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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 - 5)

Overview

Our Zooper Kids programs provide enriching opportunities for children ages 2 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 child will delight in showing you how to get dirty while experiencing nature through crafts, activities, play, animal visitors and guided Zoo excursions.

A minimum enrollment of 5 child and parent pairs is required for the program to take place. This program is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

Click HERE for a flyer.

  • 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 2 to 5
Monthly Series: Once a week for three weeks
Times & Days: Classes are held
9 to 10:30 AM on Wednesday
1:00 to 2:30 PM on Wednesday or Thursday

Monthly Series: Adult/child pair
Members $75 per month | Non-Members $90 per month

Classes at the Zoo

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

Monthly Classes
December | Season Greetings!
January | Animal Opposites
February | Hide& Seek
March | Secrets of the Rainforest
April | Conservation Connection
May | Ships Ahoy!

If the program date is not visible on the calendar, after you click the REGISTER NOW button, then that program is full.
Call 321-254-9453 x 219 or email edregistrar@brevardzoo.org for waitlist.

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    Seasons Greetings

    December

    Stroll through the seasons and discover how weather changes throughout the year. Soo how zoo staff care for our animals in all conditions.

  • Three zebras wish list

    Animal Opposites

    January

    Investigate the similarities and differences that make each animal unique.

  • Hide and Seek

    February

    Explore how animals use their camouflage abilities to stay out of sight in the wild.

  • Secrets of the Rainforest

    March

    Discover the many animals who live in the rainforest and their role in this wild habitat!

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    Conservation Connection

    April

    Learn how we can help make the world a better place for animals.

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    Ships Ahoy

    May

    Join us as we board ship and sail the high seas in search of pirates and mermaids.

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. A minimum enrollment of 10 paying participants is required for each program to take place. This program is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Click HERE for a fall flyer. Click HERE for a spring flyer.

If the program date is not visible on the calendar, after you click the REGISTER NOW button, then that program is full.
Call 321-254-9453 x 219 or email edregistrar@brevardzoo.org for waitlist.

Class Time and Cost

Classes at the Zoo
Two-Hour Class
Ages: 5 to 8, 9 to 12 and families
Time: 10 to 12 PM or 2 to 4 PM
Cost: per person (all attendees need to purchase a ticket)
$23 Members | $28 Non‐Members

 

If the program date is not visible on the calendar, after you click the REGISTER NOW button, then that program is full.
Call 321-254-9453 x 219 or email edregistrar@brevardzoo.org for waitlist.

Classes at the Zoo

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

Sign up for our Brevard Zoo Homeschool Facebook group and get the inside scoop!

 

If the program date is not visible on the calendar, after you click the REGISTER NOW button, then that program is full.
Call 321-254-9453 x 219 or email edregistrar@brevardzoo.org for waitlist.

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    Animal Myth Busters

    September 12, 19 or 26

    Discover if age-old animal myths are true or false!

  • Migration Mysteries

    October 3, 17 or 24

    Join us as we learn how animals navigate to new habitats.

  • Afternoon in the Hollows

    October 21

    Exclusive Event: 5:30-7:30 Ages 5-12. We will meet at Hundred Acre Hollows for a special afternoon of exploration and activities.

  • Let's Rock

    November 7, 14, or 28

    From the Appalachian Mountains to Florida beaches, we will discover the link between them while learning about the minerals on our beaches.

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    Animal Super Senses

    December 5, 12 or 19

    Meet animals with the superpowers of sight, sounds, and scent and learn how scientists and engineers use this knowledge.

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    Habitat Engineers

    January 9, 23 or 30

    Animals survive in many different types of habitats around the world. We will explore these habitats and how animals are some of the world’s best engineers.

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    Out of this world animals

    February 6, 13, or 27

    Animals have adapted to survive in some of the most extreme environments on Earth. We will explore these amazing adaptations and then design our own out-of-this-world animals.

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    March Madness

    March 6 or 27

    Through experimentation and the scientific method, let your inner Mad Scientist shine through! This class is filled with hands-on science experiments and mad, mad fun!

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    Lagoonies

    April 3 Offsite

    Exclusive Event: The Indian River Lagoon is a wild and crazy environment filled with creatures, large and small. Join us as we explore this amazing estuary in all its diversity!

  • Wetlands Exploration

    April 3, 10, 17

    Ages5-8 years: In this microscopic lesson, we will begin with dip netting, collecting, and identifying aquatic animals and peek into the world of microscopic organisms.

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    Superheroes of the Wild

    May 12

    Exclusive Event: Everyone has a superpower! From the biggest to the smallest, the strongest to the loudest and even the slimiest, there are superheroes all around us. Explore with us to discover the Superheroes of the Wild.

Exclusive Events

AFTERNOON IN THE HOLLOWS
October 21 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Ages 5 to 12
Let’s migrate to Hundred Acre Hollows for a special afternoon of exploration and activities, as we learn about the animals who call the Hollows their home.  we are excited to explore new habitats, just 10 minutes from the Zoo!

ZOO SCHOOL
November 29 to December 1 | 9 AM to NOON | Ages 9 to 12
Students will join us for a three-day Zoo School and explore while immersed in Life Science Curriculum. Cost: $100 Members $85

LAGOONIES
April 3 | 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM | Ages 9 to
12
The Indian River Lagoon is a wild and crazy environment filled with creatures, large and small. Join us as we explore this amazing estuary in all its diversity!

HOMESCHOOL FAMILY DAY
May 12 | 9:30, 10:30 & 11:30 AM Timed Entry
Everyone has a superpower!  From the biggest to the smallest, the strongest to the loudest and even the slimiest, there are superheroes all around us.  Explore with us to discover the Superheroes of the Wild. Space is limited per timed entry, register early. 

 

If the program date is not visible on the calendar, after you click the REGISTER NOW button, then that program is full.
Call 321-254-9453 x 219 or email edregistrar@brevardzoo.org for waitlist.

Jr. Zookeeper (Ages 10 - 13)

Overview

Hey, tweens! Are you between the ages of 10 and 13 and interested in animals, conservation and the environment? Join Jr. Zookeeper!

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! A minimum enrollment of 10 participants is required for the program to take place.

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.

 

Class Time and Cost

Monthly Programs
Members $23 | Non-Members $28

Exclusive Events
Members $37 | Non-Members $42

 

Classes at the Zoo

Monthly Classes
September | Lions, Lions, and Lions
October |Hundred Acre Hollow Field Trip | Offsite Program
November | Hurricane Hazards
December | Code Zebra

Click HERE for a flyer.

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

If the program date is not visible on the calendar, after you click the REGISTER NOW button, then that program is full.
Call 321-254-9453 x 219 or email edregistrar@brevardzoo.org for waitlist.

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    Jr Vet Day

    May Exclusive Event

    Step into the shoes of a Zoo veterinarian during this extended adventure!

  • Lions Lions Lions

    September 11

    Welcoming our newest Zoo critter, the mighty African Lion! Come explore how we care safely for these big cats and hear what the roar is all about.

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    Hundred Acre Hollow

    October 16 | Offsite

    Ready for a field trip? This class will meet at Hundred Acre Hollow where we will learn all about native critter populations and the habitats they call home!

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    Hurricane Hazards

    November 6

    Have you ever wondered how the Zoo preps for Hurricanes? Come find out how we keep our animals happy and healthy!

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    Code Zebra

    December 18

    What’s a Code Zebra? Find out how Zoos prepare for escaped animals and what this means for our Critical Action team!

Night Time Adventures (Ages 5 - 12)

Overview

Brevard Zoo offers children’s night hikes, overnights and scouting adventures! Click HERE for a flyer!

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! A minimum enrollment of 5 child and parent pairs is required for the family program and a minimum of 10 participants for the drop-off program must be registered to take place.

Questions? Email edregistrar@brevardzoo.org or call 321.254.9453 x219. Click HERE for FAQ. Click HERE for a flyer.

 

Program Times and Costs

Night Hike Program Information
Family Youth Ages 5 to 12, Plus Adult
Time: 6 PM to 8 PM
Family Cost: per person
Members $15 | Non-Members $20

Drop-off Youth Ages 7 to 12
Time: 6 PM to 8 PM
Drop-off Cost: per person
Members $23 | Non-Members $28

Do you have a group or organization that would like to see the Zoo at night? Book our exclusive summer night hikes soon! Dates are limited, email edregistrar@brevardzoo.org. 

Program Dates

Night Hike Program Information
August 20 |Florida Fossils | Family Hike
September 9 | Expedition Rainforest | Drop-Off Hike
October 22 | Hundred Acre Hollows | Family Hike
November 11 | What do Zoos do? | Drop-Off Hike
December 9 | Painting on the Wild Side | Family Hike
December 17 | Painting on the Wild Side | Drop-Off Hike

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

Do you have a group or organization that would like to see the Zoo at night? Email edregistrar@brevardzoo.org for more information.  

If the program date is not visible on the calendar, after you click the REGISTER NOW button, then that program is full.
Call 321-254-9453 x 219 or email edregistrar@brevardzoo.org for waitlist.

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    Rainforest Expedition

    September 9 | Drop-Off

    Let’s take a hike in the tropics! Get ready for the sights, sounds, and smells of the Rainforest.

  • Florida Fossils

    August 20

    Why are there no dinosaur bones found in Florida? Find out why our state is a treasure for all types of non-dino fossils!

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    Hundred Acre Hollow

    October 22 | Family Hike

    Come explore Hundred Acre Hollow at Night! We will explore bats, frogs, and the critters of the night.

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    What Do Zoos Do

    November 11 | Drop Off Hike

    Have you ever wondered how Brevard Zoo cares for our over 900 animals?! Learn what it takes to be Zoo-riffic.

  • Painting on the Wild Side

    December 9 or 17

    Have you ever wondered how Brevard Zoo cares for our over 900 animals?! Learn what it takes to be Zoo-riffic.

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.

Teen (Ages 13 +)

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 Barnyard
  • assisting staff with summer and winter camps
  • Assisting staff with special events and seasonal functions

Learn more HERE.

Summer VolunTEEN Program

The Summer VolunTEEN Program is a 10-week-, 10-day-minimum opportunity that runs from May through early August.  VolunTEENs fill a variety of roles, such as engaging Zoo guests, assisting with summer camps and working alongside Zoo Teen volunteers. Applicants must be 13 by April 1, and applications are due by 5 p.m. on April 3, 2022.  Click HERE for the application.

To learn more about teen volunteer opportunities click HERE.

Exceptional-Friendly Programming (All Ages)

Overview

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 the education registrar at edregistrar@brevardzoo.org for more information about offerings for individuals, groups and school groups.

Exceptional Friendly Programs & Events

Families of individuals with unique sensory processing needs are welcome to attend exceptional-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. 

Monthly Programs
Family Nature Club
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. Click  HERE for more information.

Upcoming Event
Exceptional Boo at the Zoo Ι October 14 & 15 Ι 5-7 pm Ι Cost $5 per person

Hocus Pocus come and join us! Enjoy a magical evening of trick-or-treating, games, sensory explorations and more as you stroll through Paws On at Brevard Zoo.

This event is for individuals with exceptional needs and their families. As a come and go event, we will have timed entries at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Limited tickets will be available each night.

For inquiries, contact Kristen Gunderson at kgunderson@brevardzoo.org.

If the program date is not visible on the calendar, after you click the REGISTER NOW button, then that program is full.
Call 321-254-9453 x 219 or email edregistrar@brevardzoo.org for waitlist.

Exceptional Nature Space 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 playtime in our Exceptional Nature Space!

Schedule Your Own Group Play Date!

Contact the education registrar at edregistrar@brevardzoo.org  for more information about program offerings for individuals, groups or school groups.

Sensory Inclusive Resources: KultureCity Bag

As a KultureCity Sensory Inclusive certified organization, we offer both sensory bags and lanyards for our guests to borrow. Both items 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. The lanyard can be check out separately if guests do not want to check out the bag.

Sensory Inclusive Resource: 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. 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.

Private Night Hike 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

One free adult for every 10 scouts. Minimum of 15 paid participants. Maximum 50 participants. Call 321.254.9453 x219 or email edregistrar@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 x219 or edregistrar@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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