Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

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Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Spring Programming

Summer 2014 Early Childhood information is listed below.

Story Safari Series

Story Safari Series will introduce you and your child (ages 1-3) to a favorite animal themed book that will engage him or her in a new wonder of the Animal Kingdom. Each 30-minute program will emphasize a positive and engaging interaction with one of the Zoo’s animal ambassadors to help each story come to life. Class size is limited to the first 15 children to register.

We recommend that the caregiver/child ratio for this program be 1:1. We realize this will not always be possible but please be aware that this class will rely heavily on caregiver/child interaction throughout the entire program.

                                       
Date Book Time
February 3 Time to Sleep
By Denise Fleming
All sessions FULL
February 17 Lick!
By Matthew Van Fleet
All sessions FULL
March 3 One Magical Day
By Claire Freedman
All sessions FULL
March 17 The Sleepy Way Home to Bed
By Claire Freedman
All sessions FULL
March 31 The Wonderful Book
By Leonid Gore
All sessions FULL
April 14
The Splendid Spotted Snake: A Magic Ribbon Book
By Alexander Wilensky
All sessions FULL

Please note that a 2 p.m. time slot has been added to this semester’s schedule.

All time slots (10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 2 p.m.) will be the same program. Please only register for one time slot and attend the specific time for which you are registered as we will need to plan accordingly for each class


Story Safari Series Programs meet at the PepsiCo Foundation Education Campus. You do not need to enter the Zoo for this program.

Fee (includes all 6 stories for the entire series and one accompanying adult): $20/child (members) $25child (non-members)

*All sessions for the Story Safari Series are currently full. Please contact (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to be placed on the waiting list

2014 Spring Story Safari Series Flyer


Zoo Tots

Zoo Tots focuses on specific animal themes to engage your preschooler as he/she learns about the wonders of the Animal Kingdom. Each program emphasizes positive and engaging interactions with animal ambassadors as well as activities, stories, and crafts that revolve around the week’s central theme. Each week’s program builds on knowledge from the previous week, so you and your child will not want to miss a class. These programs are open to preschoolers 3 to 5 years old plus one adult (parent/guardian). All programs are 60-minutes long and take place in the Discovery Center located at Play Park inside the Zoo. Class size is limited to the first 12 children to register.

Spring 2014 Zoo Tots Programs

Date Topic Time
February
5 or 6 Winter Wonders:
The Winter Season
9:30 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m.
12 or 13 Cold Critters:
Arctic Habitats
9:30 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m.
19 or 20 Rain, Rain, Don’t Go Away
Rainforest Habitats
9:30 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m.
26 or 27 Tree Tales
Forest Habitats
9:30 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m.
March
5 or 6 Desert Days
Desert Habitats
9:30 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m.
12 or 13 Daytime Fun:
Diurnal Animals
9:30 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m.
19 or 20 Nightly Adventures:
Nocturnal Animals
9:30 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m.
26 or 27 Turn Up the Heat!
Cold-blooded Animals
9:30 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m.
April
2 or 3 Temperature Control:
Warm-blooded Animals
9:30 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m.
9 or 10 Spring into Spring
The Spring Season
9:30 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m.

You will have the option to register for either an individual Zoo Tots class or the entire Zoo Tots Semester at either 9:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.  Registering for individual classes will allow you to register as the semester progresses for 1 class, 2 classes, or as many as you’d like.  This allows for flexible scheduling if you are uncertain of your schedule from week to week.

Registering for the Semester option will entitle you to all 10 classes for the price of 9 with a one-time payment upon registration.

Please note that the 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Zoo Tots programs will be the same program. You may register for either one. Please attend the specific time for which you are registered as we will need to plan accordingly for each class.

Please see fees and options below.

Fee for Zoo Tots Individual Class
$7/child/class (Members)
$7.50/child/class (Non-Members) Does not include Zoo admission. That must be paid separately.

This fee covers one single Zoo Tots class for the date you choose during registration for one child and one adult. Please keep in mind that if you are not a member, you will need to pay Zoo admission to participate in the class.

Fee for Zoo Tots Semester
$63/child (Members)
$67.50/child (Non-Members) Does not include Zoo admission. That must be paid separately

This fee covers all 10 Zoo Tots classes for the entire semester for the price of 9 classes as well as one child and one adult per class.


2014 Spring Zoo Tots Flyer

If you are a member and want to register for individual Zoo Tot classes, click here.

If you are not a member and want to register for individual Zoo Tot classes, click here.


Summer 2014 Story Safari Series

Story Safari Series will introduce you and your child (ages 1-3) to a favorite animal themed book that will engage him or her in a new wonder of the Animal Kingdom. Each 30-minute program will emphasize a positive and engaging interaction with one of the Zoo’s animal ambassadors to help each story come to life. Class size is limited to the first 12 children to register.

We recommend that the caregiver/child ratio for this program be 1:1. We realize this will not always be possible but please be aware that this class will rely heavily on caregiver/child interaction throughout the entire program.

                                         
Date Book Time
June 9 We’ll All Go Flying
By Maggee Spicer and Richard Thompson
10:00 a.m. OR 11:30 p.m.
OR 2:00 p.m.
June 23 An Extraordinary Egg
By Leo Lionni
10:00 a.m. OR 11:30 p.m.
OR 2:00 p.m.
July 7 Down By the Cool of the Pool
By Tony Mitton
10:00 a.m. OR 11:30 p.m.
OR 2:00 p.m.
July 21 Rhino’s Great Big Itch
By Natalie Chivers
10:00 a.m. OR 11:30 p.m.
OR 2:00 p.m.
August 4 Flip, Flap, Fly
By Phyllis Root
10:00 a.m. OR 11:30 p.m.
OR 2:00 p.m.
August 11
In the Small, Small Pond
By Denise Fleming
10:00 a.m. OR 11:30 p.m.
OR 2:00 p.m.

All time slots (10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 2 p.m.) will be the same program. Please only register for one time slot and attend the specific time for which you are registered as we will need to plan accordingly for each class

Story Safari Series Programs meet at the PepsiCo Foundation Education Campus. You do not need to enter the Zoo for this program.

Fee (includes all 6 stories for the entire series and one accompanying adult): $20/child (members) $25child (non-members)

*Registration for the summer 2014 Story Safari Series will open April/May 2014

2014 Summer Story Safari Series Flyer


Summer 2014 Zoo Tots Programs

Zoo Tots focuses on specific animal themes to engage your preschooler as he/she learns about the wonders of the Animal Kingdom. Each program emphasizes positive and engaging interactions with animal ambassadors as well as activities, stories, and crafts that revolve around the week’s central theme. Each week’s program builds on knowledge from the previous week, so you and your child will not want to miss a class. These programs are open to preschoolers 3 to 5 years old plus one adult (parent/guardian). All programs are 60-minutes long and take place in the Discovery Center located at Play Park inside the Zoo. Class size is limited to the first 12 children to register.

Date Topic Time
June
11 or 12 Let it Shine!
The Summer Season
9:30 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m.
18 or 19 It’s a Small, Small World
Insects and Spiders
9:30 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m.
25 or 26 Slime, Slime, All the Time
Amphibians
9:30 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m.
July
9 or 10 Under the Sea
Fish
9:30 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m.
16 or 17 Scale Tales
Reptiles
9:30 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m.
23 or 24 Feather Fun
Birds
9:30 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m.
30 or 31 Hair, Hair, Everywhere
Mammals
9:30 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m.
August
6 or 7 Pouch Party
Marsupials
9:30 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m.
13 or 14 Welcome to the World
Animal Babies
9:30 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m.

You will have the option to register for either an individual Zoo Tots class or the entire Zoo Tots Semester at either 9:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.  Registering for individual classes will allow you to register as the semester progresses for 1 class, 2 classes, or as many as you’d like.  This allows for flexible scheduling if you are uncertain of your schedule from week to week.

Registering for the Semester option will entitle you to all 9 classes for the price of 8 with a one-time payment upon registration.

Please note that the 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Zoo Tots programs will be the same program. You may register for either one. Please attend the specific time for which you are registered as we will need to plan accordingly for each class.

Please see fees and options below.

Fee for Zoo Tots Individual Class
$7/child/class (Members)
$7.50/child/class (Non-Members) Does not include Zoo admission that must be paid separately each time you visit.

This fee covers one single Zoo Tots class for the date you choose during registration for one child and one adult. Please keep in mind that if you are not a member, you will need to pay Zoo admission to participate in the class.

Fee for Zoo Tots Semester
$56/child (Members)
$60/child (Non-Members) Does not include Zoo admission that must be paid separately each time you visit.

This fee covers all 9 Zoo Tots classes for the entire semester for the price of 8 classes as well as one child and one adult per class.


2014 Summer Zoo Tots Flyer

*Registration for the summer 2014 Zoo Tots classes will open April/May 2014


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Waiting Lists
Due to the overwhelming popularity of our Early Childhood programs, we do keep waiting lists when classes fill.  If a desired program is not visible on the registration site, please assume that the date is filled to capacity.  To be added to a wait list for an Early Childhood program, contact the Education department directly by emailing (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 904-757-4463, ext. 101.


For more information, email (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 904-757-4463 x101.

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