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Classroom Programs

Formal education programs at the PepsiCo Foundation Education Campus may be scheduled Monday through Friday, August through May at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.  Programs are available for Pre-K through 12th grade and have been developed in conjunction with the Sunshine State and the Common Core Standards.  Our presentations focus on a grade-level appropriate subjects and may include up-close and hands-on animal encounters. 

When scheduling a program at the Zoo please keep the following in mind:
Please be sure that the date that you choose coordinates with your school calendar and bus calendar, as well as other teachers involved. 

Payment of program locks in your reservation. Program payment is due within 2 weeks of the scheduled program.  If payment is not received within two weeks of the scheduled program, this will result in a cancelation of reservation.  The fee for one program is $3 per student with a minimum of 15 students.  Groups are required to have 1 adult per every 10 students. Extra Chaperones will be charged a fee of $3 per person above the group chaperone requirements.  (i.e 57 students and 12 adults – the 7 extra adults will be charged a total of $21).

Program fee includes a 30-45 minute program and activity packet. Program activity packets are e-mailed in advance of the program and include vocabulary lists, recommended reading lists, as well as suggested activities. Admission to the Zoo is not included in your program fee.

Pre- K/ Kindergarten choose from:

Animal Life
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What does it mean to be “alive”?  What does a living thing need to survive?  Explore the world of living things and learn the characteristics of living and non-living things.

We Like to Move It, Move It
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Come meet some interesting critters as we discover how animals move. Join us as we move like our wild friends!

1st Grade choose from:

Life Cycles
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Come join us as we learn about the unique life cycles of plants, butterflies, and animals. We will discover how animals grow and change, some in very different ways than others.

Sense-ational Animals
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Do you taste with your feet or smell with your tongue? Join us as we discover some of nature’s amazing senses.

2nd Grade choose from:

Backbones and Bodies
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Learn about the parts of the human body:  the skeleton, muscles, heart, lungs and brain.  Learn how they compare to other vertebrate animals using examples from the vertebrate classes – fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

Hide and Seek
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What tools do animals have to survive in their environment? Explore the amazing adaptations animals have.

3rd Grade choose from:

Animal Discovery
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We will uncover the basic characteristics of the vertebrate classes: fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

Ecosystems
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Join us as we explore the characteristics of some of the following ecosystems: tundra, taiga, deciduous forests, grasslands, deserts, tropical rain forests, freshwater, and saltwater.  Learn what adaptations the animals living in those systems need to ensure their survival.

4th Grade choose from:

Wild Florida
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Join us as we learn about the amazing animals and habitats that Florida has to offer.

Life Cycles
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Come join us as we learn about the unique life cycles of plants, butterflies, and animals. We will discover how animals grow and change, some in very different ways than others.

5th Grade choose from:

Who Eats Whom
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Come learn how animals rely on one another for their own survival in this class all about food chains.

Backbones and Bodies
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Learn about the parts of the human body:  the skeleton, muscles, heart, lungs and brain.  Learn how they compare to other vertebrate animals using examples from the vertebrate classes – fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

Grades 6 thru 8 choose from:

Endangered Species
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Why do species become extinct?  What can be done to save them?  Discover how animals become threatened or endangered and what you can do to help save them.
 
Anatomy and Function
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What’s the use of a giraffe neck, jaguar spots or an alligator’s snout?  This program explores the various physical structures of animals and how they relate to body functions.

Grades 9 thru 12 choose from:

Endangered Species
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Why do species become extinct?  What can be done to save them?  Discover how animals become threatened or endangered and what you can do to help save them.

Anatomy and Function
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What’s the use of a giraffe neck, jaguar spots or an alligator’s snout?  This program explores the various physical structures of animals and how they relate to body functions.

Zoo Insider
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What do zoos do? Why do they exist?  What does AZA mean?  Explore the world of exotic animal management including aspects from diets, to enrichment, all the way from the front gate to the conservation beyond its borders.

Special Needs – All Grades (30-45 minutes):

A Touching Experience – Every audience benefits from the positive interaction and hands-on experiences in this multi-sensory encounter with a variety of animals.  Individual programs may be tailored for each group.  Emphasis is placed on respect for animals by creating a positive, hands-on experience.


Interested in booking a program? Email (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 904-757-4463 x122.

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