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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.

Ages 2 - 4 Zooper Kids

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.

Little Zookeepers (January)

Do you know what zookeepers do? Come explore how we offer the best care for Zoo animals all year long.

Thursday series: January 10, 17, 24, 31
Saturday series: January 12, 26

Helping Hands (February)

How can we be good neighbors to our animal friends? We’ll bring you and your little one closer to nature this month as we get hands-on to help out.

Thursday series: February 7, 14, 21, 28
Saturday series: February 9, 23

Muddy Buddies (March)

We’re getting messy this month as we explore natural materials and delight in nature play.

Thursday series: March 7, 14, 21, 28
Saturday series: March 9, 23

April Showers (April)

Bloop! Plop! Drip! Make a splash learning about how animals use water.

Thursday series: April 4, 11, 18, 25
Tuesday series: April 9, 23

May Flowers (May)

Zooper Kids are going to have fun in the garden this month. Let’s see what we can grow together!

Thursday series: May 2, 9, 16, 23
Saturday series: May 4, 18

Ages 5 - 12 Homeschool

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!

Ages 5 to 8 & 9 to 12
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.

Say Whaaaat? Animal Communications (January)

Squeak, snort, growl, grunt—what does it all mean? Are they just noises or are animals trying to tell us something?

Monday, January 14 (ages 5 – 8 & 9 – 12)
Tuesday, January 15 (ages 5 – 8)

Animal Super Senses (February)

Meet the animals that inspired some of your favorite superheroes and learn how scientists use their “super senses” to create new technology!

Monday, February 11 (ages 5 – 8 & 9 – 12)
Tuesday, February 12 (ages 5 – 8)

March Madness! (March)

Unleash your inner mad scientist through hands-on experimentation and the scientific method. It’s sure to be mad, mad fun!

Monday, March 11 (ages 5 – 8 & 9 – 12)
Tuesday, March 12 (ages 5 – 8)

Shark Week (April)

Think you know everything there is to know about sharks? Dive in for a closer look at these amazing creatures, see how they’re classified and meet their prehistoric relatives!

Monday, April 8 (ages 5 – 8 & 9 – 12)
Tuesday, April 9 (ages 5 – 8)

Indian River Lagoon Day (April 26)

Spend the day as a marine biologist in the Indian River Lagoon! Search for fascinating creatures and use scientific tools to conduct water quality measurements. This is NOT a drop off program.

Offsite 9:30 am – 1 pm
Friday, April 26 (ages 9 – 12)

Ages 10 - 13 Jr. Zookeeper Club

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.

Delightful Deer (February 17)

Discover how our amazing keepers
provide exceptional care to keep deer
and other animals thriving in their Zoo
home.

Animated Aviary (March 10)

How do we make sure that fun
experiences for Zoo guests are also
healthy for the animals? Help make
seed sticks for our feathered friends
before we head over to the aviary.

Brisk Bears (April 14)

Check out the choices that go into
planning a new habitat as we learn
about one of the Zoo’s newest citizens.

Jr. Zoo Chefs (May 19)

With over 900 animals to feed, our
Zoo chefs stay busy. Join us as we
get creative with animal diets and
enrichment. Pizza lunch included.

Time: 9 am – 1 pm
Cost: $25 Members, $35 Nonmembers

Ages 5 - 12 Night Hikes

Overview

Brevard Zoo offers children’s night hikes, overnights, family night hikes and scouting adventures….YES in the Zoo in the dark of the night! 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!

Parents can even enjoy an evening out while your kids embark on a wild escapade at the Zoo. 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 a 2019 flyer.

Ages 5 to 12
5 PM to 9 PM

Cost: per child
Members $25 | Non-Members $35

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.

Scaly Skins (January 12)

Did you know alligators are great moms and box turtles can live to be 120 years old? Meet some cold-blooded critters at the Zoo and learn all the cool things reptiles can do.

A Creature's Features (February 9)

Spiky tails and sticky toes, what do a creature’s features tell us? Get an up-close look at some amazing animal adaptations and make a Valentine to take home.

Night Keepers (March 16)

From alligators to zebras, learn how zookeepers care for animals in their Zoo home. Check out our Zoo kitchen and help make animal enrichments!

Wild Waters (April 6)

Fish, sea turtles, otters and more! Dive on in and learn all about our aquatic animals and their wild watery habitats.

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.

Ages 7 - 12 Overnights

Overview

Brevard Zoo offers children’s night hikes, overnights, family night hikes and scouting adventures….YES in the Zoo in the dark of the night! 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!

Parents can even enjoy an evening out while your kids embark on a wild escapade at the Zoo. 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 a 2018 flyer and HERE for a 2019 flyer.

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.

Scaly Skins (January 12)

Did you know alligators are great moms and box turtles can live to be 120 years old? Meet some cold-blooded critters at the Zoo and learn all the cool things reptiles can do.

A Creature's Features (February 9)

Spiky tails and sticky toes, what do a creature’s features tell us? Get an up-close look at some amazing animal adaptations and make a Valentine to take home.

Night Keepers (March 16)

From alligators to zebras, learn how
zookeepers care for animals in their Zoo home. Check out our Zoo kitchen and help make animal enrichments!

Wild Waters (April 6)

Fish, sea turtles, otters and more! Dive on in and learn all about our aquatic animals and their wild watery habitats.

Schedule Your Own Group 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
Cost per participant
Night Hike: Members $25| Non-Members $35
Overnight: Members $35 | Non-Members $45
Daily Zoo Admission options available.

Ages 7 - 12 Scouts

Overview

Include Brevard Zoo in your next scouting experience! Learn about the Zoo and our animals in one of our fun-filled workshops, overnights or Night Hikes. All programs complement scout badge requirements.

Scout Overnights

Great for small troops or individual scouts! Your wild adventure includes a “camp-in” at the Zoo’s themed classroom, night safari hike into the Zoo, up-close animal encounters, craft or game, pizza and a continental breakfast.  Individual scouts may sign up with a parent if your troop cannot attend. All participants must have signed registration forms to participate. Dates and forms coming soon!

Troop Night Hikes & Overnights

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!

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

NEW! Exceptional Nature Play

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!

10 AM to 12 PM & 1 to 3 PM

Spring 2019 dates coming soon!

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 Nights

SENSORY NIGHTS 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.

2019 dates coming soon.

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.

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.

Ages 13 - 18 Teen

Zoo Teen Volunteer Program

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.

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.


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