Welcome to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ Education Department

The vision of the Jacksonville Zoo and Garden’s Education Department is to inspire everyone within our reach to take positive action to protect wildlife and wild places.

Our Mission is to:

  • Provide educational and entertaining programs;
  • Promote awareness and conservation of plants, animals and natural resources;
  • Employ a professional and knowledgeable staff;
  • And, deliver positive, memorable guest experiences.

In support of our mission, the Education Department develops implements and evaluates programs suitable for a variety of audiences. Every program features up-close and hands-on encounters with a collection of small animals in both formal and informal settings.

The PepsiCo Foundation Education Campus features four climate-controlled classrooms, large auditorium, and public restrooms located very close to the picnic area in the south parking area, conveniently located near bus parking.

Our Education programs are supported in part by funds received from The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.

Family Early Childhood Education

Group Early Childhood Education

After Dark Adventures

Onsite School Programs

Student Conservation Programs

Field Trips

Home School Programs

Zoo Camps

Zoo to You Outreach

Educator Resources

Scout Programs

Zoo Career Awareness Days

Guided Tours

Scavenger Hunts

W.I.L.D. Program

Outdoor Explore!

Advanced Inquiry Program