Jacksonville Manatee Festival

Saturday, February 18, 2017; 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Creativity, Culture and Conservation. Join the Zoo for live music, arts and crafts and conservation as we celebrate Florida's state marine mammal. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will provide tours of their manatee rescue boat and transport truck, and even conduct a manatee 'rescue' for kids. Live music, crafts for kids and live art demonstrations will all be a part of the fun. 

Join us in celebration of our new Manatee Critical Care Center. Ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. 
Event is free with Zoo admission.

Opening of our Manatee Critical Care Center Schedule

9:45-9:55 am        Celebration Parade
10-10:20 am         Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
10:20-10:50          Post ceremony celebration, tours for VIPS & invited guests
11:00-1 p.m.          Open House Hours for the new facility

Live music:
11 am – 1 pm Sciatica Beach

Face painting
11 am – 2 pm – Tiffany Rodriguez Originals

Conservation Partners:
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Jacksonville University
Save the Manatee Club
St. Johns Riverkeeper
Jacksonville Science Festival
WILD Stewards
Wild Things

Artistic Partners:
Julie Fetzer of Palm Arts & Photo
The Foundation Academy
Seaside Community Charter School
Artist Series
Discovery Montessori School