Homeschool Zoocademy 2019-2020 

Homeschool Zoocademy at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is a unique experience for homeschool students ages 5-15. Zoocademy covers a wide range of topics in Biology, Zoology, Environmental Science, and Conservation. Lessons, activities, and projects are developed for each age group -- ages 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 13-15. 

Homeschool Zoocademy Promotes:

*Conservation and Environmental Awareness:
Empowering students to become responsible stewards of the natural environment.
*Knowledge through Experience: Engaging in meaningful, current, and interactive experiences to inform and excite students about their direct connection to the world.

Students ages 5-12 will meet once a month for eight (8) months and will explore a different topic each month. Each class will include lessons, animal encounters, art projects, tours, and more. For full schedule, click here.

Students ages 13-15 will meet every other Saturday* for eight (8) sessions and will perform deeper studies of animal behavior and cognition. Homework and Zoo visits may be required in between class sessions. For full schedule, click here 

*Please note that there will be three weeks between sessions from November 16 to December 7 and two sessions in a row on December 7 and December 14.

For more information and FAQs about Homeschool Zoocademy, please read our Parent Handbook


Zoo Members: $150/child for 8-part series
Non-Members: $175/child for 8-part series 



*Registration NOW CLOSED

Due to high demand, new Tuesday AM sessions are now open for 5-6 and 7-8 age groups! To be placed on a wait list for any of our sold out classes, please send an email to

Member Registration

Non-Member Registration

Enrollment is limited to home-schooled children ages 5-15. Children will be enrolled into the appropriate age class based on their age as of September 1, 2019. In accordance with Florida state law, children must be 5 years old on or before September 1st to enroll.

Children are not denied enrollment on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, national origin (ancestry), or disability.


  • Please be patient with our website! We recommend using a desktop or laptop and using Chrome or Firefox. You may have to refresh several times.
  • When you register, even if you have an account on our website, you may have more success if you check out as a guest.
  • If you continue to have trouble, we will do our best to assist you by phone or email, but we may be experiencing high call volume. Again, we appreciate your patience.  
  • Please read all policies and procedures in the Program Handbook before registering. Also please note our date change and cancellation policies. Our younger classes frequently sell out, so it is unlikely we will be able to change your date. Therefore, it is extremely important to confirm your availability as well as date and time before you book.
  • After you complete your registration, make sure to print/save the order confirmation page that pops up! The date and time you register for will NOT be included in your automated email confirmation. 

Date Change: 
A program date change must be made in writing by email or fax at least two weeks prior to the September start date. Date changes will incur a $25 rescheduling fee per student.

Cancellation: Cancellations must be received in writing by email or fax at least two weeks prior to the September start date to qualify for a 50% refund. No refunds will be given for cancellations less than two weeks prior to the September start date, nor are we able to refund for any days missed during the semester. 

If you have any questions or would like to be placed on a notification list, please email or call 904-757-4463 ext. 111.

Sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, 
the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida.

Please ensure that you sign up for your preferred day and time, as you will not be able to switch your class day and time once you have registered.