Education

Exploration starts at an early age.

We love that parents, grandparents, families & friends take the time to explore the world together with their visits to Aquarium of Boise. We support learners, of all ages, with our educational programs as a part of our mission to educate, inspire & conserve.

Community outreach

Virtual Teleconference Meeting with Students

Using Zoom or Google Hangout you can purchase a virtual teleconference meeting with a biologist/educator at the Aquarium of Boise.

Group Tours & Programs

Explore, learn, interact.

Our Exhibits
Groups

The aquarium offers a special group rate admission for school & non-profit groups of 4 or more individuals.

  • $9.31/ ea. Adult
  • $5.15/ ea. Kid
  • School groups get 1 free chaperone per 10 students and 2 free chaperones per 20 students. No free chaperones for homeschool groups.
Guided Tours

Explore and learn more about the animals while a staff member guides you through the aquarium.

  • $9.31/ ea. Adult
  • $6.19/ ea. Kid
  • School groups get 1 free chaperone per 10 students and 2 free chaperones per 20 students. No free chaperones for homeschool groups.
Behind the Seas Feeding Tour

Get the opportunity to join our aquatic staff and animals for brunch on our Behind the Seas Feeding Tour. You will start with a small guide around our back-animal care area. After you will proceed to follow your guide to the kitchen and participate in prepping the food for that day, each preparation is made of
restaurant quality seafood. You will get the chance to observe when our staff weighs and records how much food each tank receives as well as a close interaction of target feeding specific aquatic exhibits with a variety of fish.

Schedule (Approximately 30-60 minutes long)

  • Tuesdays: Shrimp Day
  • Thursdays: Silverside Day
  • Saturday: Night Smelt Day

PLEASE SCHEDULE A WEEK IN ADVANCE!

Requirements

  • Wear any clothing you do not mind getting wet/dirty
  • Wear closed toe shoes, no heels or open toe shoes allowed (i.e. flip flops)
  • We recommend any guests with any shellfish or seafood allergies do NOT participate in this encounter
  • Guests ages 6-12 must be accompanied by a participating adult (18+)

Accessibility

  • Use of stairs; elevators are NOT available
  • Walking/standing for 60 min. max
  • Wet and slippery floors
  • Light and dark areas
  • Confined Spaces
School Programs

Our programs have been designed to meet the Idaho Content Standards for Science.

Preschool: Preschool: $46.80/ class $3.12 each additional child 2 free chaperones. Maximum of 15 participants.

  • Our 5 Senses
    Get up close and personal with the aquarium with ALL of our senses!
  • Swim, Crawl or Float
    We will learn how different ocean animals move through the ocean.
  • Bigger or Smaller?
    We’ll find out if we’re bigger or smaller than some of animals in the sea.
  • Hey, Where did you go?
    Some animals are experts at hiding! Join us while learn about camouflage.
  • What’s For Breakfast?
    We will learn food chains of the ocean.
  • Fantastic Fish
    Join us while we learn about some of our favorite fishy characters.

K-6th Grade:

  • Shark & Ray Lab:
    Discover the wonder and diversity of sharks & rays and their unique adaptations.
  • Baleen and Tooth Whale Lab:
    For 3rd graders. Explore the difference between these ocean giants and their toothed cousins in this unique STEM Lab.
  • Squid Lab:
    For K-6th graders. Octopus, squid and cuttlefish have some special features. Explore these curious cephalopods with this Squid Dissection Lab.
Outreach Programs

Life in the Ocean $62.40/hour:
Allow us to bring the aquarium to your classroom! Our educator will give students a visual guided tour discussing the diversity of life in the ocean. Students will have the opportunity to explore and interact with some of the Aquarium’s resident animals.

Conservation

Seafood Watch

Aquarium of Boise partners with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch® program to promote sustainable seafood messaging.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch® program helps consumers and businesses choose seafood that's caught or farmed in ways that support a healthy ocean, now and for future generations. Our recommendations indicate which seafood items are "Best Choices" or "Good Alternatives," and which ones you should "Avoid."

Learn more at seafoodwatch.org.

Vaquita Conservation

Endangered Species: Vaquita Porpoise

The vaquita is the world's most endangered marine mammal. The vaquita is a small porpoise (which are cousins to whales and dolphins). It is found in a tiny area in the extreme northern Gulf of Mexico, near Baja California, Mexico. There is only one small population, and if the species goes extinct, it will be gone forever.

The Aquarium of Boise has partnered with other zoos & aquariums, conservation organization and other government & non government organizations to promote the conservation of this unique marine mammal.

For more information go to www.vivavaquita.org to learn more about how you can help.