EDUCATION

Zoo Camps

Celebrate 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!

Our camps are geared towards children who are eager to learn, follow directions, and want to have fun. More importantly, each child will learn the importance of having fun in nature and making new friends!

The Brandywine Zoo offers the following Camps:
Through our Camp programs, we hope to inspire the next generation of wildlife conservationists and stewards of our natural world.

Camper Information
Zoo Camp Handbook
Download our Zoo Camp Handbook for answers to all of your questions!

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
Payment is due in full at time of registration for Zoo Camp. Please see the Cancellation Policy section of the handbook for full details on this policy.


Looking for Holiday or School Break Camps? Look no further!
Join us at the Brandywine Zoo during your day off from school! Our special holiday camps offer exciting learning opportunities, tours through the zoo, crafts, games, and much more! Each holiday camp will focus on an interesting animal related topic as the group explores the zoo and participate in fun activities. Don't delay, sign up today!

Ages: 5 - 13
Drop-off: 8:30am - 9am
Pick-up: 3:30pm - 4pm
After Care: 4pm - 5pm Monday - Thursday

Monday, February 20, 9am - 3:30pm
Winter Day Camp (President's Day)

Learn about what animals do in winter, from hibernation to migration! Campers must come dressed for the weather and bring a bag lunch and water bottle. Snack will be provided. Pre-registration required. Deadline is February 16.

Members: $45/camper | Non-Members: $55/camper | After care fee: $15/camper


If you wish to register for a Holiday Camp but would rather pay by check CLICK HERE.


April 17 - 21, 9am - 3:30pm

Come enjoy a WILD spring break at the Brandywine Zoo! Each day of the week will have its own zoo related theme. The week will be filled with zoo visits, live animal presentations, games, crafts, songs, learning projects and more.

WEEKLY FEE: Members: $180/camper | Non-Members: $210/camper | Aftercare fee: $60/camper

DAILY FEE: Members: $45/camper | Non-Members: $55/camper | Aftercare fee: $15/camper


If you wish to register for the Spring Break Camp but would rather pay by check CLICK HERE.

If you wish to register for individual days of aftercare for spring break camp, rather than the whole week, and/or for individual days of spring break camp please CLICK HERE for a registration packet (you will need to pay by check).


Join us for a WILD Summer in our full day, week-long camps! Don't need a whole week? Select weeks area available at daily rates.

Mini Camps (Ages 4 & 5)
Send your 4 or 5 year old to half-day mini camp!

  • Camper must be able to use the
        restroom on their own, requiring no
        assistance.
  • Camper will need to have a packed
        lunch if registered for Aftercare.

    Camp Time: 9am - 11:30am
    Drop-off: 8:30am - 8:59am
    Pick-up: 11:30am - 12pm
    Aftercare: Available from 12pm - 1pm Monday through Friday. Campers will need to have a packed lunch and will join other campers for a 12pm lunch.
    Aftercare Fee: $50/week or $15/day

    EARLY BIRD RATES THRU MARCH 31:
    Members: $100/camper
    Non-Members: $120/camper

    REGULAR FEE BEGINS APRIL 1:
    Member Fee: $110/camper
    Non-Member Fee: $130/camper
  • Full Day Camps are offered from June 12 through August 18. Each week has a different theme, and ages range from 5-14, depending on the week.

    Camp Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm
    Drop-off: 8:30am - 8:59am
    Pick-up: 3:30pm - 4pm
    Aftercare: Available from 4pm - 5pm Monday - Thursday.
    Aftercare Fee: $50/week or $15/day

    EARLY BIRD RATES THRU MARCH 31:
    Members: $180/camper
    Non-Members: $210/camper

    REGULAR FEE BEGINS APRIL 1:
    Member Fee: $205/camper
    Non-Member Fee: $235/camper

    DAILY FEE:
    Members:$45/camper
    Non-Members: $55/per camper

    Full Day Specialty Camps are offered for two different age groups. Junior Zoo Keeper Basics for ages 8-10 and Junior Zoo Keeper Advanced and Wild Animal Careers for ages 11-14.

    Camp Time: 9am - 3:30pm
    Drop-off: 8:30am - 8:59am
    Pick-up: 3:30pm - 4pm
    Aftercare: Available from 4pm - 5pm Monday - Thursday.
    Aftercare Fee: $50/week or $15/day

    EARLY BIRD RATES THRU MARCH 31:
    Members: $280/camper
    Non-Members: $310/camper

    REGULAR FEE BEGINS APRIL 1:
    Members: $305/camper
    Non-Members: $335/camper

    DAILY FEE:
    Members:$45/camper
    Non-Members: $55/camper

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

    2017 ZOO CAMPS AT A GLANCE

    Week
    Mini Day Camp
    Ages 4-5
    Full Day Camp
    Ages 6-10
    Specialty Camp
    Ages 8-10
    Specialty Camp
    Ages 11-14
    Specialty Camp
    Ages 14-17
    Daily Session Camps
    Ages 5-10
    June 12-16 Creature Classes    
    June 19-23 Fantastic Beasts and How to Care for Them  Animal Handling 101 
    June 26-30Sensory SafariContinental Creatures    
    July 3-7  Jr. Zoo Keepers Basics (A)  We Like to
    Move It!
    July 10-14 Animal Transformers Jr. Zoo Keeper
    Advanced (A)
      
    July 17-21Animal Babies Jr. Zoo Keepers Basics (B)   
    July 24-28 Food Chains, Poo, and Bugs Too! Jr. Zoo Keepers Advanced (B)  
    July 31-August 4 Rainforest RangersJr. Zoo Keepers Basics (C)   
    August 7-11 Guardians of the Globe Wild Animal Careers  
    August 14-18Color Me Wild!    Tales of Tails
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    If you wish to register for the Summer Camp but would rather pay by check CLICK HERE.

    If you wish to register for individual days of aftercare for any camp, rather than the whole week, and/or for individual days for the weeks of July 3-7 (We Like to Move It!), August 14-18 (Tales of Tails), please CLICK HERE for a registration packet (you will need to pay by check).


    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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