Get ready to walk on the wild side! HEAL answers all of your questions about this year's Zoo Walk.
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2017 Zoo Walk - April 30 at 8:00

HEAL Awarding $2,500 in Grants to Top Zoo Walk Fundraisers

Lining up to start the Zoo Walk
Starting line at the HEAL Zoo Walk
BIG ZOO MONEY for schools and organizations! Top fundraisers may designate grants to their favorite school or Autism organization. A total of $2,500 will be in the purse for the top 4 teams:
  • 1st place: $1,000
  • 2nd place: $750
  • 3rd place: $500
  • 4th place: $250

iPads will be given to the top 3 school teams who raise the most funds.
  • 1st Place: 3 iPads
  • 2nd Place: 2 iPads
  • 3rd Place: 1 iPad
Register Now & Form Your Team!

Bubble Goo After Party with Nick Loren & Farful Foo Long

Following the Walk, a "Bubble-Goo Party with Nick" will take place on the Great Lawn. Emmy-nominated host and John Travolta's long-time stunt double, Nick Loren, will host the party, which will feature music, bounce houses, face painting and BILLIONS of BUBBLES!

Special guest Farful Foolong will join Nick with an interactive live show performance of his children's book series, "Farful Foolong of Oolong Panshoo."

HEAL Answers Your Zoo Walk Questions

“I usually am hesitant to bring my boys to public places like the Zoo, however we all ended up having a blast! We got up close and personal with some of the Jacksonville Jaguars, meeting and interacting with families, and spending the day at the Zoo. Our entire family is looking forward to this year's Zoo Walk.”

—Sheila, mother of two with Autism

The HEAL Foundation is excited about the upcoming HEAL Zoo Walk for Autism on Sunday, April 30 at 8:00 a.m. This walk raises funds to assist individuals and families with Autism in our local area, while bringing families and our Autism community together on one day for a special purpose. Below are some tips and pointers to help make the HEAL Zoo Walk accessible and fun.

Register in Advance

To register for the HEAL Zoo Walk and form a team, please visit our website. This fun family event and walk is accessible for all ages. The Zoo allows us to get a head start, before the doors open to the public. This makes the HEAL Walk a great opportunity to see the Zoo in a safe, understanding setting.

Children 12 and Under Free

The HEAL Zoo Walk makes it affordable for a family of four to spend the entire day at the Jacksonville Zoo! Register for the Zoo Walk and admission to the Zoo is FREE for children 12 and under, compliments of the Zoo. Only $15 per person for ages 13 and up.

Creating or Updating Your Firstgiving Fundraising Page

To make your team page to raise funds, simply visit our website and follow the easy steps to start your team page. If you have any problems Firstgiving registration, contact

Donate to a Team or to HEAL

If you are unable to attend the HEAL Zoo Walk, but would like to make a donation to a specific team or to HEAL, search for a team online at the link below.
Donate Online

Zoo Walk Route

Zoo Map
The Zoo Walk route is fun and enjoyable with exotic animals along the way. We took into account the many families who have a member with Autism. The route is less than a mile long, which meanders alongside the animals on a shaded pathway. This is not a race, so everyone is encouraged to walk at their own pace. There is shade, benches, water fountains and bathrooms along the way for breaks if needed.
If you would like to preview the route, view this full-size map. We start at “Main Camp,” loop through “Africa,” follow the wide pathway through the gardens and animals and end up at the “Great Lawn.”

FREE Train Rides at the Zoo — Compliments of PGA TOUR
FREE Carousel Rides — Compliments of the Delaney Family

When you check in, tickets will be offered for free train rides. Explore the Zoo the easy way, aboard the exciting Zoo Train. Your train ticket takes you around the entire Zoo. It stops at the Kids’ Shop and at Main Camp where you may disembark and explore at your own pace. A great and fun way to see the zoo animals is on the train.

Enjoy complimentary carousel rides. The carousel is located across from the great lawn.

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