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.
Every Saturday (excluding holidays) we will have a free 15 minute snake talk with one of our nonvenomous snakes at 10am and 2pm. Participants will get to learn about the species, ask questions, and touch the animal. Please contact us for special rates for military and veteran families, underprivileged families, or other special situations for any of our education programs.
Interested in joining our new, upcoming SCIFA Club to gain access to professional science mentors and biology workshops? Email our Education Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Programs & Pricing
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!
On-site Field Trips
Looking to join us in Jacksonville at our on-site location at the Tree Hill Nature Center? We have a variety of educational programs designed to meet Florida state educational standards for you to choose from.
All of our on-site field trip programs will be about 2 hours in length and include admission to the nature center. Each program will be geared around a different theme, but will incorporate a hands-on classroom activity, an outdoor activity, and a chance to interact with one or more of our animal ambassadors. Contact us today to book your program
On-site Field Trip Options
Students will distinguish different qualities in sound, learn more about how rattlesnakes are adapted to use sound, and build working models that demonstrate how sound is produced from vibrations!
Shake, Rattle, & Roll
Students will compare and contrast plants and animals by their characteristics and behaviors, investigate local habitats, and explore some of the ways that rattlesnakes - and all animals - depend on their environment.