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“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, the excitement, and the mystery of the world we live in.” - Rachel Carson

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is home to approximately 275 species of animals (approximately 1,400 individuals) and approximately 2,000 species of plants from around the world.  It is also the field trip destination for nearly 100,000 school students, teachers and chaperones every year from as far away as Columbia, SC & Savannah, GA, to Orlando & Tallahassee, FL.  Whether you are studying Life Cycles, Adaptations, Animal Behavior or Ecosystems, there is plenty to see and do while visiting the Zoo.


March, April & May are the busiest months for school Field trips.  Nearly 50,000 or 50% of our annual field trip attendance occurs during these spring months.  It is strongly recommended that if you want to schedule a field trip during this time that you make your reservation in January.  If you are local or want to avoid the spring rush, we highly recommend that you visit in the fall and winter.

Whether you are a classroom teacher, home schooling parent, museum or park service educator, the Zoo’s Education Department Teacher & Educator Workshops are geared to help you engage your students in environmental education.

Teacher & Educator Workshops

Check back soon for more teacher workshops!