Seeking an educational zoo adventure for the whole family? Look no further than the Brandywine Zoo's new line of family programs!

We're broadening our educational programs to reach families with children of all ages! This winter and spring, we are continuing our Baby & Me and Zoo Kids (toddlers & PreK) programs for the little nestlings. For the older fledglings, we are pleased to introduce a new series of family workshops and art programs for families or homeschool groups alike.

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Family programs include:
Click here for our events calendar to see upcoming programs.

For more information about these or other education programs, please call (302) 571-7850 ext. 209 or email DNREC_Parks_ZooPrograms@state.de.us.

Due to material and space limitations, pre-registration may be required for some of our family programs, except Baby and Me and Zoo Kids (registration strongly suggested). To register for one or more programs, please call (302) 571-7788 ext. 200.


Ages 18 months - 6 years
Learn with us through age-appropriate games, crafts, stories, activities, and live animal presentations, toddlers, preschoolers, and their grown up can learn and play together! Check our calendar of events for upcoming programs. New themes each week, held in the Education Building. Pre-registration strongly suggested as space is limited. Walk-ins welcome if space is available. Click here to register. Fee includes zoo admission.

Zoo Members: $6/child, 1 adult free | Non-Members: $12/child, 1 adult free.
Additional children or adult participants are $7/person.

Register for 13 classes and save 10%!
Zoo Members: $70 (1 child/1 adult) | Non-Members: $140 (1 child/1 adult)



Mini Mountains Strong Walkers
3 years old
Wednesdays, September 10 - November 5 (Classes held in the Education Building)

Spend the morning with your Mini Mountain in this fun animal yoga class. Buzz like bees, roar like a lion and hiss in cobra pose. Sing songs and play games while helping them with coordination and body awareness. This class explores the wonderful world of animals and strengthen kids’ growing muscles. One parent or caregiver required per child. A minimum of four participants is required to hold these programs.

Zoo Members 8-class package: $80, Drop-in rate $12/class | Non-Members 8-class package: $105, Drop-in rate $14/class
Class Specifics: One (1) adult per child is required on the mat. Fee includes zoo admission, but not all classes may include a zoo visit.

Fall 2014 Dates:
  • Wednesday, September 10, 9:30-10:15am
  • Wednesday, September 17, 9:30-10:15am
  • Wednesday, September 24, 9:30-10:15am
  • Wednesday, October 1, 9:30-10:15am
  • Wednesday, October 8, 9:30-10:15am
  • Wednesday, October 15, 9:30-10:15am
  • Wednesday, October 22, 9:30-10:15am
  • Wednesday, October 29, 9:30-10:15am
  • Wednesday, November 5, 9:30-10:15am
OM’ing Otters
Ages 4-7 years old
Weekly Saturdays or Sundays, September - November (Classes held in the Education Building)

Come get bendy, during our OM'ing Otters animal yoga class. Learn to challenge your body during this energy releasing yoga class. Go upside down, play games, dance and take yoga adventures to African savannas, Amazon rainforest and Bug Land. Learn what the two toed sloth’s favorite snack is or how a bobcat hunts all while doing the animals’ yoga poses. This class concentrates on more advanced yoga poses animal education. One parent or caregiver welcome per child. A minimum of four participants is required to hold these programs.

Zoo Members 8-class package: $80, Drop-in rate $12/class | Non-Members 8-class package: $105, Drop-in rate $14/class
Class Specifics: Adults not required during this class but are welcomed; fee includes one adult per child. Fee includes zoo admission, but not all classes may include a zoo visit.

Fall 2014 Dates:
  • Saturday, September 13, 9:15-10:15am
  • Saturday, September 20, 9:15-10:15am
  • Saturday, September 27, 9:15-10:15am
  • Saturday, October 4, 9:15-10:15am
  • Saturday, October 11, 9:15-10:15am
  • Sunday, October 19, 9:15-10:15am
  • Saturday, October 25, 9:15-10:15am
  • Off Week
  • Sunday, November 9, 9:15-10:15am
  • Sunday, November 16, 9:15-10:15am

Our new family workshops are available to families with kids 6 and up who want to learn together! Visit one of these programs as a family or homeschool group for special programs geared toward multigenerational learning! Minors must be attended by a paid adult. See calendar of events for details, including required materials and fees, and upcoming classes.

Animal Enrichment Workshops
What is 'enrichment,' and why is it so important to animals at the zoo? Boxes, bags, scents, spices...all these and more are used to intrigue and entertain our exotic animals. Discover what our zoo keepers do to enrich the lives of our animals and help to make enrichment for animals right here at the zoo!

Animal Encounters Workshops
Have you always wanted to get up close and personal with some animals here at the zoo? Now's your chance! In this program, you'll meet some of our very own animal ambassadors. Discover what they eat, how we care for them, and even get a peek behind the scenes.

Specialty Workshops
Check out our calendar of events for specialty family workshops themed for holidays and other fun topics!


Science & Career Workshops
Ages 8 and up
Adults are not required to attend this program, but paid adults are welcome to join us. NOTE: Science & Career Workshops require Min 10/Max 30 program participants.

Brandywine Zoo offers a variety of career-focused workshops for pre-teens and teens interested in working with animals. Join us at an upcoming workshop focusing on one of the following topics:

Studying Animals
Saturday, October 11, 10-11:30am
What's it take to study animals in the wild? How do we know what they do? Find out how researchers use camera traps, hair snares, radio tracking devices, photographs and even drones to monitor wildlife.

Animal Husbandry
Saturday, November 22, 1:30pm - 3pm
How do we care for our animals here at the zoo? We'll discuss everything from nutrition to vet care in this overview of exotic animal husbandry.

Enrichment
Saturday, January 17, 2015, 10am - 11:30am
What is 'enrichment' and why is it so important to animals at the zoo? Discover what our keepers do to enrich the lives of our animals to keep them healthy and happy.

Exhibit Design
Saturday, February 21, 2015, 1:30pm - 3pm
What does an animals' natural history have to do with how we design exhibits? Everything! During this workshop, we'll look at what it takes to design great exhibits for animals in zoos.

Animal Behavior Studies
Saturday, March 18, 2015, 9:30am - 11am
Become an animal behaviorist for the day and put your observation skills to the test. Learn how zoologists study animals and complete a study of your own.

Animal Health and Veterinary Care
Saturday, April 18, 1:30-3
It takes a lot to take care of exotic animals. Their health at the zoo is a primary issue as animals age, have young, or develop special conditions. Find out what it means to practice veterinary care in an exotic setting?

Zoo Members: $8/student | Non-Members: $10/student
Register for 4 or more sessions at the same time and receive a $5 discount.

To Register: Email DNREC_Parks_ZooPrograms@state.de.us.


Capture the beauty and charm of our exotic zoo animals by learning how to create unique zoo art. From beginners to more experienced artists, everyone can enjoy these classes taught by local artists and educators. Learn about special tips and techniques and then practice your skills with our zoo animals as your muse! These programs are great for adults and kids alike! Minors must be attended by a paid adult.
  • Drawing and Sketching
  • Photography
  • Watercolor
  • And more...
See calendar of events for details, including required materials and fees, and upcoming classes.


Held at various times throughout the year, from Spring Opening to Breakfast with Santa, we have a variety of upcoming programs! Download the Delaware State Parks seasonal guide or visit our calendar of events to check out upcoming programs.


Bring your homeschool group to the Brandywine Zoo for one of our many family programs and workshops listed above. We additionally have special events for school groups throughout the school year, as well as Discovery Tours (groups of 15 or more) and Traveling Zoos available (we unfortunately do not visit private residences with our outreach programs).

Special Events for Schools
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! For an additional $2/person, school groups can sign up for a live animal encounter and lesson in the education building.

Email us for 2015 school special event dates!




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