Explore the wonders of the wild. Learn how animals survive, what makes each one distinct, how they behave and more.
The Brandywine Zoo's Discovery Tours are educational programs that provide school-age children with experiences that are fun and exciting while informational and instructional. These programs include a brief introduction to the topic and a guided tour of the Zoo, complete with hands-on learning activities.
PRE-K AND KINDERGARTEN FEES|
|APRIL - AUGUST
||SEPTEMBER - MARCH|
|$150.00, 1-25 people
||$125.00, 1-25 people|
|$300.00, 26-50 people
||$250.00, 26-50 people|
|$450.00, 51-75 people
||$400.00, 51-75 people|
|$600.00, 76-100 people
||$550.00, 76-100 people|
GRADES 1 - 12 FEES|
APRIL - AUGUST
SEPTEMBER - MARCH
$175.00, 1-25 people
$150.00, 1-25 people
$350.00, 26-50 people
$300.00, 26-50 people
$525.00, 51-75 people
$475.00, 51-75 people
$700.00, 76-100 people
$650.00, 76-100 people
Programs are designed to meet State Standards. They run throughout the school year, as well as the summer. The programs are approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours long, and have a 15 person minimum enrollment requirement. Reservations must be made in advance.
See information below to get a taste of the types of programs offered. Then get your group together, select a topic and call to schedule. To book your tour, please call, (302) 571-7850 Ext. 208 or email DNREC_Parks_ZooPrograms@state.de.us for a Registration Form.
Take a look at the range of onsite activity programs for groups of all ages at Discovery Tours.
Pre-K - K
Where do animals belong? On a farm? In our house? In the wild? Find out in this fun-filled program. Standards: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C, LS1.D, LS2.A, LS2.B
Pre-K - 2
Different animals use their senses in different ways to see, hear, smell, taste, and touch the environment around them. Standards: LS1.A, LS1.D, LS2.A
Pre-K - 2
ARE YOU MY MOTHER?
Begin your tour with the story "Are You My Mother?" (by P.D. Eastman) then the group will tour the zoo and discover animal babies, and discuss the changes they go through to become adults. Standards: LS1.B, LS3.A
This program ties in with the 'Organisms' unit. Students will discover: The five things all animals need to survive, help construct a food chain (complete with live wild animal), and utilize the zoo as an innovative and creative way to learn other concepts, skills, and attitudes. Standards: LS1.C, LS2.A, LS2.B, LS4.C
Stomp back to the days of the dinosaur at the Brandywine Zoo! The group will learn some fun and interesting things about dinosaurs, check out some amazing prehistoric biofacts, and then meet some real live dinosaur relatives! Standards: LS2.A, LS2.C, LS4.A, LS4.C
Discover several wild and fantastic animals and their adaptations that inspired famous Super Heroes! The group will focus on the amazing "super-human" abilities some animals have! Standards: LS1.A
Students will learn about different animal adaptations that help them survive in their environment. Camouflage, fur patterns, and other tools for survival will be discussed in this program. Standards: LS1.A, LS1.C, LS1.D, LS4.C
TROPICAL RAINFOREST TREK
Discover the plants, animals, and people who live in the Tropical Rainforest. Learn how important the rainforest is to you and what you can do to save this beautiful habitat. Standards: LS2.A, LS2.C
Explore what is inside humans and animals. Compare and contrast human and animal skeletal structures through animal observations, lively discussion and fun activities that will enrich students' understanding of human and animal skeletal structures. Standards: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C, LS1.D, LS2.A, LS3.B
STRUCTURES OF LIFE
Students will explore how animals are adapted to live in their habitat and discover the importance of biodiversity and conservation of each organism. Standards: LS1.A, LS1.C, LS1.D, LS2.A, LS4.B
Animals need your help! Meet some animals who are in danger of becoming extinct and learn what zoos are doing to help save them and their habitats. Students will discuss difficult issues and be motivated to take action to help endangered animals. Standards: LS1.B, LS2.A, LS2.C, LS4.A, LS4.D
BIOME, SWEET BIOME
Discover how every living thing has a special way to survive in different biomes, the animals that live there, and the special adaptations that help them to survive. Standards: LS2.C, LS4.C
Become an animal behavior scientist for a day! Learn the basics of animal behavior and make observations to uncover the secret language of the wild. Students will complete their own observation field book while at the Zoo. Standards: LS2.D
Explore the diverse world of the Animal Kingdom. Find out the differences between the five classes of vertebrates and how they fit into their ecosystems. Standards: LS2.A, LS2.C
All living things make up this great place called earth! Find out more about its animal inhabitants and discover how ALL living things are needed to make our planet function as it should. A scavenger hunt and topic-related activities are part of the outdoor tour! Standards: LS2.C, LS4.D
ZOO TO DO'S
Enter the fascinating Zoo world! Learn about why zoos exist and the many different jobs found within. Find out how the Brandywine Zoo takes care of their animal's special needs. Standards: LS4.B
You are invited to visit the Zoo with your group 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.
Contract Programs for large groups or schools (including grade level appropriate Discovery Tour and Traveling Zoo) are available for a reduced rate.
Please call or email the Curator of Education for more information or to set up a Contract Program at (302) 571-7850 Ext. 208 or DNREC_Parks_ZooPrograms@state.de.us.