The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens offers early childhood education programs for families and children to experience the beauty of nature in a safe and structured learning environment. Create memorable family experiences and experience the joy and excitement with little ones as they learn and interact with their favorite animals. By introducing our earliest learners to the animal world in a fun and gentle setting, we allow them to explore and grow while supporting classroom readiness.
Nature’s Newbies is open to children ages 1-3 and incorporates story time, songs, and activities in an interactive learning experience. Choose from individual classes starting at $8 per child (includes admission for one child and one adult) or pay by the semester to enjoy more hands-on learning experiences. Classes take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at 9:30am, 11:30am, and 1:30pm. View the upcoming class schedule and register your child today.
Zoo Tots is open to children preschoolers ages 3-5. Programs typically last one hour and incorporate activities, stories, and crafts along with hands-on learning. Choose from individual classes starting at $10 per child (includes admission for one child and one adult) or pay by the semester to enjoy more hands-on learning experiences. Classes take place on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 9:30am and 11:30am. View the upcoming class schedule and register your child today.
The Jacksonville Zoo offers a monthly program for children ages 5-7 who love wildlife and learning. Each program incorporates a theme and includes up-close animal encounters with zoo staff, activities, and a stroll through the zoo. Prices start at $15 per child, and both drop off and family classes are available. View the upcoming program schedule and register your child today.
Hey parents! Are you looking for a fun and exciting adventure the whole family can enjoy together? Wild Family Workshops will be an opportunity for you to spend quality time together, explore and learn about plants and animals, while participating in hands-on, nature-based activities. Each class will include Education Animal Ambassadors.
Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.