Child meeting box turtle
Exceptional Nature Space

Brevard Zoo's Mission

"We Share Our Joy of Nature to Help Wildlife and People Thrive"

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.

  • Girl playing in Exceptional Nature Space

    Exceptional Nature Space

    Community group education program and animal experience.

  • Boy looking through telescope.

    Exceptional Nature Space

    Open Free Play

  • Friends playing in Exceptional Nature Space

    Exceptional Nature Space

    Exploring with friends!

  • Educator introducing children to a turtle

    Exceptional Nature Space

    School group education program and animal experience.

  • Young girl petting a reptile

    Exceptinal Nature Program

    Girl meeting animal in Exceptional Nature Space.

  • Young boy making silly faces in play area

    Exceptional Nature Space

    Fun around every corner!


Rove the lagoon, the uplands and shore…..leave no child indoors, come out and explore! Nature play begins here!

Join our FREE Family Nature Club as we explore the exciting outdoor experiences Brevard County has to offer. Our monthly Saturday morning meet-ups will help families discover new outdoor experiences and often include giveaways. Registration is required; email Kristen at kgunderson@brevardzoo.org.  Click HERE for more information on upcoming dates and places.

Join us on Facebook at Brevard Family Nature Club for fun activities, reminders, program registration information and more!


Choose one of our fun outings that meets your needs: Open Playtime, 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! Click HERE for program information.


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 Kristen at kgunderson@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.