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Exceptional Programming

In May 2017, we opened the Exceptional Nature Space, a behind-the-scenes natural play area with an authentic outdoor experience. The area is a modified natural habitat that is both safe and stimulating. It is designed to be flexible to meet the unique needs of children with varying exceptionalities. Within this carefully defined space, kids are free to explore an authentic Florida habitat, engage in open-ended nature play, experiment, socialize with other children and learn by doing. Because this is one of the first settings of its kind, we consider it a “living laboratory” where we can also learn how to best serve this audience through ongoing observations and feedback from the parents, staff and the children themselves. Amenities may include loose parts for building materials, mud paint, and a mud kitchen. Visit our Exceptional Nature Space page to learn more. Contact edregistrar@brevardzoo.org for more information about program offerings for individuals, groups or school groups.


Exceptional Earth Day 

Saturday, April 13 | 5-7 PM

Families of children with exceptionalities are invited to join us as we celebrate planet Earth during this special, sensory-friendly event. Enjoy an evening of games, sensory exploration and more as you stroll through the Brevard Zoo’s Paws On area.

This is a come and go event with timed entry tickets. Guests can choose to enter the Zoo at 5, 5:30, or 6 p.m.

$6/non-members, $2 for members.

Pick Your Time Slot Below

5 PM 5:30 PM 6 PM

School & Community Group Experiences

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Choose one of our fun outings that meets your needs: Open Playtime, a Community Group Educational Program and Animal Experience or a School Group Educational Program and Animal Experience. Contact edregistar@brevardzoo.org to schedule your next program in our Exceptional Nature Space!

How To Register For A Program


To register for a program please complete the form on the link below or call 321.254.9453 x 219. All groups must register two weeks in advance. Programs require at least 15 participants and can accommodate up to 35 guests.

Schedule A Playtime


Come discover, build and play with us! Playtime is a designated opportunity for children, families and groups to explore the Exceptional Nature Space during open play. Amenities may include loose parts for building materials, mud paint, and a mud kitchen.  Reservations are a maximum of one hour per group, and reservations are required. Zoo Admission is not included. Contact our education registrar at edregistrar@brevardzoo.org to schedule your next play time in our Exceptional Nature Space!


Our social story is designed to enhance the Zoo experience for guests with autism spectrum disorders but may be used by anyone. Please note that some areas of the Zoo are louder on crowded days. A list of helpful hints at the end of the story can help caregivers better prepare for their Zoo visit. If you have any questions about your visit on a particular day, feel free to contact Amy at ashea@brevardzoo.org. Click HERE for our Social Story.


We believe everyone has the right to experience the Zoo and the great outdoors, regardless of ability. That’s why we’re dedicated to providing an accessible experience to all of our guests. Learn more HERE.

Be Outside with Brevard Zoo!

Hello to all our friends!  We want your family to stay connected with the Zoo, your favorite animals and nature.  Join at Be Outside with Brevard Zoo for fun adventures, activities and zoo safari.

We reserve the right to combine or cancel education programs due  to certain circumstances. If this occurs, participants will be notified.