Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Education Fall Programming
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.
The current Story Safari Series semester has ended. Please check back soon for spring semester information and registration details.
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.
The current Zoo Tots semester has ended but we will be offering two special edition Zoo Tots classes during December and January. Please see details and registration information below. Spring semester information will be available soon.
Please join us as we visit a couple of story time favorites during this holiday season!
|4 or 5||Hibernation Station
By: Michelle Meadows
|9:30 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m.|
|8 or 9||Bear Snores On
By: Karma Wilson
|9:30 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m.|
Please note that the 9:30 a.m. and the 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.
Fee for Zoo Tots:
$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
Authorizations By enrolling in our programming, you authorize any emergency medical treatment and allow the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens to use your image for promotional and news purposes.
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