In-person and Online Educational Opportunities Available
We have reached thousands of young people, inspiring curiosity, lifetime learning, and connection with the outdoors.
Education & Outreach
Located in the heart of Jacksonville, we believe that connecting kids with the many natural areas the first coast has to offer. Education and outreach are the foundation of establishing successful conservation programs and our aim is to get every kid outside we can! Every year, our education team attends events across the U.S. to help people connect with snakes and understand their important to our ecosystems. On average, our team reaches close to 50,000 people annually at several events, including the Claxton Rattlesnake Festival, Pasco County Rattlesnake Festival, the Florida Fire Festival, Lubee Bat Festival, Endangered Species Day and Party for the Planet at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, and many more!
Through these outreach and education programs, our team works to dispel myths, teach people about the importance of rattlesnakes to our ecosystems, the potential for venom research to help save human lives, and help reduce conflict with wildlife.
We have many different education programs for kids, but one of our favorite things to do is visit local schools! We have hands on classroom activities and teach students about Florida ecosystems, how to get involved in STEM, and of course we bring ambassador animals like SNAKES and TORTOISES!
Presentations last 1-2 hours, but can be tailored to be longer or shorter. Our team of educators is also familiar with the State of Florida education requirements and can help teachers check off some of those required teaching items for the year!
Interested in our team coming out to visit? Contact us today to schedule a presentation!
Whether you are looking for a virtual school option, field trip, or on-site learning program at co-op, our team of educators is here to help you with your kids' education needs. Our team recognizes the importance of homeschool programs, with some of our staff even homeschooling their own kids!
We are excited to offer the same exciting programs that we do for on-site schools, where students will get the chance to learn all about Florida ecosystems, working in the STEM field, and REPTILES! Contact us today to tell us about your student's interests and we will tailor an education program that can help you meet your teaching requirements for the year!
Guided Nature Hikes
Are you looking for group or private guided tours in Florida's outdoors? We take students on exciting hikes to learn about our native ecosystems and discover the wildlife that lives there! Is your kid interested in frogs? snakes? lizards? or even birds? Some species are even best to see at night time, so reach out to our team to give your kids unique learning opportunity!
To setup your private or group guided hike, contact our education team today!
We also offer organized events through our STEM Station Program, which is hosted throughout the area at Tree Hill Nature Center, State Parks and Forests, and National Forests!
Introducing The Rattlesnake Conservancy's newest education program, STEM Station: Science in the Great Outdoors!
Every month, our team of dedicated counselors and scientists will embark on a great adventure, leading children ages 8-13 through Florida's natural ecosystems. While on these adventures, children will have safe, meaningful interactions with native flora and fauna while taking part in activities that will expand their knowledge on the great outdoors and natural sciences.
These programs will take place in various parks and natural areas throughout Duval, Clay, Nassau and St. John's counties, including Tree Hill Nature Center in Jacksonville, FL.
Our team is available Monday-Saturday to come to any school or venue in Duval, Clay, or Nassau Counties. Our pricing is $125 per hour for education programs (outside of scheduled events, such as STEM Station), with a 1 hour minimum. We offer special rates for extended events that will last 4+ hours. Please contact us for special rates for military and veteran families, underprivileged families, or other special situations.
what to expect
One day, drop off program
May last anywhere from 2 to 5 hours depending on the session
Guided interpreted hikes through natural areas
Learning about native plants and wildlife
Collecting data and surveying landscapes
Learning new wilderness skills
Making crafts from natural items
Meeting ambassador animals such as different reptiles, amphibians and mammals
We also offer summer camp programs at our facility in Jacksonville! If you are looking for a fun and unique summer camp where students will have the opportunity to meet ambassadors animals, spend as much time outdoors as possible, and learn a bunch about our natural world, be sure to check out our summer camps!