EDUCATION

School Programs & Tours

Learn how animals survive, what makes each one distinct, how they behave and more.

DISCOVERY TOUR FEES
OCTOBER - APRIL (OFF-PEAK)

Classroom Only: $6/person
One free teacher per class

Tour Only: $6/person
One free teacher per class

Standard Program: $7/person
One free teacher per class

STEM Program: $8/person
One free teacher per class
MAY - SEPTEMBER (PEAK)

Classroom Only: $7/person
One free teacher per class

Tour Only: $7/person
One free teacher per class

Standard Program: $8/person
One free teacher per class

STEM Program: $9/person
One free teacher per class
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 indoor class time and outdoor lessons in the zoo.

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.

Check out our program guide for new STEM programs for 2014-15!


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EdZOOcation Program Guide
DOWNLOAD our EdZOOcation program guide for teachers to find out more about our school programs. This guide features tours, outreach (Traveling Zoo) and student workshops.

Need help planning your program? Visit our Program Planning & FAQ page to help you select the right program for your group.

Prepare for your trip!
DOWNLOAD our Zoo Preview to help get your students ready for their trip to the zoo! This preview goes over our rules, layout, and animals you'll see during your visit!

Registration
To register for a program:
  • Step 1: Complete Tour/Traveling Zoo Registration Form or a Group Visit Registration Form
  • Step 2: Program registrations can be faxed (302-577-7480), mailed (Education Department of the Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington, DE 19802), or emailed (Education@BrandywineZoo.org) to the Education Department.
  • Step 3: 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 4: You will receive a contract with your program date (based on availability) within two weeks of your program registration submission. Please call the Education Department (302-571-7850 *209) if you have not received a confirmation.
  • Step 5: Discovery Tours & Group Visits - Submit your 50% deposit for your program to the Brandywine Zoo at the above address with a copy of your contract. Note that Discovery Tour and Group Visit reservations are not considered complete until we receive your 50% deposit for your program. Traveling Zoo - payment is due in advance of your program. *Note that a 15 person or $100 minimum is required for all on-site Discovery Tours, and a 15 person, $50 minimum for Group Visits.*
Questions?
  • Visit our Teacher Resources or our Teacher Frequently Asked Questions page
  • Email us at Education@BrandywineZoo.org
  • Call the Education Department at 302-571-7850:
       - Traveling Zoo Line: 302-571-7850 x209
       - Discovery Program Line: 302-571-7850 x208

    Please include in your message:
       - 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.

Scholarships
The Brandywine Zoo provides WILD Scholarships for school group education programs, including Traveling Zoo and Discovery Tour lessons.

50% Scholarships are available for Title 1 Schools and preschools that serve low income students (such as Head Start) in Delaware.

DOWNLOAD a scholarship application for more details on applying.


Special Events for School Groups
Ages 3 and up, families, schools, homeschools and more!
Brandywine Zoo hosts several special events that are geared toward school groups and families of all ages. Fee: Free with paid admission! Fee: Free with paid admission! $1/extra per person for live animal encounters, which must be pre-booked, as time slots fill quickly. School Groups MUST register with the Education Department for access to all event activities.

School events offered in Spring 2015 are:
Earth Day for Schools
Friday, April 24, 2015 10:00am - 12:30pm
Rain/Overflow Date: Monday, April 27, 2015 10:00am - 12:30pm

Endangered Species Day
Friday, May 15, 2015 10:00am - 12:30pm
Rain/Overflow Date: Monday, May 18, 2015 10:00am - 12:30pm

DOWNLOAD the School Events Registration Form to register your group today.

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Summer Tours and 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:
  1. 30 Minute Zoo Tour: Groups of 15+ can schedule a 30 minute tour of the zoo. Take a guided tour through the zoo with an educator or zoo docent who will share cool facts, stories and information about our animals during your visit. Price is per person, and includes group admission. Please note there is a $50 minimum for booking a guided tour.
  2. Live animal meet & greet: Groups of 15+ can schedule a live animal meet for their trip the zoo. This will include meeting 3 of our zoo program animals up close. Program delivered by a zoo educator or volunteer. Price is per person, and includes group admission. Please note there is a $50 minimum for booking a meet and greet.
  3. Tour + Live Animal Meet & Greet: Groups of 15+ can schedule a 30 minute tour of the zoo as well as a live animal meet and greet. Meet 3 program animals up close and take a guided tour through the zoo with an educator or zoo docent who will share cool facts, stories and information about our animals during your visit. Price is per person, and includes group admission. Please note there is a $50 minimum for booking a guided tour
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 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. 209 and let us help you design your own program.


Where can I find out more information?
Visit our Teacher Resources page

Contact Jacque Williamson, our Curator of Education, with questions or to book a program by email or call 302-571-7850 x 208.



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