Idaho Falls Zoo – William J. Maeck Education Center

The William J. Maeck Education Center was recognized as one of Idaho’s top 3 public works projects of 2021. Petra was pleased to be part of this project and enjoyed working closely with the Idaho Falls Zoo and William J. Maeck Foundation to provide a new training and education facility that they so desperately needed. The zoo’s original education space was just 144 square feet with no running water, no bathrooms, and inadequate capacity for students.

Ground-up construction of the William J. Maeck Education Center at Tautphaus Park included build-outs of 3 multi-use classrooms, administrative office space, a break room with kitchenette, restrooms, and storage area.

With classes and courses for visitors of all ages, as well as summer camps and other events for children, the zoo’s ambition of the William J. Maeck Education Center is the main hub for conservation education in eastern Idaho.


4,500 square feet


Idaho Falls



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