EDUCATION

Zoo Camps

Celebrating the Wild in Every Child!

The Brandywine Zoo's Camp program is designed to provide children the opportunity to spend time at the Zoo learning about animals, zoos, and wildlife conservation. This enriching and educational experience will be filled with Zoo visits, live animal presentations, crafts, games, stories, learning projects, and much more! More importantly each child will learn the importance of having fun in nature and making new friends!

Our camps are geared towards children who are eager to learn, follow directions, and want to have fun. Through our Camp program we are hoping to inspire the next generation of wildlife conservationists and stewards of our natural world.


Check out our 2015 Zoo Camp Guide
Note: this guide prints on 11x17 paper.





Camper Information
  • Children must be within the age/grade level listed at the beginning of the program date
  • Camp is geared toward children who are eager to learn, follow directions, and have fun
  • Campers bring their lunch and drink

Zoo Camp Handbook
All information regarding Spring Zoo Camps and Summer Zoo Camps can be found in the Zoo Camp Handbook, however, if you have any additional questions or concerns email us.









Cancellation Policy
There will be no refunds for those that cancel within 14 days of Holiday or Spring Camp dates. Those who wish to cancel their registration 15 days or more from the Holiday/Spring Camp dates may receive a Zoo Camp credit. Any Zoo Camp credits given must be used within 365 days or less of the cancellation date. No refunds for Summer Camps will be given after June 1.

Monday - Friday: starting Monday, June 15 and running through Friday, August 21.

Payment & Cancellation Policy: Payment is due in full at time of registration for Zoo Camp. A $25.00 processing fee will be charged for all cancellations up to April 30; 1/2 refund for cancellations after May 1; No refunds after June 1.

2015 ZOO CAMPS AT A GLANCE

Week
Mini-Camp
Ages 4 & 5
Full Day
Ages 6-9
Full Day
Wide Age Range
Full Day-Specialty
Ages 8-10
Full Day-Specialty
Ages 11-13
June 15-19 Creature Classes
SOLD OUT
   
June 22-26Sensory SafariStructures of Survival   
June 29-July 3  Dog Days of Summer
(Ages 5-13)
  
July 6-10Color Me WildWild Artists   
July 13-17 Rainforest Rangers
SOLD OUT
 Jr. Zoo Keeper
Basics
SOLD OUT
 
July 20-24 Animal Edibles  Jr. Zoo Keeper
Advanced
July 27-31 Creature Classes Jr. Zoo Keeper
Basics
SOLD OUT
 
August 3-7 Structures of Survival  Jr. Zoo Keeper
Advanced
August 10-14Animal Babies
SOLD OUT
Animal Edibles   
August 17-21  Tales of Tails
SOLD OUT
  

Mini Camps
Mini Camps are geared for campers ages 4-5 years old and are offered once per month (AM Session only) for summer 2015.
  • All campers must be completely toilet trained to attend. This means that campers must be able to use the restroom on their own, requiring no assistance. Our definition of toilet trained means that the child is able to manage his/her own clean-up and clothing by him/herself.
  • Camper will need to have a packed lunch if registered for Aftercare and will join other campers for a 12:00pm lunch.
Mini Day Camp Time: 9:00am - 11:30am
Drop-off: 8:15am - 8:59am
Pick-up: 11:30am - 12:00pm
Aftercare: Available from 12:00pm - 1:00pm Monday through Friday
Fee: One week of Mini Camp is $100/DZS Member; $120/non-member
Aftercare fee: $40/week or $20/day


Full Day Camps
Full Day Camps are offered from June 15 - August 21. Each week has a new theme, and ages range from 5-13, depending on the week.

Full Day Camp Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm
Drop-off: 8:15am - 8:59am
Pick-up: 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Aftercare: Aftercare is available from 4:00pm - 5:00pm Monday - Thursday, no aftercare available on Fridays.
Fee: $175/DZS Member or $200/non-member
Aftercare Fee: $40/week or $20/day, available Monday through Thursday only.


Specialty Camps: Junior Zoo Keeper Camps
Full Day Specialty Camps are offered four different weeks this summer, for two different age groups. Junior Zoo Keeper Basics is for ages 8-10 and Junior Zoo Keeper Advanced is for ages 11-13. Campers must be the minimum age by the start of camp to enroll in specialty camps.

Please note: In order to provide as many campers as possible with the opportunity to attend Junior Zoo Keeper Camp, campers registering for 2 weeks of JZK may be wait-listed for their second week. Please specify which of the two weeks is the camper's first choice when registering.

Full Day Specialty Camp Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm
Drop-off: 8:15am - 8:59am
Pick-up: 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Aftercare: Aftercare is available from 4:00pm - 5:00pm Monday - Thursday, no aftercare available on Fridays.
Fee: $275/DZS Member or $300/non-member
Aftercare Fee: $40/week or $20/day, available Monday through Thursday only.



Summer Camp Registration


To Register:
  1. DOWNLOAD the registration form for the appropriate camp.
  2. Complete the fillable form, print, sign and mail completed form to:
    The Brandywine Zoo, Attention: Zoo Camp
    1001 North Park Drive, Wilmington, DE 19802
    Fax: 302-577-7480


Zoo Camp Drop-Off and Pick-Up Route - Summer Camp Only!
The Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE 19802

Directions from North and South of Wilmington
  1. Take I-95 (North if coming from the South & South if coming from the North) to the exit for Route 202 South (Concord Pike).
  2. Go South on Rt. 202/Concord Ave.
  3. Turn RIGHT onto N. Broom St. (Kreston Liquors on right hand corner of first intersection)
  4. Follow several blocks to a "T" intersection with a traffic light
  5. Turn LEFT onto W. 18th St. (This is right past Salesianum High School)
  6. Turn RIGHT onto Franklin Drive (across from Franklin St.) There will be signs.
  7. Follow Franklin Drive through the park and around to the LEFT. If you stay left this will loop you around to the Brandywine Zoo's Education Parking lot. This is where you will need to drop off your camper in the morning. Here an education staff member will greet you and you will be able to drop-off your camper(s) right from your vehicle!
From Downtown Wilmington
  1. Take Delaware Ave. to Van Buren St.
  2. Cross the Van Buren St. Bridge. (cobblestone road)
  3. Follow Van Buren St. all the way up the hill to the intersection of 18th St.
  4. Turn LEFT onto 18th St.
  5. Drive past playground and turn LEFT onto Franklin Drive (across from Franklin St.)
  6. Follow Franklin Drive through the park and around to the LEFT. If you stay left this will loop you around to the Brandywine Zoo's Education Parking lot. This is where you will need to drop off your camper in the morning. Here an education staff member will greet you and you will be able to drop-off your camper(s) right from your vehicle!
Also, please note that the Education Parking lot will NOT be accessible by vehicle off of Van Buren Street (cobblestone road that separates the zoo) during the camp drop-off hours of 8:00am to 8:30am. If you are walking to the zoo, you may just walk with your camper to the Education parking lot for drop-off.

Public Transportation
Dart First State Bus Routes for the Brandywine Zoo: Routes 2, 11, 12, 21, & 35 Please visit www.dartfirststate.com for more information.



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