Family Early Childhood Education


Nature's Newbies

Each Nature's Newbies class will engage you and your child in free-choice play activities, a story, song, and more! Programs will also feature a positive and engaging interaction with one of the Zoo's animal ambassadors to allow for an up-close encounter during each class.

Programs are open to children ages 1-3 plus one adult (parent/guardian). Programs are 45-minutes long and take place at the PepsiCo Foundation Education Campus located at the south end of the Zoo's main parking lot. You do not need to enter the Zoo in order to enter the education campus.

***To provide the best possible experience for all participants, only those registered may attend the program (each registered child includes one adult). Due to space limitations, we will not be able to accommodate strollers inside of the classroom or additional children/adults as there is limited space in the room. Strollers may be parked outside of the room if needed. If at any time the designated adult is unable to attend a program, another adult may attend in his/her place.


Registration
for all programs will be processed online on a first-come, first-served basis. We do not take registrations over the telephone. Class size is limited to the first 12 children who apply.

Deadline for registration each week is 8 a.m. the Wednesday before scheduled classes.

Pricing
Each fee below covers one child and one adult per class.

Individual Classes:
$8.00 Members
$11.00 Non-members

All Nature's Newbies programs are filled to capacity.  To be placed on the waiting list, please contact calderona@jacksonvillezoo.org

Semester:
$32.00 Members
$44.00 Non-Members 
**Semester prices above include the 20% discount given when registering for all 5 classes. 

All Nature's Newbies programs are filled to capacity.  To be placed on the waiting list, please contact calderona@jacksonvillezoo.org


Pleas
e click HERE for 2017 Spring Nature's Newbies program schedule




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.

Programs are open to preschoolers ages 3-5 plus one adult (parent/guardian). Programs are 60-minutes long and take place that the PepsiCo Foundation Education Campus located at the south end of the Zoo's main parking lot. You do not need to enter the Zoo in order to enter the education campus.

***To provide the best possible experience for all participants, only those registered may attend the program (each registered child includes one adult). Due to space limitations, we will not be able to accommodate strollers inside of the classroom or additional children/adults as there is limited space in the room. Strollers may be parked outside of the room if needed. If at any time the designated adult is unable to attend a program, another adult may attend in his/her place.


Registration
for all programs will be processed online on a first-come, first-served basis. We do not take registrations over the telephone. Class size is limited to the first 12 children who apply.

Deadline for registration each week is 8:00 a.m. the Monday of the scheduled classes.

Pricing
Each fee below covers one child and one adult per class.

Individual Classes:
$10.00 Members
$13.00 Non-members

All Zoo Tots programs are filled to capacity.  To be placed on the waiting list, please contact calderona@jacksonvillezoo.org

Semester:
$64.00 Members
$83.20 Non-Members
**Semester prices above include the 20% discount given when registering for all 8 classes. 

All Zoo Tots programs are filled to capacity.  To be placed on the waiting list, please contact calderona@jacksonvillezoo.org


Please click HERE for 2017 Spring Zoo Tots program schedule



Policies

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.

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 the wait list of an Early Childhood program, contact the Education department directly by email or call 904-757-4463, ext. 101. 

Date Changes / Cancellations / Refunds
Due to the high demand for our Early Childhood programs, date changes are not allowed.   Cancellations must be received in writing by email or fax. No refunds will be issued for cancellations within two weeks of the program date.   No refunds will be issued for missed classes.

For more information, email calderona@jacksonvillezoo.org or call 904-757-4463, ext. 101.




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the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida.