Family Early Childhood Programs
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. Individual classes start at $17 per child (includes class admission for one child and one adult). Enjoy hands-on learning experiences mixed with nature play in our outdoor classroom. Classes take place on Tuesday, Wedesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Zoo Tots is open to 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 $20 per child (includes class admission for one child and one adult) or buy a full semester to enjoy more hands-on learning experiences. Classes take place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Pack up the stroller, put on your walking shoes and bring your little one on an early learning adventure as we stroll through the Zoo. This special class is designed for children ages 0-3 and a caregiver. Make new friends while you visit animal exhibits, meet a friendly animal ambassador, and explore the animal world with all your senses! Classes take place once a month on Tuesday and Saturday from 8:45AM to 9:30AM.
Wild Family Workshops
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 activities. Classes take place one Saturday a month from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.