Protecting Our Planet
Student Conservation Programs

Protecting Our Planet programs are designed to give your students a more in depth and hands-on learning experience to better understand the conservation issues facing wildlife today.  Each program includes three visits at your school by a Zoo Educator and one field trip to the Zoo spread out over several weeks or months.  Programs are available for students K-12th grade and will be tailored to the age and needs of your group.

Saving Wildlife Through Mascots
Are your students the "Fighting Jaguars"?  Do they have "Eagle Pride"?  Your students can harness their school spirit into helping save animals through a hands-on conservation project.   This program matches your students with local and international organizations working to protect and save your school mascot in the wild.  Your Zoo visit will include a special keeper talk and/or behind the scenes tour.

Pollinator Protectors

Join the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens to help save pollinators!  Students will be learning about the importance of pollinators and creating their own school yard pollination garden with the help of Zoo staff.  Your Zoo visit will include a guided garden tour.

Program fees cover the cost of three in-school visits by a Zoo Educator followed by a visit to the Zoo.
Students: $30 each (includes Zoo admission)
Adults: 1 adult FREE per every 10 students for Zoo visit
                  Additional adults pay general Zoo admission

To schedule a Protecting Our Planet program please email or call 904.757.4463 ext. 158

When scheduling a Zoo program, please keep the following in mind:

Programs must be booked at least four weeks in advance and a $25 non-refundable deposit is required within 10 business days to reserve your program date and time slot.  

Program payment is due in full four weeks prior to your first scheduled visit.  If you book less than four weeks in advance, a credit card number is required and will be kept on file.  If you do not have full payment on the date of your first scheduled program the credit card will be charged. 


Date Change: A program date change must be made in writing by email or fax. Date changes will incur a $25 rescheduling fee.

Cancellation:  Cancellations must be received in writing by email or fax at least two weeks prior to the program date to qualify for a 50% refund.  No refunds will be issued for cancellations within two weeks of the program date.

No refunds will be issued for no shows or late arrivals.   We do our best to accommodate late arrivals, but reserve the right to cancel or adjust program length depending on staff and classroom availability.  If you are more than 15 minutes late for your scheduled time, your program will automatically be cancelled with no refund.

If you have any questions, email or call 904.757.4463 ext. 158