Bring your group to Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and take advantage of exclusive programming and services from our Education Department.
After Dark Adventures
After Dark Adventures hosted by Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Education Department are designed to allow families and groups to interact with animals and zookeepers behind the scenes and experience the zoo like never before. Choose from Safari Sleepover and Adventure Night Hike programs, both of which include interactions with zookeepers and wildlife.
Field trips to Jacksonville Zoo offer an opportunity for students to get outside of the classroom and enjoy hands-on learning experiences designed to encourage an interest in animal welfare and conservation and an appreciation for nature. We can even tailor your experience to your current curriculum to ensure you make the most of your field trip to Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.
Onsite School Programs
Onsite school programs are available for all students and are designed to align with the Next Generation Sunshine State and Common Core Standards to ensure teachers and students can experience an interactive program to fit their curriculum needs.
Zoo to You Outreach Programs
With our Zoo to You outreach programs, our Educators bring the Zoo to you! Our Zoo to You outreach programs are ideal for educators at schools, libraries, and other organizations seeking opportunities to enjoy a fun and interactive learning experience.
Looking for fun ways to engage your students? Scavenger hunts at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens are ideal for educators of elementary, middle, and high school students seeking to incorporate learning into a fun and interactive environment.
Connecting Classrooms to Conservation
Connecting Classrooms to conservation programs gives your students an opportunity to engage in a custom project based learning experience to better understand the issues facing wildlife and wild places today. These programs can be tailored for students at any grade or ability level.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens offers several opportunities for Scouts to earn badges and meet adventure requirements. Our Scout-friendly programs include animal encounters, sleepovers and adventure hikes, craft projects, and behind-the-scenes tours. Working on a specific project? We can tailor a program to your needs.
Wild Walks! Guided Zoo Tours
Book a guided tour and explore one of several unique ecosystems we have represented in our Zoo with one of our knowledgeable guides. Your group will be led on a private educational experience full of fun facts, animal stories, and information on animal adaptations! Tours last 60 minutes and will cover a portion of the zoo.
Jacksonville Zoo W.I.L.D. Program
The W.I.L.D. Program at the Zoo is designed to encourage diversity through a program designed to allow minority teens and children the opportunity to engage in cultural activities which encourage learning and community support.