Brevard Zoo is offering a unique experience for guests to test their skills and see if they have what it takes to survive in the wilds of Florida. Survival Weekend, presented by Space Coast Health Foundation, is February 14 through 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will venture off the boardwalk in Wild Florida and into the wilderness to face a series of survival challenges. Survival Weekend is included with Zoo admission.

Brevard Zoo's TreeTop Trek photo credit: Brevard Zoo

The game begins inside a tent where guests are greeted by a guide and briefed on the ground rules. Considering the essentials for survival water, food, shelter and navigation each group will be presented with an array of survival items to choose from and can only pick three. These items range from a machete and poncho to dental floss and dryer lint. As the group or family moves from station to station, the three items come into play in helping determine if the items chosen will aid or hinder their ability to survive in the Florida wilderness.

At the end of this adventure, guests will be able to assess how successful they were with the three survival items. Partners working in conjunction with the Zoo during Survival Weekend include Boy Scouts of America Central Florida Council, Girl Scouts of the USA Citrus Council and Brevard County's Master Gardener Program.

Brevard Zoo is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last admission is at 4:15 p.m. Treetop Trek is open daily at 9 a.m. The last admission is 3 p.m. for the Treetop Challenge Course and 3:30 p.m. for the Canopy Walk and Chutes and Ladders courses. Parking is always free. Twenty-five cents of every admission to Brevard Zoo supports the Zoos conservation projects through Quarters for Conservation. Group discounts and adventure packaging are available. Brevard Zoo and Treetop Trek are a half-mile east of I-95 at exit 191 on Wickham Road in Melbourne 25 minutes from the Melbourne International Airport and 45 minutes from the Orlando International Airport. For more information, please call (321) 254-WILD.