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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Children in camp building animal home
Kids Programs

WHERE EDUCATION & FUN COLLIDE

The Zoo is nationally recognized for its education programs that spark a child’s interest in conservation, science, and the outdoors. These exciting programs are one-of-a-kind adventures that will take your child’s love of learning to new heights! Click here for information about our teen programs.

Zooper Kids (Ages 2 - 4)

Overview

Our Zooper Kids’ programs provide enriching opportunities for children ages 2 to 4 to experience nature in a safe, healthy and happy environment. Our goal is to nurture the physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth of each child within a respectful, creative and caring atmosphere. Your toddler will delight in showing you how to get dirty while experiencing nature through crafts, activities, play, animal visitors and guided Zoo excursions. We offer classes on Saturdays as well as during the week. Click here for 2020 schedule.

Parent/Caregiver & Child Ages 2 to 4
9 to 10:30 AM

Two- class series cost: Adult/child pair
Members $35 per month | Non-Members $45

Four- class series cost: Adult/child pair
Members $65 per month | Non-Members $85

If the program date is not visible after you click the REGISTER NOW button, then that program is full.
Call 321-254-9453 x 252 or email edprograms@brevardzoo.org for waitlist.

  • Zookeeper introducing kids and parents to a snake

    Slither over to the Zoo to learn all about animal motion with Zooper Kids!

  • Kids playing outdoors

    Having fun with friends and enjoying the Zoo!

  • Boy imitating animal

    Can you hop like a kangaroo or climb like a lemur? Slither over to the Zoo to learn all about animal motion with Zooper Kids!

  • Parent and child at Zooper Kid class

    Hands on activities in the Wildlife Detective Training Academy.

  • Kids digging in the sand

    We’re getting down and dirty this month as we explore the world beneath our feet. Discover the fun of digging into science!

  • Boys pretending to be veterinarians

    Each class is themed and lots of fun for the family!

  • Young siblings lean against a tree

    It’s a wild and wonderful world we live in! Zooper Kids divie into habitats in our backyard and around the world.

Classes

One- class cost: Adult/child pair
Members $17 per month | Non-Members $22

Three- class series cost: Adult/child pair
Members $50 per month | Non-Members $65

Four- class series cost: Adult/child pair
Members $65 per month | Non-Members $85

Click here for program schedule.

If the program date is not visible after you click the REGISTER NOW button, then that program is full.
Call 321-254-9453 x 252 or email edprograms@brevardzoo.org for waitlist.

  • Spider monkey haning

    Rainforest Explorers

    January

    Explore the brand-new Rainforest Revealed exhibit and learn about its residents.

  • American Alligator

    Seasons of Change

    February

    See how we keep the animals warm when temperatures drop.

  • Two otters swimming

    Zoo Builders

    March

    Explore the process of animal habitat design and construction.

  • goats in the Paws On Petting Zoo

    Animal Opposites

    April

    Some creatures are big and others are small—the animal kingdom has it all!

  • Keeper with stingwray

    Splashdown!:
    Animals in Water

    May

    Make some aquatic friends during this underwater adventure.

Homeschool (Ages 5 - 12)

Overview

Jr. Zoo Crew offers a unique opportunity for homeschool students to explore interesting and current topics in science and conservation. Each module is themed and classes are held from 2 to 4 PM.  Ages 9 to 12 is drop-off and ages 5 to 8 is optional drop-off. Monday classes are held simultaneous and are separated by age.  A minimum enrollment of 10 paying participants is required to run. This program is non-refundable and non-transferable.  Click here to download a program schedule.

New AM classes added, check your dates and times when you register!

Classes for ages 5 to 8 & 9 to 12
10 AM to 12 PM or 2 to 4 PM

Cost: per student
$15 Member | $25 Non‐Members

If the program date is not visible after you click the REGISTER NOW button, then that program is full.
Call 321-254-9453 x 252 or email edprograms@brevardzoo.org for waitlist.

Classes

New AM classes added!
Check your dates and times when you register!
This program is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Class Ages: 5 to 8 & 9 to 12
Times: 10 AM to 12 PM or 2 to 4 PM
Cost: per student
$15 Member | $25 Non‐Members

If the program date is not visible after you click the REGISTER NOW button, then that program is full.
Call 321-254-9453 x 252 or email edprograms@brevardzoo.org for waitlist.

  • keeper preparing diets for animals

    Farm to Table - The Science

    February

    Are you ready to get down and dirty? Discover how the scientific method can help you produce the juiciest vegetables and richest compost. Take some plants home and see how your garden grows!

  • Bearded Dragon eating

    Let's Eat!

    March

    Carnivores, herbivores and omnivores—everyone’s gotta eat! Explore the food chain, learn how the Zoo feeds its animals and make a tasty snack from the fresh ingredients we started growing in

  • Macaw

    Birds! Birds! Birds!

    April

    From the cassowary’s claw to the beak of the macaw, everything about birds is downright amazing! Step into the shoes of an ornithologist to study feathers, flight, songs and more.

Homeschool Day Ticket

Homeschool Day: A Passport to the Amazon!

Friday, January 24, 2020
9:30 am to 2:00 pm
Ignite your students interest during this special Homeschool Day through an interactive day of learning and fun! From the forest floor to the top of the canopy, the rainforest is a unique ecosystem. Take a guided educational tour through our new Rainforest Rising habitat. Participate in a rainforest classroom activity, meet a couple of our ambassador animals, make a craft, and enjoy a day at the Zoo!

All attendants 4-years of age and older must register. This is not a drop off program. Students must be accompanied by an adult. This program is non-refundable and non-transferable.

If the program date is not visible after you click the REGISTER NOW button, then that program is full.
Call 321-254-9453 x 252 or email edprograms@brevardzoo.org for waitlist.

Jr. Zookeeper Club (Ages 10 - 13)

Overview

Hey, tweens! Are you between the ages of 10 and 13 and interested in animals, conservation and the environment? Join the Jr. Zookeeper’s Club and experience up-close animal encounters, go behind-the-scenes, learn about our animals, and meet new friends. Click here to view the 2020 program schedule.

Each program focuses on a different topic to give Jr. Keepers a unique experience. Twice a year we offer an exclusive Jr. Zookeeper Club event. Programs are supervised by Zoo education staff. Participants receive a pin at the end of the day to add to their badge. Collect as many pins as you can!

Activities may include:

  • Enrichment Workshops (making toys/treats for the animals)
  • Assisting with conservation projects
  • Special animal talks
  • Treasure hunts in the Zoo
  • Behind the scenes tours
  • Crafts and games
  • Much more!
  • This program is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Monthly Programs
Members $15 | Non-Members $25
1 to 3 PM

Exclusive Events
Members $24 | Non-Members $34
5 to 9 PM

Badge
$10 per badge, one-time purchase needed

If the program date is not visible after you click the REGISTER NOW button, then that program is full.
Call 321-254-9453 x 252 or email edprograms@brevardzoo.org for waitlist.

  • Group listening to zookeeper at Tapir chat

    Tapir Meet & Greet

    Zoo Keeper Training & Enrichment Talk

  • Group during behind the scene tour of the Sea Turtle Healing Center

    Zoo Keeper Day 2018

    Exclusive behind the scene tour of Sea Turtle Healing Center.

  • Junior Zookeeper

    Zoo Keeper Day

    Club member having fun during annual Zoo Keeper Day!

  • Kids listening to animal caretaker talk about sea turtles

    ZooKeeper Day

    Exclusive behind the scene tour of Sea Turtle Healing Center.

  • Group of students listening to animal caretaker

    Meeting Zoo Keeper

    Fun with Friends!

  • Group participating in educational activity

    Getting up close!

    Club members investigating during a monthly program.

  • Children feeging birds in the aviary

    Learning and having fun!

    How do we make sure that fun experiences for Zoo guests are also healthy for the animals? Jr. Zookeepers learn and experience during a monthly education program.

Classes

Monthly Programs
Members $15 | Non-Members $25
1 to 3 PM

Exclusive Events
Members $24 | Non-Members $34
5 to 9 PM

This program is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Badge
$10 per badge, one-time purchase needed

If the program date is not visible after you click the REGISTER NOW button, then that program is full.
Call 321-254-9453 x 252 or email edprograms@brevardzoo.org for waitlist.

  • Sea Turtle in water

    Serene Sea Turtles

    February

    What does it take to get a sick or injured sea turtle back on its flippers? See firsthand how the Zoo rehabilitates these animals and returns them to the ocean.

  • Capybara in the shade

    Chipper Capybara

    March

    The capybaras are thriving in their new home! But before they moved in, habitat designers and keepers had to overcome a number of challenges.

  • two siamangs hanging from rope

    Stubborn Siamangs

    April

    Working with highly intelligent animals is challenging and rewarding. Chat with a siamang keeper to learn the ins and outs of primate care.

  • Vet staff examining animal

    Jr. Vet Day

    May

    Step into the shoes of a Zoo veterinarian during this extended adventure! Includes a pizza lunch.

Night Time Adventures (Ages 5 - 12)

Overview

Brevard Zoo offers children’s night hikes, overnights and scouting adventures!

Adults can enjoy an evening out, while the kids embark on a wild escapade at the Zoo. Walking through the Zoo at night is a completely different experience. The paths that had been familiar during the day take on a different look and feel. Small creatures can make big noises and others are on the move. Come explore the zoo after hours with us!

The night hike includes an animal encounter,  Zoo excursion, activities, games and pizza for dinner and overnights include all the above and a continental breakfast! Find our 2020 Evening Program  schedule here.

Night Hike
Ages 5 to 12
5 PM to 9 PM
Cost: per child
Members $25 | Non-Members $35

Overnight
Ages 7 to 12
5 PM to 9 AM
Cost: per child
Members $35 | Non-Members $45

 

Night Hike & Overnight Program Registration

Night Hike
Ages 5 to 12
5 PM to 9 PM
Cost: per child
Members $25 | Non-Members $35

Overnight
Ages 7 to 12
5 PM to 9 AM
Cost: per child
Members $35 | Non-Members $45

If the program date is not visible after you click the REGISTER NOW button, then that program is full.
Call 321-254-9453 x 252 or email edprograms@brevardzoo.org for waitlist.

Book a Birthday Party

Host a Nighttime Adventure Birthday Party at Brevard Zoo! We offer great party packages to make your child’s day special and memorable. Click HERE for package details!

Schedule Your Own Group Night Hike or Overnight!

Do you have to plan an event for your club, organization, school, scout group or family reunion? Experience one of the wildest places, and treat them to an evening safari through the Zoo with lots of fun-filled activities. Each private group night hike includes a themed room, an animal encounter, nighttime Zoo excursion, activities, games and pizza for dinner! The overnight includes all the above and a continental breakfast! Contact Program Registrar at 321-254-9453 x 252 or email edprograms@brevardzoo.org for details and reservations.

One FREE Adult per 10 youth booked. Minimum of 15 paying participants.
Cost per participant
Night Hike: $35
Overnight: $45
Daily Zoo Admission options available.

NEW! Exceptional Nature Play (All Ages)

Overview

In May 2017, we opened a new kind of natural play area designed to meet the unique needs of children with varying exceptionalities and their families.  The Exceptional Nature Space is a modified natural habitat that is both safe and stimulating. It is designed to be flexible so that it can be easily reset and reprogrammed to best serve children with different challenges. Within this carefully defined space, kids will be 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 on-going observations and feedback from the parents and the children themselves. Contact our coordinator Lindsay Mathisen at lmathisen@brevardzoo.org for more information about program offerings for individuals, groups or school groups.

Playtime

Come discover, build and play in our nature space! Playtime is a designated opportunity for children and their families to explore the Exceptional Nature Space during an open play or themed session.  Stay for a short visit or for the entire time!

2020 Special Days coming soon!
10 AM to 12 PM

All Playtime program participants must pre-register by emailing lmathisen@brevardzoo.org.  Quiet entrance will be available on the hour upon request.  Zoo Admission not included and not needed if just attending the program. There is no charge for Play Time. Dates subject to change.

Do you belong to a play group or organization and are looking for a great play space for your next outing? Fall dates are booking fast! Contact Lindsay at lmathisen@brevardzoo.org to schedule your next play time in our Exceptional Nature Space!

Sensory Events

SENSORY EVENTS AT BREVARD ZOO

Families of individuals with unique sensory processing needs are welcome to attend sensory-friendly events during the year! Pre-registration is required for all events. Registration fee may apply. Click 2019 HERE for a flyer.

2020 Dates Coming Soon!
*All Playtime program participants must pre-register by emailing lmathisen@brevardzoo.org.

If the program date is not visible after you click the REGISTER NOW button, then that program is full.
Call 321-254-9453 x 252 or email edprograms@brevardzoo.org for waitlist.

Schedule Your Own Group Play Date!

Contact exceptional needs coordinator Lindsay Mathisen at lmathisen@brevardzoo.org for more information about program offerings for individuals, groups or school groups.

Sensory Bag

Sensory bags can be checked out at Guest Services and the Cape to Cairo Express ticket booth on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each bag includes a weighted lap pad, noise-canceling headphones, fidget toys and other items that may help guests with unique sensory-processing needs get the most out of their Zoo experience. There is no charge to use a sensory bag.

Social Story

The following social story is designed for guests with Autism Spectrum Disorders to enhance their Zoo experience, but may be used by anyone. Please note that some exhibits may be loud on days that are crowded. A list of helpful hints at the end of the story can help caregivers better prepare for a Zoo visit. If you have any questions about your visit on a particular day, feel free to contact lmathisen@brevardzoo.org. Click HERE for the Zoo social story.

Scouting Adventures

Overview

Include Brevard Zoo in your next scouting experience! Learn about the Zoo and our animals in one of our fun-filled workshops, night hike or overnight programs. All programs complement scout badge requirements. Click HERE for flyer.

Private Night Hike & Overnight Adventures

Have you ever been to the Zoo at night? It is the wildest place in Brevard! Everyone will enjoy a night safari hike into the Zoo, up-close animal encounters, crafts and activities and pizza for dinner. Or spend the night and conclude the adventure with a continental breakfast in the morning. Your troop can extend your adventure by adding Zoo admission.

NIGHT HIKES

Program Time: Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 to 9 PM

OVERNIGHTS

Program Time: Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 PM to 9 AM

One free adult for every 10 scouts. Minimum of 15 paid participants. Maximum 50 participants. Call 321.254.9453 x252 or email edprograms@brevardzoo.org to schedule your troop’s next adventure!

Day at the Zoo

Great for small troops or large troops! Your wild adventure begins at Brevard Zoo! Reserve an education program, kayaking adventure or train ride to make the day memorable!

Click HERE for group pricing or contact edregistrar@brevardzoo.org or call 321-254-9453 x219 to schedule a custom adventure!

 

Scouting Workshops

Brevard Zoo offers scouts a variety of workshops that meet badge requirements. Each workshop promises hands-on fun and learning with planned activities, animal encounters and admission to the Zoo. Workshops are available on Saturday, Sunday and school holidays. Pick a date and a workshop, then contact the Education Registrar at 321.254.9453 x252 or edprograms@brevardzoo.org for a fantastic scouting adventure! Don’t see your badge? Sign up for a night hike or overnight for a more customized experience. To download registration forms to distribute to your group, click here.

CUB SCOUT PATCH OFFERINGS

Program Time: 9 am to 12 pm or 1 to 4 pm
Cost: per person $20

Tiger: Tigers in the Wild
Wolf: Paws on the Path
Bear: Fur, Feathers, and Ferns
Webelos: Into the Wild
Wolf: Digging in the Past

GIRL SCOUT PATCH OFFERINGS

Program Time: 9 am to 12 pm or 1 to 4 pm
Cost: per person $20

Daisy: 3 Cheers for Animals
Brownie: Hiker
Brownie: Bugs
Brownie: Pets
Junior: Animal Habitats
Cadette: Animal Helpers
Cadette: Night Owl (available as an overnight- additional cost)
Senior: Voice for Animals


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