When school’s out, Zoo Camp is IN! Nowhere else on the First Coast can your child spend all week nose-to-nose with an elephant, toe-to-toe with a flamingo, neck-to-neck with a giraffe, eye-to-eye with an anaconda or shoulder-to-shoulder with a gorilla! All of our programs include Zoo tours, activities & games, crafts and hands-on encounters with animals everyday. Members of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens receive discounts on Education Programs and FREE admission every time they visit. Become a Member today and take advantage of the discount right away!
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Join us for Winter Zoo Camp—full of crafts, activities, zoo tours, and up-close and hands-on encounters with our Education Animal Ambassadors! Winter Zoo Camp is for children ages 5 – 12. Class size is limited to the first 24 children to register. Camps meet from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Extended Care is available from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Children will be in a supervised environment with movies, games, puzzles and quiet activities available.
$35/ day members, $40/ day non-members
Sign up for all four days and receive a discount!
$125/ members, $145/ non-members
Extended care (8:00- 9:00 am, 3:00- 5:00 pm): $10/ day
Storybook Wonderland: Ages 5&6
Winter is a magical time filled with wonder and celebration. Join us as we explore the winter season through different story books. Each day will feature new stories, animals, and crafts. Campers will get to meet animal ambassadors up close, as well as explore our animal story connections in the Zoo. Click here to register.
December 19: Snowy Surprises
When you grow up in Florida, it’s not too often you get to see snow in the winter. However, for many people and animals alike, the winter season opens the door to a whole new snowy wonderland. This camp will feature stories about animals in different snowy habitats, from the Antarctic all the way to the Arctic tundra. Each story will also feature some fun surprises that come with living in the snow as well!
December 20: Festive Friendships
The holidays are a great time to celebrate with family and friends, as well as make new friends at camp! Join us as we read fun stories about cool animal friendships and get the chance to meet new animal friends here at the Zoo!
January 2: Penguin Party
Help us ring in 2014 with a Penguin Party! Where do you find penguins? What are some of the amazing things penguins can do? We’ll answer these questions and learn even more about these feathered friends. A highlight of our day will be a trip to meet the Magellanic penguins at the Zoo!
January 3: Stories of the Season
The winter season brings lots of changes for many animals. Join us for this camp as we explore the ways animals, both on land and in water, deal with the changing temperatures and prepare for the winter. We’ll read fun stories featuring many different animals, as well as visit animal friends in the zoo.
Festive Feasts: Ages 7-9
For most people, the winter season usually involves sharing delicious meals with family and friends. This camp will feature four days of exploring a basic animal need: food! We’ll learn all about the diets of different animals as well as how the Zoo takes care of so many animals with so many different favorite foods. We’ll also explore the adaptations animals have for finding and eating food. Each day will feature up-close encounters with our animal ambassadors, as well as crafts and trips into the Zoo to meet some of our favorite animals. Click here to register.
December 19: Holly Jolly Herbivores
Our parents always like to remind us to eat our veggies, and in this camp we’ll learn all about animals that only want to eat their greens! From grazers to browsers and everything in between, we’ll go on a salad safari and learn all about the wide world of herbivores. We’ll go in search of these fruit and veggie lovers in the Zoo and meet some herbivorous animal ambassadors up-close.
December 20: Meet the Meat-eaters!
Have you ever wondered where the Zoo gets food for some of our most famous carnivores? How do the zookeepers safely feed our large, carnivorous friends? Come spend the day with us as we answer these questions and meet some of the most skilled hunters in the animal world.
January 2: Omnivores- It’s all Good!
Are you a picky eater? In this camp, we’ll learn all about animals that aren’t very picky about their food—they’ll eat plants and other animals. Join us as we explore the ins and outs of omnivores—you might just learn a little more about your own appetite along the way!
January 3: Creature Cutlery- Amazing Adaptations for Eating
Have you ever wondered how a scorpion eats its prey or why a giraffe has a dark tongue? Nature is full of amazing adaptations, and many of these adaptations help animals find and eat their food. In this camp we’ll explore the wildest ways to enjoy a meal! Join us as we answer these questions and meet some truly amazing animals!
Conservation Celebration: Ages 10- 12
Many people love to visit the Zoo to get up-close experiences with animals from all over the world, but did you know the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is also working to help animals that are endangered or threatened in the wild? Join us for this festive and informative camp to help us celebrate our conservation successes! Each day we’ll learn about a different species that the Jacksonville Zoo is working to help, as well as ways we can help too! Each camp will be highlighted by the opportunity to participate in enrichment with some of our most beloved animals. Click here to register
December 19: African Safari
Many of our most iconic and intriguing animals in the Zoo are from Africa. Some of these animals are also facing many challenges out in the wild. In this camp, we’ll explore the efforts of JZG to help save some our endangered African animals. We’ll also learn about some of the ways we can help at home. The day will be highlighted by the chance to participate in enrichment to celebrate our African animals!
December 20: Australasian Expedition
Join us as we learn about the wildlife of Australia and Asia in this special zoo camp. We’ll travel to these two continents, and the islands in between, to meet some amazing animals that are facing conservation challenges out in the wild. Along the way, we’ll celebrate the season, our animals, and continuing achievements in conservation with an enrichment opportunity—sure to make this day special for our animals and campers alike.
January 2: Trek through North America
Some of our most recognized and treasured animal species are right in our own backyard, here in North America. The bald eagle, our national symbol, is a great example of a majestic, yet endangered North American species. In this camp, we’ll explore some of the fascinating conservation projects that JZG is involved with, and we’ll get the opportunity to celebrate some of our successes with a special opportunity to participate in animal enrichment.
January 3: Adventures in the Amazon
Did you know that approximately one in ten known species on earth is from the Amazon? This amazing region in South America is home to so much biodiversity, and many species of plants and animals that are still yet to be discovered. Join us for this camp as we learn more about some of the amazing animals that come from this area and the related conservation projects we are working on at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Help our animals celebrate the New Year as well as our conservation projects by participating in animal enrichment!