Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

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Classroom Programs

Classroom Programs

Formal education programs at the PepsiCo Foundation Education Campus may be scheduled Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.  Our presentations focus on a grade-level appropriate subject and include up-close and hands-on animal encounters.  Programs are available for Pre-K through twelfth grade curricula and have been developed in conjunction with the Sunshine State Standards and the Common Core Standards.  Program activity packets are emailed in advance of the program and include vocabulary lists, suggested reading lists, as well as suggested activities.  The fee for one program is $3 per student with a minimum of 15 students and does not include admission into the Zoo.  Admission to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is an additional fee if applicable.  Choose from the following list of programs.  If you don’t see a class that fits your needs, our Educators can create a program just for you with at least 6 weeks notice.

Pre-K (30 minutes) choose from:

Animal Friends – This classroom program is designed to help answer the questions: How do animals help people?  How can people help animals?  Which animals make good pets, and what do pets need?  Children will learn how they can help and show respect for wild and domestic animals. 

Storybook Programs Storybook Programs (Designed for groups of 15 or fewer) - These Story Safaris include a popular children’s storybook, a themed hands-on activity for each child and an encounter with an animal from the book.  Choose from:

  • Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball, Vicki Churchill
  • Barnyard Dance, by Sandra Boynton
  • THe Hoppameleon, by Paul Geraphty, or
  • In the Forest, by Maurice Pledger


Kindergarten (30 minutes)

Animal Life– 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.

1st Grade choose from:

Life Cycles – Explore the basic developmental stages of plants and animals.  Learn about metamorphosis and how young plants and animals may look different from their parents. See how living things grow and change and how plants and animals are like their parents but may look different.  Also learn how an animal’s family life may be different from ours.

Animal Senses - How do people and animals use their senses to learn about the world?  What organs provide us with our senses?  Join us as we compare and contrast how people and animals use their senses to survive.

2nd Grade choose from:

Backbones and Bodies - 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.

Adaptations – What tools do plants and animals have to help them survive in their environment?  Some plants and animals are built for life on land some are built for life in the water.  Discover living things’ amazing adaptations for both.

3rd Grade choose from:

Fur, Feathers, Scales and Slime – In this program, we will discover the basic characteristics of the vertebrate classes: fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

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

Grades 4 and 5 choose from:

Endangered Species – 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.

Florida Habitats – Explore with us the variety of habitats found in Florida and discover the plants and animals found here.  Some are fragile and some are disappearing; learn what you can do to help conserve them for future generations.

Grades 6 thru 8 choose from:

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

Endangered Species – 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.

Florida Habitats – Explore with us the variety of habitats found in Florida and discover the plants and animals found here.  Some are fragile and some are disappearing; learn what you can do to help conserve them for future generations.

Anatomy and Function – 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– 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 – 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.

Captive Care – What do zoos do?  Why do they exist?  Explore the world of exotic animal management including a focus on diets, health issues, enrichment and breeding.

Special Needs – All Grades (30-40 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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