A roseate spoonbill in the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo walk-through aviary.

Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo Hosts “Quiet Time” for Children on Autism Spectrum

A young tree kangaroo and mother photographed at the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

September 16, 2019 –

The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo is becoming a sensory-inclusive certified zoo, and will hold a special event for children on the autism spectrum Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 – 11 a.m. Quiet Time at the Zoo will include interactive sensory stations and quiet zones, animal encounters, keeper talks, training demonstrations and community resources for individuals on the autism spectrum. Domino’s Pizza will also have pizza and drinks available for purchase. The SF Teaching Zoo will provide noise-dampening headphones, comfort kits, and zookeepers trained by staff at the University of Florida Center for Autism and Related Disabilities to support the needs of attendees.

To learn more about what you can expect during your visit, download the Zoo Social Story from the SF Teaching Zoo’s webpage prior to this event.

Quiet Time at the Zoo is presented by the new UF Health Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment and the UF Center for Autism and Related Disorders, and sponsored by Kids Only Dental Place, Grins and Giggles Pediatric Dentistry, and Family Focus Eye Care.

For additional information about Quiet Time at the Zoo, call the SF Teaching Zoo at 352-395-5633.