Homeschool Zoocademy 2019-2020

RSVP for Open House Orientation Sessions Now (May 31 or July 2) 
Zoocademy Registration Opens Late Summer 

Homeschool Zoocademy at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is a unique experience for homeschooled students ages 5-15. Zoocademy covers a wide range of topics in Biology, Zoology, Environmental Science and Conservation, with lessons, activities, and projects suited to each age group.

Zoocademy runs once a month from September to March (final schedule TBD). 


RSVP now for one of our two open-house orientation sessions! 

Friday, May 31 @ 10:00 AM
Tuesday, July 2 @ 1:00 PM

Each session will last approximately 1 hour. Registration will open for the 2019-2020 school year after the orientation sessions have been completed, in late July or early August. 

Attendance at an orientation session will allow you to receive an email notification when registration opens. If you have participated in Zoocademy in the past, you do not need to attend the orientation, but you are welcome to attend if you would like to hear this year's updates. However, parents/students moving up into the 13-15 age group should attend orientation, as the structure of the classes will be different from the younger age groups. 

Children will have the opportunity to participate in a sample Zoocademy activity while parents attend the informational session. As with our actual Zoocademy classes, the sample session is for children only. 

There is no charge for the orientation, however, please RSVP so we can gauge attendance. (You will not receive a confirmation; if you submit the survey and see the thank you page, we have received your RSVP.)
You do not need to enter the Zoo's Main Camp; come directly to the Education Campus at the south end of the parking lot.


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 three 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 three weeks prior to the September start date to qualify for a 50% refund. No refunds will be given for cancellations less than three 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, 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.