Zoo School

Let the Zoo teach for the day.

The Brandywine Zoo's Zoo School offers on site Zoo Classes or off site Traveling Zoo program that provide school-age children with experiences that are fun and exciting while informational and instructional. These programs include class time where students will meet some of our animals may have activities, lessons and meet an animal or two up close!

Our programs incorporate hands-on, inquiry-based learning opportunities which inspire investigation and stimulate minds. School programs incorporate multidisciplinary lessons, covering science, math, technology, language arts and creative arts.

Download our School Programs Brochure for all of our programs and for prices!

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Zoo School Program Guide
What program should I book for my group?
A field trip to the Zoo for a standards-based program? Have the Traveling Zoo come to you? Looking for something less structured?

Check out our Zoo School brochure for more detailed information and fees for all our programs or use the table below to help you guide your decision! This guide features Zoo Classes, tours, and outreach (Traveling Zoo).


We want...
Standard & STEM
Classes - School Year Only
Live Animal EncounterTour OnlyTraveling ZooSpecial Events for SchoolsGroup Admission
(no program) visit the zooZoo Classes 65 students/class. STEM 35/programGroups of
...the zoo to come to us   Storybook: up to 35 students per program Standard: up to 50 students per program Auditorium (select programs): up to 200 students per program 
...a program during the school year 
...a program during the summer (June-August)Limited availability in June for schools still in session  
...a program that meets curriculum standards informal program where we can meet live animals    
...just a tour of the zoo have a program for a large amount of students
Consecutive program times will need to be scheduled for groups over 65

Consecutive program times will need to be scheduled for groups over 65
Consecutive program times will need to be scheduled for groups over 50 or one or more assembly programs can accommodate 51-200 students per program. Please note, not all programs are available as an assembly.

Need help planning your program? Have a question about what to pick?
Visit our Program Planning & FAQ page to help you select the right program for your group.
To register for a program:
  • Step 1: Complete Registration Form and fax, email or mail in. Telephone registrations are not accepted.
  • Step 2: Someone from the Education Department will check program and staff availability and get back to you within two weeks of your registration. If you do not hear back after this time, please email us.
  • Step 3: You will receive a contract with your program date (based on availability) within two weeks of your program registration submission. Please email the Education Department ( if you have not received a confirmation.
  • Step 4: Submit your 50% deposit for your visit to the Brandywine Zoo via the link in your contract or by mailing to the below address with a copy of your contract. Zoo School reservations are not considered complete until we receive your 50% deposit for your program. *Note that a 15 person or $100 minimum is required for all on-site programs.*

The Brandywine Zoo provides WILD Scholarships for Zoo School education programs, including Traveling Zoo and Zoo Classes.

Find out more or apply today.

Summer Tours & Programs
Group Visits are offered year-round, but are the only on-site programs we offer during the summer (June-August). You have three options to choose from for camps, schools and other groups to visit the zoo between 10am - 4pm.

Please visit the Group Visits page for more information or to download a registration form.

Homeschool Programs
Homeschoolers, join us for one of our fun family programs that take place throughout the year! We host a variety of other events as well; visit our calendar of events to see the dates and times of all our fun events.

Self-Guided Tours
You are invited to visit the Zoo with your group or on your own. If you have special activities for your students or want to introduce the Zoo in a more informal way, this is the format for you. Call ahead for group rates and visitation information.

If you're interested in simply visiting the zoo with your group, please call 302-571-7850 ext. 214 or email for booking group admission rates.

Design Your Own Program
Don't see a program that suites your needs? Please call the Zoo's Education Department at 302-571-7850 ext. 207 and let us help you design your own program.

Classroom ADOPT
Participation in our ADOPT* program gives students the opportunity to learn more about wildlife while creating a personal bond with the Brandywine Zoo and its inhabitants.

By making a class donation of $100 or more, your students will support our education and conservation goals both here at the Brandywine Zoo, as well as around the globe. It's fun, educational and rewarding.

Find out more today.

  • Visit our Teacher Resources or our Teacher Frequently Asked Questions page
  • Email us at
  • Call the Education Department at 302-571-7850 ext. 207

    Please include in your message:
       - Email Address
       - Date and Times
       - Program Choice
       - Group size, including number of classes, number of students and adults, and age/grade of students.
       - Contact information, including email address
       - Please advise us of students with special needs when you register.

  • Questions about outreach programs or scheduling a zoo visit to your site? Please visit the Traveling Zoo page.

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