Youth Camps & Classes

Zoo Boise offers fascinating wildlife adventures during spring, summer breaks and holiday breaks through programs that are both educational and FUN! Each program features a variety of activities that include animal close-up encounters, hands-on activities, in-depth investigations, games, art projects, perhaps creating a diet or enrichment treat for a zoo animal, and zoo tours.

Registration
    Registration for 2014 Summer Camps begins April 21 for City of Boise residents and April 28 for all others.
  • Visit Online Services at City of Boise Parks & Recreation Register for Classes 
  • Stop at Fort Boise Community Center (700 Robbins Road)
  • Call Fort Boise Community Center at (208) 608-7680. Registration is not offered through Zoo Boise.
  • For Friends of Zoo Boise (FoZB) Annual Pass Holders, a current annual pass is required upon program enrollment. To purchase a Friends of Zoo Boise Annual Pass contact Zoo Boise at (208) 608-7744 or click here for more information.
  • Note: Partnership camps between Zoo Boise and other organizations may require different registration instructions; please see camp descriptions for details.


Summer Camp Topics 2014 

Registration for 2014 Summer Camps begins April 21 for City of Boise residents and April 28 for all others.
Class Size: Minimum 10, Macimum 26 unless noted otherwise.
Class Dates & Topics by Age Group

Entering Grades K-1

Critter College
Thursdays, 10am - 12noon
Through fun-filled games, and up-close animal encounters, and other activities, these programs introduce children to the world of animals. Kids only! Class Size: Minimum 10, Maximum 15
Cost (per child, per session): FoZB annual passholders $25, Boise City Residents $30, Non-residents $35
Dinosaurs!
6/12
Dig into the past and into the dirt while exploring the world of the ancient beasts known as dinosaurs
Activity Number: FoZB 430983-01
Boise City Residents & Non-residents 430889-01

Butterflies!
6/19
Experience the life of butterflies and other insects. Includes visits to the walk-through butterfly exhibit.
Activity Number: FoZB 430983-01
Boise City Residents & Non-residents 430883-01

Follow Your Nose
6/26
Use your snout, schnoz and sniffer to find out why animals need their smellers.
Activity Number: FoZB 430990-01
Boise City Residents & Non-residents 430890-01

What's for Dinner?
7/10
Flowers & fish, meat & monkey chow, grains & grasses - animals eat all kinds of things! Learn all about what animals eat and how they eat it.
Activity Number: FoZB 430991-01
Boise City Residents & Non-residents 430891-01

Symphony of Animals
7/17
Penguins honk, zebras bray, monkeys howl, frogs croak. We'll find out why animals make so many noises and then try making some noise of our own!
Activity Number: FoZB 430992-01
Boise City Residents & Non-residents 430893-01

Get in Touch with your Wild Side
7/24
Animals can be pokey, slimy, furry, scaly - Use your sense of touch to explore the textures and purpose of animal coverings.
Activity Number: FoZB 430993-01
Boise City Residents & Non-residents 430893-01

Standing Out & Blending In
7/31
Discover which animals need to hide and disguise or advertise and attract.
Activity Number: FoZB 430994-01
Boise City Residents & Non-residents 430894-01

Entering Grades 2-4
Junior Zookeeping
What is it like to work at a zoo? With this program, you will learn how to make diets, identify scat, train animals, make toys for animals, and meet some of the people who work at the zoo. Class runs Monday-Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Cost: FoZB annual passholders $155, Boise City Residents $165, Non-residents $175
Dates Activity# FoZB Activity# Boise Res/Non-res
6/9-6/13 430496-01 430406-01
7/14-7/18 430497-02 430407-02
8/4-8/8 430498-03 430408-03

Dinosaurs are DINO-mite
June 30-July 3
9am-4pm
Try your hand at paleontology! Inspired by the Zoo's summer dinosaur exhibit, you will explore, dig and excavate for evidence such as fossils and tracks to determine how dinosaurs looked and behaved. You will also investigate and compare animals of long past to animals roaming Earth today as well as create a unique "ancient animal" art piece.
Cost: FoZB annual passholders $155, Boise City Residents $165, Non-residents $175
Activity Number: FoZB annual passholder 430463-01, Boise City Residents & Non-residents 430462-01

Entering Grades 5-7
Zookeeping & Other Wild Careers
Interested in a career working with animals? With this program, you will learn all there is to know about zookeeping and also explore other careers involving animals & wildlife conservation. Try your hand as a wildlife biologist, a zoo veterinarian, or a wildlife educator! Class runs Monday through Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Cost: FoZB annual passholders $155, Boise City Residentes $165, Non-residents $175
Dates Activity# FoZB Activity# Boise Res/Non-res
6/16-6/20 430909-01 430409-01
7/21-7/25 430910-02 430410-02
8/11-8/15 430999-03 430499-03

Eco Heros
July 28-Aug 1
9am-4pm
Join the cause for wildlife conservation! We'll focus on why animals and their habitats become endangered and the many ways in which humans can protect flagship and keystone species. Learn about zoo conservation programs and famous eco-heroes, create environmentally friendly art projects, participate in a bahitat cleanup, conduct a pollution experiment and more.
Cost: FoZB annual passholders $155, Boise City Residents $165, Non-residents $175
Activity Number: FoZB annual passholder 430930-01, Boise City Residents and Non-residents 430430-01

Entering Grades 2-7
Fight or Flight
June 23-27
9am-4pm
Should I stay or should I go? Explore the behavioral and physical adaptations of animals that help them to avoid danger and stay alive. Use and hone your animal behavior observation and investigation skills to figure out the best tools animals have for fight or flight.
Cost: FoZB annual passholders $155, Boise City Residents $165, Non-residents $175
Activity Number: FoZB annual passholders 430461-01, Boise City Residents and Non-residents 430460-01

Julia Davis Park Explorers: Art, Animals & History
Zoo Boise, Boise Art Museum, & The Basque Museum
June 23-27
9am-3pm
Be an active explorer of artwork, animal wildlife and culture! This camp highlights some of the 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 location, including the Boise Art Museum, Zoo Boise and the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, Members of the participating institutions may receive the discounted member rate for this camp. Please indicate intitution membership on registration form. Macimum 20 children.
Register at www.boiseartmuseum.org. Pre-registration required by Friday, June 13.
Cost: FoZB/BAM/Basque Museum members $150, Others $180

Grand Grasslands
July 7-11
9am-4pm
What do anteaters, giraffes, penguins, prairie dogs, crowned cranes, and hyenas have in common? They all live in grasslands! This camp will involve traveling the grasslands of the world to see how animals and human cultures use this unique habitat for survival. Campers will create their own grassland to take home.
Cost: FoZB annual passholders $155, Boise City Residents $165, Non-residents $175
Activity Number: FoZB annual passholder 430465-01, Boise City Residents and Non-residents 430464-01

Patterned By Nature
Zoo Boise & Boise Art Museum
August 11-15
9am-3pm
Make connections between art, land, and nature with the Boise Art Museum and Zoo Boise! BAM's exhibition of Gail Grinnell's site-specific installation will inspire wildlife exploration and art making in this week-long camp.Students will learn about patterns, paper, and prints and study animals, their coverings, and their habitats. Mornings will be spent at Zoo Boise and afternoons will be spent at the Boise Art Museum.
Register through the Boise Art Museum at www.boiseartmuseum.org. Preregistration required by Friday, August 1, 2014. Members of the participating institutions may receive the discounted member rate for this camp. Please indicate institution membership on registration form.
Cost: FoZB/BAM members $150, Others $180

Entering Grades 3-5
Wild Words (Registration opens March 1)
Zoo Boise & The Cabin
July 28-Aug 1
9am-4pm
Form a deeper and more enduring wildlife conservation ethic through poetry and short stories! To enhance the writing experience, visit Zoo Boise for zoo-instructor-led, hands-on activities that will provide an understanding of why animals and their habitats are endangered as well as how people are working for the conservation of wildlife. At the Cabin, work with a teacher-writer and examples of poetry installed in zoos through the Language of Conservation project to create your own poems and short stories focusing on and inspired by wildlife.
Register at The Cabin www.thecabinidaho.org or (208) 331-8000. Pre-registration required by July 23, 2014. Members of the participating institutions may receive the discounted member rate for this camp; please indicate institution membership when registering.
Cost: FoZB/The Cabin members $160, Others $195