Homeschool Zoocademy 2018-2019 

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.

We will be hosting two Open House Orientation Sessions to provide an overview of this year's program.
Please RSVP for one of the following dates and times:
Tuesday, July 3, at 2:00 PM
Friday, July 6, at 10:00 AM

Each session should last approximately 1 hour.
Registration will open for the 2018-2019 school year after the orientation sessions have been completed. 

Attendance at the 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. 

Children will have the opportunity to sit in on a sample classroom session 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; 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. 

Please RSVP here to help us gauge attendance. Thank you! 


Zoocademy students (ages 5-12) will attend classes once a month from September 2018-March 2019.
You will choose one day and time to attend each month from the following options:

Tuesdays         1:00-4:00
Wednesdays    9:00-12:00
Wednesdays    1:00-4:00
Thursdays        9:00-12:00
Fridays             9:00-12:00 

Please click here for the full schedule of dates. 

Class sessions for ages 5-12 consist of a lesson, time in the Zoo, an in-class animal encounter, as well as age-appropriate games, projects, and/or stories. Groups are divided into ages 5-6, 7-9, and 10-12. 

Please check back soon for information on our sessions for ages 13-15.


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, 2018. 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.

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. Cancellations will incur a $50 processing fee.

If you have any questions, please email: or call 904-757-4463 ext. 122.

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.