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Visit Local Institutions


Be sure to plan your travel to visit one of the many AZA-Accredited and Certified institutions close to Jacksonville!

St. Augustine Alligator Farm, St. Augustine, FL
Approximately 1 hour from Jacksonville

Founded in 1893, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park began as a small exhibition of Florida reptiles and soon became a quintessential Florida attraction. Today it functions as a modern zoo serving the public and the scientific community with educational shows and exhibits, important research, and worldwide conservation efforts. The zoo is the only facility in the world to exhibit all 24 currently recognized species of crocodilians, but it also maintains a diverse collection of birds, chelonians, other reptiles and small mammals. The Alligator Farm’s history as an attraction and an AZA accredited zoo (since 1989) is nearly as exciting as zipping across the Alligator Lagoon on Crocodile Crossing, the park’s thrilling zip-line attraction.

Conference attendees receive the following benefits simply by showing their badge:

  • Free admission into the park
  • 10% discount off purchases at the ToucanTina snack bar and Gift Shop
  • 20% off Crocodile Crossing
  • Behind-the-scenes tours upon request

Lubee Bat Conservancy, Gainesville, FL
Approximately 1 hour from Jacksonville

Lubee Bat Conservancy is an international non-profit organization dedicated to saving bats and their habitats through research, conservation, and education, with a focus on children and community engagement. Lubee places conservation and education as its two core institutional purposes. Local and global education programs connect children with nature, foster environmental stewardship, and inspire the next generation of conservation scientists to become leaders within their communities.  Lubee is an AZA Certified Related Facility.

Lubee Bat Conservancy is not open to the public, but will be open to Conference attendees for private tours ($10 each) on Thursday, March 29 and Friday, March 30, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Guests will have an opportunity to enter the bat enclosures, make/hang enrichment devices, and watch how the bats paint. If you have questions about the tour or visiting the facility, please contact Brian Pope.

Brevard Zoo, Melbourne, FL
Approximately 2.5 hours from Jacksonville

Brevard Zoo is hosting a Pre-Conference Tour on Saturday, March 24. Tickets can be purchased with your registration for $65 per person.

Come visit Brevard Zoo to see our unique mix of attractions, including kayaking and zip lining and unique educational and conservation facilities.  Our authentic Florida defines our guest experience.  You’ll feel like you are in the wilds while encountering animal in up close and intimate settings. Behind-the-scenes tours include: education campus, Treetop Trek Course, Animal Care Center and Sea Turtle Healing Center. All zoo attractions including kayaking are included in your tour.

Tour fee includes transportation, snacks, and lunch.
White Oak Conservation Center, Yulee, FL
Approximately 1 hour from Jacksonville

Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, Gainesville, FL
Approximately 1.5 hours from Jacksonville

Central Florida Zoo, Sanford, FL
Approximately 2 hours from Jacksonville





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