Family Programs & Youth Workshops
Seeking an educational adventure for the whole family? Look no further than the Brandywine Zoo!
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We're broadening our educational programs to reach families with children of all ages!
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For more information about these or other education programs, please call 302-571-7850 ext. 209 or email Education@BrandywineZoo.org.
Due to material and space limitations, pre-registration may be required for some of our family programs. To register for one or more programs, please call 302-571-7788 ext. 209 or CLICK HERE to fill out the online registration form.
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.
Join us for one of our fun, upcoming family-friendly programs! All family programs are held in the Education Building, across the street from the main entrance of the zoo, unless otherwise noted. For more information, email us at Education@BrandywineZoo.org
Career and Animal Science Workshops
Ages: Pre-teens and Teens
Join us for these special workshops geared toward teens and preteens interested in learning about and/or working with animals!
Time: 10:30am - 12 noon
Location: Classes begin at the Education Building
Zoo Members: $8/person | Non-Member: $10/person
Ages 18 months - 6 years
|Saturday, January 16
Animal Health and Veterinary Care
It takes a lot to 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?
Saturday, February 20
Wildlife Rehabilitation with Tri-State Bird Rescue
Wildlife rehabilitators help nurse injured or sick animals back to health with the ultimate goal of releasing them back into the wild. Locally and nationally acclaimed Tri State Bird Rescue and Rehabilitation will discuss working with injured and oiled birds and wildlife.
Saturday, March 19
Training is an important part of working with animals. Learn about the basic principles of operant conditioning training and how it improves the lives of our animals at the zoo.
Saturday, April 16
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.
Saturday, May 21
Exotic Animal Nutrition
From carnivores to omnivores to herbivores...ever wonder what and how we feed our animals? Discover the world of Exotic Animal Nutrition. Take a tour of our commissary, meet zoo staff, and learn what it takes to safely feed our animals, from the tiger to the sloth!
Saturday, June 18
Wildlife rehabilitators help nurse injured or sick animals back to health with the ultimate goal of release back into the wild. We'll discuss the principles, challenges and successes of rehabilitation, then meet some rehabilitated animals who could not be released that now call the zoo home.
|Saturday, July 16|
Caring for Reptiles & Amphibians
Temperature? Humidity? Lighting? Diet? Reptiles and amphibians come with so many questions! Learn the basics of how we care for exotic herps!
Saturday, August 13
Working with Carnivores
Working with carnivores can be a risky business. Learn how our keepers safely work with carnivores like the eagles, otters and tiger.
Saturday, September 24
Working with Exotic Birds
Birds can be friendly or temperamental, delicate or hardy. Discover the 'nitty gritty' details of working with a variety of birds, from raptors and rheas to macaws!
Saturday, October 15
Explore job basics, from husbandry to vet care to animal training. We'll discuss what programs to study in school and answer questions about colleges, courses, volunteering, interning and other ways to get into the field.
Saturday, November 19
Caring for Your Pets At Home like a Keeper
Dogs, cats, hamsters, turtles or fish... Just like exotic animals, each pet has its own specific needs and care requirements. We'll discuss some basic considerations for your pets at home so you can be the best at-home zoo keeper!
Participants under the age of 16 must complete and return an Emergency Contact and Release form. This form can be emailed to Education@BrandywineZoo.org, faxed to 302-571-7747, or you may bring this form with you on the day of your program.
When: Select Saturdays this Winter
Time: 10:15am - 10:45am
Location: Education Building
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! Different themes each time.
Zoo Members: $8/child, 1 adult free | Non-Members: $10 (1 adult/1 child)
Fee includes zoo admission. Siblings under 18 months are free. Additional adult participants are $7/person.
DATES: January 23 and February 6.
Who can participate: Current members of the Delaware Zoological Society. Guest passes may not be used for Member's Only programs.
Member Morning Tour
When: Sunday, July 10 and Sunday, August 14. Check back regularly for new dates!
Time: 9:15am - 10am
Join us for a member morning tour through the zoo. Walk the zoo with an educator for a personal tour filled with fun wildlife facts and stories about our animals. Members should meet at the Front Gate to check in. Pre-registration required, as space is limited to 25 people.
Zoo Members: FREE
Annual Members' Night
Thursday, June 16, 6 - 8pm (Rain date Friday, June 17)
Brandywine Zoo members enjoy an exclusive members' night at the Zoo! Food, drinks and special surprises are planned.
Zoo Members: FREE
Saturday, July 23, 10am - 10:45am
Delaware's Historic Zoo
Did you know that the Brandywine Zoo is over 110 years old, making us one of the oldest zoos in the country? Seated in Brandywine Park, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, the Zoo has a rich history. Join us for a morning tour through the zoo where we'll discuss some of the great changes the Zoo has seen over the last century. Walk the zoo with an educator for a personal tour filled with fun wildlife facts and stories about our animals. Registered guests should meet at the Front Gates of the zoo to check in.
Members: FREE | Non-Member: $6/child, $8/adult. Includes Zoo admission.
Thursdays, May - September, 10:30am
Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story time takes place in the otter circle, in the main zoo, and may include a craft, activity, or live animal presentation. Story time may be cancelled due to inclement weather. 2016 Book Schedule to be announced.
FEE: Free with paid admission to the zoo.
Friday April 29, 10:30am
Special: Arbor Day Story Time at the Zoo
Enjoy this special Story Time in honor of Arbor Day!
FEE: Free with paid admission to the zoo.
Story Time Group Visits
Bring your group to Story Time! All we ask is for two (2) weeks advanced noticed. Large groups may be given a separate Story Time, if time allows. Download a Story Time Group Registration form.
Held at various times throughout the year, from Spring Opening to Breakfast with Santa, we have a variety of upcoming programs! Visit our Special Events page for more information.