Zoo School

Contact Education

Christy Taylor
Early Childhood Education Manager

P | (813) 933-8087
E | Christy.Taylor@ZooTampa.org


The Florida Environmental Education Center or "Zoo School" offers exciting educational experiences for everyone. From tots and teens to schools and organizations, we are dedicated to offering fun, innovative, imaginative and investigative learning programs for all ages.

Zoo School is a unique learning experience for children ages 2 through Pre-K to discover wildlife in a safe environment. There are limited spaces and Zoo School fills up fast, so please don’t delay - show your interest today by joining our interest list.

Childcare License: C TA 430588

Our Mission

At Zoo School, we aim to provide a safe, clean, pleasant and caring environment for each child. Students may develop their physical, social, emotional and intellectual potential at their own pace, while fostering a respect for wildlife and wild places through unique Zoo interactions.

What to Expect:

If you place your child on the interest list, here's what to expect going forward:

  • Parents of prospective students are typically on the interest list for an average of 18-24 months.
  • We will refer to the interest list and contact interested families when space becomes available. Once you have added your name to the interest list, there is no need to re-submit your information as the interest list carries over from year to year.
  • Group tours are scheduled throughout the year. We will email families on the interest list as updated group tour dates are determined.
  • In order to limit distractions in the classroom as students are learning, individual tours cannot be accommodated until a slot that fits your family’s interest becomes available.

Monthly Tuition Prices:

8:00 AM to 2:30 PM 5 Day
3 Day
(Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
2 Day
(Tuesday, Thursday)
Preschool (4 years old) $1024/Month --
Early Childhood Education
(2-3 years classroom)
$1024/Month $710/Month $573/Month


Tampa resident and Lowry Park Zoological Society of Tampa board member Patricia C. Sullivan, a former school teacher, provided a $1 million leadership gift for the construction of Zoo School.

Additionally, the Frank E. Duckwall Foundation provided a $500,000 grant and is the namesake of the Lecture Hall.

In 2008, construction was completed on an annex that provides additional classrooms for expanding youth/teen programs and office space. The new annex was made possible by Patricia C. Sullivan, the Thomas Family, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and U.S. Senator Mel Martinez.