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 3 - 5)

Overview

Our Zooper Kids’ programs provide enriching opportunities for children ages 3 to 5 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  during the week.

  • 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 dive into habitats in our backyard and around the world.

Class Time and Cost

Class at the Zoo
Parent/Caregiver & Child Ages 3 to 5
Time: 9 to 10:30 AM

Three- class cost: Adult/child pair
Members $75 per month | Non-Members $90 per month

Classes at the Zoo

Registration now open. Classes fill quickly.

Masks required. For more information on in-person class safety and protocols, click HERE.

January – Classify This!
February – Yummy in your Tummy
March – Animal Oddities
April – Life in the Lagoon
May – Stop, Look and Listen:  Become an Animal Explorer

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.

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 us for a Be Outside with Brevard Zoo safari and activity adventure where we will show video segments spotlighting animals, outdoor activities and lots of other fun things for your family. Click HERE to see our prerecorded adventures!

Homeschool (School Age 5+)

Overview

Jr. Zoo Crew offers a unique opportunity for homeschool students and families. Led by Zoo educators, our small-group courses will inspire and challenge homeschool students to explore topics in science and conservation through interactive lessons, animal encounters and much more. Masks are required for onsite classes, which are limited to 13 participants. A minimum enrollment of 10 paying participants is required for each program to take place. This program is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

Class Time and Cost

Classes at the Zoo
Two-Hour Class
Ages: Classes for ages 5 to 8, 9 to 12 and families
Time: 9 to 11 AM or 2 to 4 PM
Cost: per person (all attendees need to purchase a ticket)
$23 Member | $28 Non‐Members

Virtual Classes
Science with the Zoo 

Cost: $10 Household, per class
See Tween or Teen section for registration

Classes at the Zoo

Classes require a minimum of 10 participants to take place with a maximum of 13 per class. If class maximums are met, additional class dates and times will be added. Masks required. For more information on in-person class safety and protocols, click HERE.

Two-Hour Class
Drop-off class
9 to 11 a.m. or 2 to 4 p.m.
Family class
2 to 4 p.m.

Monthly Classes
January – Classify This!
February – Eat or Be Eaten
March – Animal Oddities
April – Life in the Wetlands (onsite program) and Life in the Lagoon (offsite program)

May Homeschool Day
May 7

For more information on in-person class safety and protocols, click HERE.  

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.

Virtual Classes: Science with the Zoo

Virtual Classes

In the Science with the Zoo series, you’ll learn how Brevard Zoo uses science every day.  During this virtual class we will chat with keepers, conservationists and researchers about day-to-day animal care, habitat design, veterinary treatment and more. These classes are structured for tweens, teens and families with a focus grade level between 5th and 8th. Click HERE for flyer.

Science with the Zoo Class
Cost: $10 Household, per class
Monthly Series
Time: 1 p.m. (lasts 60-90 minutes)
March 28: Science Counts!
April 25: Pollinate My Garden Please!
May 23: Life in the Ocean

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.

  • Indigo Snake

    Science Counts!

    March 28

    Did you know you can be a part of science research? Science is all around us! Learn how you or your family can engage and participate in important science research while learning more about plants and animals.

  • Beehive

    Pollinate My Garden Please!

    April 25

    Fly with us as we discover the world of pollinators. From the smallest insects to reptiles and mammals, pollinators are everywhere. Join our beekeepers behind the scenes as we learn the ins and outs of beehives and beekeeping.

  • sea turtle

    Life in the Ocean!

    May 23

    Explore behind the scenes at our Sea Turtle Healing Center and take a deep dive into eco-friendly living. Meet one of our patients and explore how we can protect our lagoon and oceans while living a more sustainable life.

Homeschool Day

It’s Time to Play!
Join Brevard Zoo’s educators as we dive into animal behavior and the importance of enrichments for all animals. We’ll even make enrichments for some of your favorite animals. Keepers and educators have made an exclusive scavenger hunt for your family to enjoy as you trek through the Zoo. You’ll discover special enrichment videos, talks and much more!

Cost: per person (all attendees need to purchase a ticket)
$10 Member | $20 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.

Be Outside with Brevard Zoo

We want your family to stay connected with the Zoo, your favorite animals and nature!  Join us for a “Be Outside with Brevard Zoo” safari and activity adventure through video segments spotlighting animals, outdoor activities and lots of other fun things for your family. Click HERE to see our prerecorded adventures!

Tweens (Ages 10 - 13)

Overview

Hey, tweens! Are you between the ages of 10 and 13 and interested in animals, conservation and the environment? Join in with our Science with the Zoo monthly series.

Virtual Classes

In the Science with the Zoo series, you’ll learn how Brevard Zoo uses science every day.  During this virtual class we will chat with keepers, conservationists and researchers about day-to-day animal care, habitat design, veterinary treatment and more. These classes are structured for tweens, teens and families with a focus grade level between 5th and 8th.

 

Classes at the Zoo

Join the Jr. Zookeeper’s Club and experience up-close animal encounters, go behind-the-scenes, learn about our animals, and meet new friends. Each program focuses on a different topic to give Jr. Keepers a unique experience. Twice a year we offer an exclusive Jr. Zookeeper Club events. Participants receive a pin to add to their badge. Collect as many pins as you can!

Activities may include:

  • Workshops
  • 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 $ | Non-Members $

Exclusive Events
Members $ | Non-Members $

Badge
$20 per badge and pins. One-time purchase needed, but not required. Not available with Virtual Classes.

Virtual Classes: Science with the Zoo

Virtual Classes

In the Science with the Zoo series, you’ll learn how Brevard Zoo uses science every day.  During this virtual class we will chat with keepers, conservationists and researchers about day-to-day animal care, habitat design, veterinary treatment and more. These classes are structured for tweens, teens and families with a focus grade level between 5th and 8th. Click HERE for flyer.

Science with the Zoo Class
Cost: $10 Household, per class
Monthly Series
Time: 1 p.m. (lasts 60-90 minutes)
March 28: Science Counts!
April 25: Pollinate My Garden Please!
May 23: Life in the Ocean

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.

  • Indigo Snake

    Science Counts!

    March 28

    Did you know you can be a part of science research? Science is all around us! Learn how you or your family can engage and participate in important science research while learning more about plants and animals.

  • Beehive

    Pollinate My Garden Please!

    April 25

    Fly with us as we discover the world of pollinators. From the smallest insects to reptiles and mammals, pollinators are everywhere. Join our beekeepers behind the scenes as we learn the ins and outs of beehives and beekeeping.

  • sea turtle

    Life in the Ocean!

    May 23

    Explore behind the scenes at our Sea Turtle Healing Center and take a deep dive into eco-friendly living. Meet one of our patients and explore how we can protect our lagoon and oceans while living a more sustainable life.

Classes at the Zoo

No offerings at this time for on-site fall classes. Please see virtual class offerings.

Monthly Programs
Members $ | Non-Members $

Exclusive Events
Members $ | Non-Members $

This program is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Badge
$20 per badge & pins. One-time purchase needed, but not required.

Teen (Ages 13 +)

Virtual Classes: Science with the Zoo

Virtual Classes

In the Science with the Zoo series, you’ll learn how Brevard Zoo uses science every day.  During this virtual class we will chat with keepers, conservationists and researchers about day-to-day animal care, habitat design, veterinary treatment and more. These classes are structured for tweens, teens and families with a focus grade level between 5th and 8th.

Science with the Zoo Class
Cost: $10 Household, per class

Monthly Series
Time: 1 p.m. (lasts 60-90 minutes)
March 28: Science Counts!
April 25: Pollinate My Garden Please!
May 23: Life in the Ocean

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

    Life in the Ocean!

    May 23

    Explore behind the scenes at our Sea Turtle Healing Center and take a deep dive into eco-friendly living. Meet one of our patients and explore how we can protect our lagoon and oceans while living a more sustainable life.

  • Beehive

    Pollinate My Garden Please!

    April 25

    Fly with us as we discover the world of pollinators. From the smallest insects to reptiles and mammals, pollinators are everywhere. Join our beekeepers behind the scenes as we learn the ins and outs of beehives and beekeeping.

  • Indigo Snake

    Science Counts!

    March 28

    Did you know you can be a part of science research? Science is all around us! Learn how you or your family can engage and participate in important science research while learning more about plants and animals.

Zoo Teen Volunteer Program

Zoo Teens volunteer once a month on their assigned Saturday or Sunday, typically from 9 am to 3 pm. The day is divided in half, with one opportunity in the morning before lunch and another opportunity in the afternoon. Assignments include:

  • educational outreach with Discovery Carts and live animals
  • raising funds for conservation and educational programs
  • helping care for animal ambassador collection
  • assisting staff in the Petting Zone and Touch Tank
  • assisting staff with summer and winter camps
  • Assisting staff with special events and seasonal functions

Learn more HERE.

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 and games!

Questions? Email edprograms@brevardzoo.org or call 321.254.9453 x252.

 

 

Registration Now Open! Night Hike & Overnight Programs

Night Hike
Ages 5 to 12, see date for ages
Time: 6 PM to 8 PM
Drop-off Cost: $20 per child
Family Cost: per person
Members $15 | Non-Members $20

COVID Safety Guidelines, click HERE.

Overnight: No programs scheduled.

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.

  • Three girls with flashlights during night hike

    Family Night Hike

    February 13 & 27 | Ages 5 and up

    Waitlist: If no dates appear in calendar, the class is full please email edprograms@brevardzoo.org Ages 5 and up • Feeling froggy? Come be toad-ally amazed at this hoppin’ night hike.

  • Macaw

    Rainbows in Flight

    March 5 | Ages 7 to 12

    Drop-off: Explore the bright side of nature and learn how some birds live their life by not blending in.

  • Kids looking for animal during night hike

    Nighttime Adventures!

    April 10 | Ages 5 and up

    Family Night Hike: Help us preserve nature as we explore the zoo at night "thyme" and see some amazing nocturnal animals along our way.

  • Hands holding a terrapin

    Marine Biologist

    May 14 | Ages 7 to 12

    Drop-off: Make a splash as we become marine scientists for the night and dive deep into water exploration.

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!

COVID Safety Guidelines, click HERE.

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 an animal encounter, nighttime Zoo excursion, activities and lots of fun!

Contact Program Registrar at 321-254-9453 x 252 or email edprograms@brevardzoo.org for details and reservations.

 

Sensory-Friendly Programming (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 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 parents and the children themselves. Contact inclusion coordinator Lindsay Mathisen at lmathisen@brevardzoo.org for more information about offerings for individuals, groups and school groups.

Exceptional Nature Space Playtime

 

Come discover, build and play with us! 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!

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-Friendly Events

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. Areas of the Zoo may be closed during event, see event details when purchasing tickets. 

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

We first want to say “thank you” to our amazing community for your support during this challenging time. The fun may be postponed, but our need is still there.  Click here to see how you can help.

 


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

We first want to say “thank you” to our amazing community for your support during this challenging time. The fun may be postponed, but our need is still there.  Click here to see how you can help.

 


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!

 

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.

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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