Open Daily
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Children in camp building animal home
Kids Programs

WHERE EDUCATION & FUN COLLIDE

Brevard Zoo is nationally recognized for its education programs that provide a variety of opportunities to 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.

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 the 2019 flyer.

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

    Animal Moves

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

  • Kids playing outdoors

    Zooper Kid Class

    Explore Nature!

    Having fun with friends and enjoying the Zoo!

  • Parent and child at Zooper Kid class

    Zooper Kid Class

    Join us for animal encounters, crafts, play centers and guided Zoo walks.

    Hands on activities in the Wildlife Detective Training Academy.

  • Boy imitating animal

    If I Were An 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!

  • Kids digging in the sand

    Zooper Kids Class

    Explore nature with your child in a safe, nurturing environment.

    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

    Zooper boys

    Explore nature with your child in a safe, nurturing environment.

  • Young siblings lean against a tree

    Habitat Explorers

    It’s a wild and wonderful world we live in! This month, Zooper Kids will be diving into habitats in our backyard and around the world.

Classes

One- class cost: Adult/child pair
Members $17 per month | Non-Members $22
(each class is different, sign up for just one or all in the month)
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.

  • Giraffe with keeper in santa hat

    Holiday Helpers

    December

    The time of year to spread cheer is here! Make some very special holiday deliveries and bring joy to our wild Zoo family.

  • Children working on fossil in sand.

    Field Station Investigation

    October

    Grab your gear and get ready for an adventure! We’ll find out just what is so cool about the new Wildlife Detective Field Station.

  • bear

    Welcome Bear

    September

    What’s big and hairy and not the least bit scary? Our newest Zoo family member! Come help us “welcome bear” this month with Zooper Kids.

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    Zooper Sculpture Safari

    August

    Have you seen the life-size metal animals around the Zoo? We’ll search high and low to spot them all and bring art to life with activities that engage your senses. Of course, we’ll create our own sculptures, too!

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. Click here for a program flyer. See our Educator or Family Workshops for more fun!

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!

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.

  • Cold-Blooded Encounters

    September

    Snakes, lizards, frogs and more! Using surface thermometers and thermal imaging cameras, we’ll discover the internal differences between cold-blooded and warm-blooded animals.

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    Silent Invaders

    October

    Aliens are among us and they’re taking over! Learn all about the invasive plants and animals of Florida, where they live, how to identify them and what we can do to protect our native species.

  • sea turtle

    Marine Science Investigators

    November

    Dive into the watery world of marine biology and see what it takes to become a sea turtle rehabilitator, exploring the science behind diagnosis and treatment.

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    Weapons of the Wild!

    December

    En garde! Put on your armor and investigate the fascinating ways animals defend themselves from predators.

  • 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.

Jr. Zookeeper Club (Ages 10 - 13)

Overview

Hello 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 for a 2019 flyer.

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!

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

    Exclusive behind the scene tour of Sea Turtle Healing Center.

  • Junior Zookeeper

    Zoo Keeper Day

    Education Program

  • 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

    Investigation

    Education Program

  • Children feeging birds in the aviary

    Animated Aviary

    How do we make sure that fun experiences for Zoo guests are also healthy for the animals? Jr. Zookeepers learn and experience!

Classes

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.

  • hurricane

    Hurricane Hazards

    October 20

    What happens at the Zoo during a hurricane?

  • two zebra

    Zippy Zebras

    September 15

    Discover how Zoo staff train and prepare for animal emergencies.

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    Jr. Zookeeper Night Hike

    December 13

    Step into the shoes of a zookeeper and walk the Zoo after dark on this special adventure. Pizza dinner included. Time: 5 – 9 pm Cost: $25 Members, $35 Nonmembers

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    Homey Habitats

    August 18

    How do keepers go the extra mile to make Zoo habitats a home?

  • giraffe

    Gregarious Giraffe

    November 17

    Uncover how science guides which groups of animals live together.

Zoo Teen Volunteer Program (Ages 13 - 18)

Zoo Teen Overview

The Zoo’s Teen Program provides a way for youth to serve their community in pursuit of environmental awareness and career exploration. Teens are offered a variety of opportunities throughout the year with our year-long Zoo Teen Program and the Summer VolunTeen Program.

Each year, Zoo Teens work alongside staff to create a positive and memorable experience for Zoo visitors. Teens perform a variety of tasks at the Zoo that include Animal Handling, Kayaking and Public Education. Zoo Teens also volunteer their time for Zoo Camp, fundraisers and special events.

There are numerous benefits to joining the Zoo Teen Program. Students can use their volunteer experience to meet community service requirements for Florida Bright Futures Scholarships. Teens also have the opportunity to work directly with animals and the public, gaining valuable skills for a variety of careers. Most importantly, Zoo Teens gain an appreciation for the value of volunteer work and community involvement. Click here for the 2019 Zoo Teen Application and here to learn more…

The 2019 Zoo Teen Program applications will be available Wednesday, August 15 and are due Sunday, October 14 by 5 p.m.

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.

  • 2016 Zoo Teen

  • Zoo teens showing guests animals in the touch tank

    Zoo Teens

    Interpreting at the touch tank.

    Zoo teens show a young girl a horseshoe crab in the touch tank

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    zoo-teens-at-theater

    Community Event with Zoo Teens!

  • Zoo teens working

    Teen programs

    Zoo teens interacting with guests

  • Zoo Teens host a booth at a community event

    Community Event

    2016 Youth Making Ripples Event

    Community Event with Zoo Teens

  • Group of Zoo Teens at a beach cleanup

    Conservation Team

    Beach Clean Up by Zoo Teens! Zoo Teens support and clean up local beaches monthly!

  • Zoo teen showing animal to two young girls

    Zoo Teen

    Animal handling in the Zoo!

    Teens talking about the importance of our animal ambassadors to guests.

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    Teens talking about the importance of our animal ambassadors to guests.

Summer VolunTEEN Program

The Summer VolunTEEN Program is a 10-week, 10-day minimum opportunity that runs from June 3 through early August. VolunTEENs must apply to the program. Once selected, they undergo two days of training on Sunday, May 26 and Sunday, June 2. Presence at training is required; inability to meet this requirement will exclude the applicant from consideration. VolunTEENs do a variety of jobs including engaging Zoo guests, assisting with summer camp, working with current Zoo Teen volunteers and making new friends. Click here to download the application.

Youth Environmental Summit

Saturday, July 27 | 8:30 AM to 5 PM
Cost includes workshops and lunch

Our Zoo Teens are extremely excited and passionate about conservation! Each year, they organize a Youth Environmental Summit. Their goal is to empower youth from across Florida, ages 12–18, to play an active role in conservation by providing them with information and tools. Attendees discuss environmental concerns, attend workshops and participate in hands-on projects. Registration opens in April! Click here for 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.

  • Youth Environmental Summit logo

    Youth Environmental Summit logo

    Youth Environmental Summit logo

  • Teens making arts and crafts

    2016 Youth Environmental Summit

    Making new friends and having fun!

  • Teens working on oyster mats

    Youth Environmental Summit

    Participants making oyster mats!

  • Youth Environmental Summit participants

    Youth Environmental Summit participants

    Youth Environmental Summit participants holding earth-ball

  • Teens painting

    Youth Environmental Summit

    Letting the creative side of our youth shin!

  • Teens giving a presentation

    Youth Environmental Summit

    Participants of the Youth Environmental Summit give a presentation during a break-out session in the Treehouse classroom

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!

Click HERE for Spring Flyer and HERE for Summer Flyer.

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

 

  • Girls during night hike

    Night Hike

    Kids enjoying Night Hike programs

  • Children programs for overnight stay

    Overnight

    Children programs for overnight stay

  • Children touching animal

    Night Adventure

    Children touching animal

  • Kids in sleeping bags during overnight program

    Overnight

    Kids in sleeping bags during overnight program

  • Children touching animal

    Animal Encounter

    Children touching animal

  • Kids laughing during overnight

    Overnights

    Kids in their sleeping bags laughing during an overnight program

  • Boy using flashlight during night hike

    Night hikes

    Boy using a flashlight and peering over railing during night hike

  • Group goofing off during night hike

    Education Program

    Group goofing off during night hike

  • Kids enjoying night adventure

    Party animals in the house!

    Celebrate with a night hike or overnight!

  • Overnight at Zoo

    Overnights are WILD!

    Kids and parents set up sleeping bags during a private overnight.

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.

  • Scout badges

    Scout Night Hike

    May 11

    Earn your Scout Badge during a night hike program!

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    Jumpin' July

    July 13

    From slime to frog calls, learn all about these jumpin’ critters. Take a hike to the Zoo’s wetlands and discover the frogs in our backyard.

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    June Bugs

    June 29

    What goes on in a busy beehive and why is a worm so slimy? Discover the tiny and amazingly cool world of bugs on this nighthike.

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!

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
Cost per participant
Night Hike: Members $25| Non-Members $35
Overnight: Members $35 | Non-Members $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.

  • Bamboo wind chime play area

    Exceptional Nature Space

    Bamboo wind chime play area

  • Gate outside of Exceptional Nature Space

    Exceptiontal Nature Space

    Gate outside of Exceptional Nature Space

  • Walkway into Exceptional Nature Space

    Exceptiontal Nature Space

    Walkway into Exceptional Nature Space

  • Sensory board play area

    Exceptional Nature Space

    Sensory board play area. Come Grow With Us!

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! Click HERE for flyer.

Special Days
10 AM to 12 PM
May 18
September 15
November 24

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!

  • Girl playing in Exceptional Nature Space

    Exceptional Nature Space

    Play time in our space!

  • Boy looking through telescope.

    Exceptional Nature Space

    Open Free Play

    Kid playing with telescope in Exceptional Nature Space

  • Young boy making silly faces in play area

    Exceptional Nature Space

    Young boy sticks his tongue out from behind bamboo in play area

  • Open Free Play in the Exceptional Nature Space

    Exceptional Nature Space

    Open Free Play in the Exceptional Nature Space

  • Girl using a shovel for sand bucket

    Free Play

    A young girl uses a shovel to fill a small bucket with sand

  • Young girl petting a reptile

    Exceptinal Nature Program

    Girl meeting animal in Exceptional Nature Space

  • Boy meets python in Exceptional Nature Space

    Guest with phyton

    Boy meets python in Exceptional Nature Space

  • Kids pet an animal

    Exceptional Nature Space

    Kids meeting an animal in Brevard Zoo Exceptional Nature Space

  • Boy painting in Exceptional Nature Space

    ENS

    Boy painting in 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 HERE for a flyer.

Sensory Sculpture Safari
May 4th
8:30 – 10 AM

Sensory Arctic Tuesday
July 16th
9 – 10 AM

Sensory Boo at the Zoo
October 5th
5 – 7 PM

Playtime Special Days
See Playtime tab for more details
May 18*

September 15*
November 24*
*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 or 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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