Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

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370 Zoo Road, Jacksonville, FL, United States

Escape to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for the only walking safari in Northeast Florida. Discover the earth’s wildlife through interactive and educational experiences. A true family adventure, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is growing and changing daily and is dedicated to consistently improving.  Beginning in 2004 with Range of the Jaguar and continuing with Giraffe Overlook and Savanna Blooms garden, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is quickly becoming a world-class establishment. The Zoo has something for everyone with more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 varieties of plants. Whether you are a visitor to Florida’s First Coast or a lifetime resident, we invite you to experience the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens through interactions with people, wildlife and the environment.

THINGS TO SEE AND DO!

BEHIND THE SCENE TOURS

CAROUSEL

EXHIBITS

GARDEN TOURS

KEEPER TALKS

JAZOO’S KIDZONE

TRAIN RIDES

BIRD WATCHING AT THE ZOO

ZOO KEEPER FOR THE DAY!

4-D Ride

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School Field Trips at the Jacksonville Zoo and Garden

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is home to over 1,400 species of animals and 2,000 species of plants from around the world.  It is also the field trip destination for nearly 100,000 school students, teachers and chaperones every year from as far away as Columbia, SC & Savannah, GA, Orlando & Tallahassee, FL.  Whether you are studying Life Cycles and Adaptations or Animal Behavior or Ecosystems, there is plenty to see and do while visiting the Zoo.  Field trips are self-guided, but we encourage you to download scavenger hunts, attend keeper talks and schedule an education program to maximize the resources available to you and your students while you are here.

Education Rates

Public and private school groups of 15 or more receive a deeply discounted Education Rate when they visit the Zoo between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday – Friday during regular school days and make a reservation at least two weeks in advance.  For more information or to request a field trip via e-mail, please send requests to the Education Department or call (904) 757-4463, ext. 122.

DUVAL COUNTY PUBLIC & PRIVATE SCHOOLS of 15 or more receive FREE admission and 1 chaperone for every 10 students receives FREE admission when they visit the Zoo between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday – Friday during regular school days and make a reservation at least two weeks in advance.

DUVAL COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 2ND GRADES are required to participate in the Classroom Programs when scheduling a Zoo field trip.  Through a memorandum of understanding with the Duval County School Board, these grades are approved for field trips to the Zoo when they participate in the on-site program.  Student admission is FREE, 1 adult per 10 students are admitted FREE, and the on-site program is FREE.

SEASONAL WARNING

March, April & May are the busiest months for school visits.  Nearly 50,000 or 50% of our annual field trip attendance occurs during these spring months, and our programming schedule fills to capacity.  To avoid the reservation rush, make your reservation TODAY!  Or, avoid the spring rush and plan your visit for fall or winter.

Scavenger Hunts

The Education Department has prepared a variety of scavenger hunts to help you maximize the educational resources at the Zoo.  All of the answers may be found in animal graphics and identification panels at the exhibits.

Basic Scavenger Hunt & Answer Sheet

Freshwater Food Web Activity in Play Park

Play Park Scavenger Hunt

Upper Elementary Culture Scavenger Hunt & Answer Sheet

Upper Elementary Animal Population Dynamics Scavenger Hunt & Answer Sheet

Upper Elementary Habitats & Geography Scavenger Hunt & Answer Sheet

Secondary Scavenger Hunt for Range of the Jaguar

Are you using The Great Water Odyssey™ curricula from the St. Johns River Water Management District for 3rd, 4th & 5th Grades?

The Great Water Odyssey™ Scavenger Hunt in Play Park & Answer Sheet .pdf

 

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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 education or call 904-757-4463 x122.

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Zoo to You Outreach

Let us bring the Zoo to YOU!

Our Outreach Program transforms your classroom lesson or special event into a not-to-be-missed occasion!  Every program includes a variety of animals and artifacts that provide for hands-on learning.  We Bring Life to Learning!

Classroom Program (Up to 30 attendees)
An intimate, hands-on, 45 minute experience with our animal ambassadors.

Auditorium Program (Up to 150 attendees)
A 45 minute stage show featuring our animal ambassadors.

*Participants may be invited to get up close and personal with one of the stars after the performance, depending on animal health, your group size, and overall behavior.*

Events/Festivals
Looking to add a little excitement? Our animal ambassadors can liven up any function!  Simply provide us a space at your event and we will bring the Zoo to YOU!


Keep an eye out for new pricing changes coming soon! For current cost information, reservations or for more information, email education@jacksonvillezoo.org or call 904-757-4463 x122.

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Additional Information

After Dark Adventures

There are TWO Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens – one you see by day, and the other you EXPERIENCE BY NIGHT! The Education Department’s After Dark Adventures are unique events that take you behind the scenes to meet the exotic animal collection up-close. Whether you want to spend the night or enjoy a twilight stroll, we have a variety of programs for nearly all ages.

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Group Rates

Group rates are available for parties of 15 or more paid guests. Reservations and prepayment are required and must be made a minimum of two weeks prior to your visit.  This rate is not available at the gate.

Please note: If you are calling to schedule a school group, please contact our Education Department at (904) 757-4463, ext. 122

Adult (13-64 years) – $12.95

Children (3-12 years) – $9.25

Senior (65 years and up) – $11.95

(In order to receive the Senior rate the entire group must be Seniors)

Group Rates are not available for the Train, Stingray Bay or Wildlife Carousel. Regular rates will apply.

Scheduling and Payment 

Reservations are taken by the Corporate Events Coordinator. To make a reservation please call (904) 757-4463, ext. 120 with your confirmed guests count.  A date will be scheduled at that time to pick up your tickets. We are not able to accommodate walk-in customers requesting Group Rate tickets. Payment can be made with credit cards, company checks or cashiers checks. Personal checks are not accepted.

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