Calling all young readers! Join us for a Wild Reading Safari at the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens on Saturday, March 1! Fun for the whole family! Buy tickets online or call ECS at 726-1500.
From 10 a.m. to noon, you can visit one of two stages where local celebrities will read some of their favorite children's books. Students from The Performers Academy and area schools will entertain the crowd with drama, music, and dance! From noon - 1 p.m., you'll enjoy lunch and arts & crafts in Shaba Terrace!
Celebrity readers include Duval County Schoool Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, Joy Purdy from Channel 4, Philanthropist and Chairman of the state Board of Education Gary Chartrand, Teacher of the Year Apryl Shackelford, St. Mark's teacher and founder of Angels for Allison Drew Haramis, ECS CEO Connie Stophel; philanthropist and children's advocates Joannie Newton, Helen Lane and Muffet Corse, Casey Black Degratis from First Coast Living, NFL Quarterback David Garrard, Dr. Annmarie Kent-Willette, Betsy Lovett, school board members Paula Wright and Ashley Smith Juarez, Dr. Laura Bailet, and Deborah Gianoulis!
Tickets are $25 for adults/teens and $15 for children ages 2-12. Purchase a family pack of five tickets for $100. Children under age 2 are free. The ticket price includes the price of Zoo admission and lunch. Come dressed as your favorite storybook character to receive a FREE book (limit one per family).
Can't make it to the event? Please consider a donation! All contributions to ECS are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.