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Brevard Zoo's Mission

"Wildlife Conservation Through Education and Participation"


LIVE VIRTUAL CLASSROOM PROGRAMS

Many of your favorite educational programs—including Lagoon Quest, Florida Expedition and Zoo School—are now available virtually. Experience up-close animal encounters, behind-the-scenes Zoo tours and much more from the comfort of your classroom. Remember that space is limited, so book early!

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EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Learning comes easy at the Zoo! Our onsite and offsite education programs feature content that meet your specific needs and curricula aligned with K–12 Florida Standards. To registrer, contact us at edregistrar@brevardzoo.org or 321.254.9453, ext. 219.

ON-SITE EDZOOCATIONAL PROGRAMS OFF-SITE EDZOOCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Exceptional Nature Space

The Exceptional Nature Space (ENS) is a natural play area designed to meet the unique needs of children with varying exceptionalities and their families.  The 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 the parents and the children themselves. Contact exceptional needs coordinator Lindsay Mathisen at lmathisen@brevardzoo.org for more information about program offerings for individuals, groups or school groups.


24th ANNUAL TEACHER OPEN HOUSE

The success of the 2020–21 school year and supporting local educators is very important to us, and we are currently evaluating the possibility of hosting our annual Teacher Open House. Continue to check this page for updates.


EDUCATOR WORKSHOPS

We offer a series of workshops for area teachers, scout leaders and informal educators. These programs are held in conjunction and partnership with the Coastal Marine Institute, Marine Youth Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Brevard County Solid Waste Management Department and National Audubon Society. For more information, contact Andrea Aubert at aaubert@brevardzoo.org.

Project Learning Tree logoProject Learning Tree (PLT) is an international, award-winning program that uses trees as a “window to the world” to increase pre-K–8 student understanding of our complex environment, to stimulate critical and creative thinking, to develop the ability to make informed decisions and to instill the confidence and commitment to take responsible action on behalf of nature. Activities are interdisciplinary, interactive and teach students HOW to think, not WHAT to think. Developed for educators by educators, PLT activities require minimal preparation for inclusion in lesson plans and are aligned with both national and state standards. Join us for a TREE-mendous day of experiential learning at the Zoo or your school!

Project WILD/Aquatic is one of the most widely used conservation learning programs among K–12 educators. This workshop offers exciting hands-on teaching ideas for integrating nature-based exploration, art, literature, math and outdoor play—all while building literacy skills and environmental appreciation through wildlife-based activities.  Project WILD is aligned with state curriculum objectives and standards.

Growing Up Wild logoGrowing Up Wild is an early-childhood initiative that builds literacy skills and environmental appreciation through wildlife-based activities. This workshop offers exciting teaching ideas in science, math, outdoor play, health, music and movement, art and much more!  Growing Up Wild curriculum book are available for purchase.

Flying Wild offers a whole-school approach to environmental education using birds as the focus. Targeted Flying Wild logofor the middle-school audience (though widely adaptable), Flying WILD offers practical hands-on classroom and outdoor field investigation activities connecting real-world experiences in bird biology, conservation and natural history. Project-based classroom applications, service learning and community involvement are encouraged through sections of the guide dedicated to the planning and implementation of birding festivals.


SPACE COAST SCIENCE EDUCATION ALLIANCE

We are members and proud supporters of Space Coast Science Education Alliance (SCSEA), a network of organizations devoted to education, science and the environment. The SCSEA promotes science literacy through joint activities and support of Alliance member projects.

 


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