoo (ages 7 and up + Adult)

Public Snooze at the Zoo

05/22/20 – 05/23/20 from 6:30pm-9:00am
06/27/20 – 06/28/20 from 6:30pm-9:00am
07/17/20 – 07/18/20 from 6:30pm-9:00am
08/08/20 – 08/09/20 from 6:30pm-9:00am

A memorable experience is sure to be had by those who experience Snooze at the Zoo! Zoo guides will provide your family with evening and early morning treks through the zoo to investigate animals as well as their habitats, behavior, and care. Activities, games, art projects, and up-close animal encounters are also part of the Snooze at the Zoo adventure. Evening snack, continental breakfast, and indoor/outdoor sleeping area provided. Children’s parent(s) must be present throughout the entire program. One adult per five children. Details regarding items to bring for the overnight will be sent to campers one week prior to the program. Cost per person is $50 for Zoo Boise members and $55 for non-members.

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.

Send us an EMAIL for more info.

Friends of Zoo Boise Annual Pass 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 Annual Passes? 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.