Can't come to the Zoo? No worries, we can bring the Zoo-to-you!
Our unique Traveling Zoo can visit your school or other institutions throughout the year with programs that educate and entertain. Let the Brandywine Zoo Traveling Zoo come to your facility with programs that include:
Programs are approximately 35-40 minutes Times may vary depending on group size, age, and grade level.
- Live animal presentations
- BioFacts (animal artifacts)
- Interactive activities
- Reading a story
- And more!
18 Months - Kindergarten
From Head To Toe, by Eric Carle
While reading the book "From Head to Toe", students will stretch, flap and wiggle along with the animals in the book. Following the story, students will have a chance to view live animals, and identify specific movements unique to each animal. Standards: LS1.A
18 Months - KindergartenIt's Not Easy Being a Bunny by Marilyn Sadler
We will read "It's Not Easy Being a Bunny" and celebrate uniqueness! Follow the story of a young P.J. Funnybunny and his journey to find out that everybody's different, and it's OK to be YOU! Then meet some live animal friends and experience their individuality up close! Standards: LS1.A
Pre-K - Kindergarten
It's as easy as 1,2,3,4,5! We will review our five senses, than take an up close look at animal senses with the help of some zoo friends. Participants will discover the similarities and differences between humans and animals senses, leaning how each animal uses its senses to survive in the wild. Standards: LS1.A, LS1.D, LS2.A
Pre-K - Kindergarten
Pets, Farm, or Wild?
Does a Tiger make a good house cat? Can I keep a shark in my swimming pool? Children will the differences between pets, farm friends, and wild animals. This program complements the Brandywine Zoo's Discovery Tour experience. "Creature Categories." Standards: LS4.D
Pre-K - Grade 3
My Little Sister Ate One Hare by Bill Grossman
In this fun story "My Little Sister Ate One Hare" a young girl has a tremendous appetite for some not so normal foods! Following the book, meet some familiar friends and focus on what and how they eat. We will also discuss some of our favorite foods and least favorite foods. Standards: LS2.A, LS2.B
Pre-K - Grade 3
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Following this winter time book "The Mitten", students will learn how fur coats, warm dens, and hibernation are just a few of adaptations that animals use to stay warm in winter. Standards: LS1.A, LS1.C, LS2.A, LS2.B, LS2.C
Pre-K - Grade 3
Explore the world of invertebrates and find out how these "spineless" animals are specially adapted to survive. Standards: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C, LS1.D, LS3.A, LS3.B
Pre-K - Grade 5
What's so special about the rainforest? EVERYTHING! Take a visual tour through the rainforest with the aide of biofacts, photographs, and some tropical zoo friends. Students will learn where jungles are located and some of the wonderful plants and animals that only live in the tropics! Standards: LS1.A LS1.B LS1.C LS2.A LS2.C LS2.D
Kindergarten - Grade 3
The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hayes Noble
Read "The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash" the fun adventure of Jimmy, his pet boa and a trip to the farm! In this snake friendly program, we learn about the fascinating yet misunderstood lives of snakes.
Standards: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C
Grades 1 - 5
Swamps, woodlands, and deserts... just to name a few habitats were animals can be found. We will learn about different habitats and meet some animals that are adapted to live in different habitats! Standards: LS2.A, LS2.C, LS4.C
Grades 1 - 8
What's for Dinner?
What do different animals eat? Why? Find the answers with live animals and biofacts to discover how herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores are specially adapted to munch their favorite meals! Standards: LS1.A, LS1.C, LS2.A, LS2.B, LS4.D
Grades 1 - 8
We will spend time focusing on the furry creatures in this program all about mammals! Find out what unique adaptations and characteristics makes a mammal different from other types of animals. With biofacts and animal friends we will discover how they use these adaptations to survive. Standards: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C, LS1.D, LS4.D
Grades 1 - 8
Reptiles vs. Amphibians
Snakes, Frogs & Lizards oh my! We will dive into the world of reptiles and amphibians and learn all about these cold blooded cousins. Meet some of these misunderstood creatures up close and see the differences and similarities between reptiles and amphibians. Standards: LS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C
Grades 1 - 8
Students will learn about different adaptations that help animals to survive in their environment. Camouflage, fur patterns, and other tools will be discussed with the help of biofacts and animal friends in this program. Standards: LS1.A, LS1.C, LS1.D, LS4.C
Grades 4 - 12
Zoo to Do's
Enter the fascinating Zoo world: learn about zoos, why they exist, and the many different jobs required to keep things running smoothly. Find out how the Brandywine Zoo takes care of animal's and their unique needs. Standards: LS4.B
Grades 3 - 5
Structures of Life
Students will explore how animals are adapted to live in their habitat and discover the importance of biodiversity and the significance of each organism in the environment. We will also create a living food chain with zoo friends to better understand how all life depends up upon something else. Standards: LS1.A, LS1.C, LS1.D, LS2.A, LS4.B
Grades 3 - 5
Explore the skeletal structures of humans and animals. Compare and contrast human and animals through: biofacts, animal observations, lively discussion, and fun activities. Standards: LS1.A
Grades 1 - 6
Students will discover the five things all living creatures need to survive, help construct a food chain (complete with live zoo animals), and utilize the zoo as an innovative and creative way to understand ecosystems. Standards: LS1.C, LS2.A, LS2.B, LS4.A
Grades 3 - 8
Wild 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 conserve their habitats. Students will discuss difficult issues and be motivated to take action and help support endangered animals. Standards: LS1.B, LS2.A, LS2.C, LS4.A, LS4.D
Program fees vary depending on the program itself and the distance from the Brandywine Zoo to your facility.
Mileage rates apply for all Traveling Zoo programs.
Scholarships may be available. Ask when making a reservation.
Full payment is due at least two weeks prior to the first program date.
STORY TIME PROGRAMS (Pre-K through 2nd Grade & Libraries): Nature themed story with live animal presentation
$175/program plus travel fees ($150 each additional consecutive program, 3 programs per day max)
30-35 minutes, max 40 child audience
STANDARD PROGRAMS (Schools/Camps/Adult Centers etc.): Standards-based programs, include bio-facts as well as live animal presentation
$200/program plus travel fees ($175 each additional consecutive program, 3 programs per day max)
40-45 minutes, max 40 participants
ASSEMBLY PROGRAMS: Standards-based programs include bio-facts as well as live animal presentation
$400/program plus travel fees ($250 each additional consecutive program, 3 programs per day max)
40-45 minutes, max 200 participants
WALK BY PROGRAMS: Bio-facts, live animals, and handouts such as brochures
$250/first hour - $50/each additional half-hour
Max 3 consecutive hours
Distance from Brandywine Zoo||Mileage Rate|
Flat rate included
$20 flat rate within 25 miles of zoo.
For each additional ten miles, there is an added $10 mileage rate increase.
Rates are determined for a one-way trip utilizing the lowest mileage route on Google Maps.
Wilmington (<25mi) : $20 + $0 = $20
Middletown (27.3mi): $20 + $10 = $30
Smyrna (37.4 miles): $20 + $20 = $40
Dover (51.6mi): $20 + $30 = $50
Georgetown (85.5mi): $20 + $60 = $80
To register for a program:
- Call Matt Halterman, Outreach Program Manager at 302-571-7850 ext. 224 or email to schedule a Traveling Zoo program. Please include in your message:
- Date and Times
- Program Choice
- Contact information
- Please advise us of students with special needs when you register.
- Full payment is required two weeks prior to the date of the program. Scholarships may be available, ask when registering!
Don’t see a program that suites your needs? Please call the Zoo's Education Department at 302-571-7850 ext. 208 and let us help you design your own program.
Contract Programs for large groups or schools (including grade level appropriate Discovery Tour and Traveling Zoo) are available for a reduced rate. Please call the Curator of Education for more information or to set up a Contract Program at 571-7850 ext. 208.
What animals do you bring?
We have approximately 20 animals that are available to travel, however only 3-4 animals are brought per program. Animal choices depend upon the program chosen and animal availability. Specific requests may be made, but ultimately the Zoo has a choice on whether that animal is capable to travel. We will not bring anything that may be harmful to us or to your guests and your site.
What kind of locations will the Traveling Zoo visit?
We will go to many institutions such as libraries, museums, day care centers, schools, churches, festivals, special events, etc. The Brandywine Zoo, at this time, only travels within the State of Delaware.
Does the Traveling Zoo do birthday parties or visit private homes?
We are sorry, but the Brandywine Zoo Traveling Zoo does not visit private homes or birthday parties.
Do Brandywine Zoo Traveling Zoo programs meet state education standards?
Yes, most Traveling Zoo programs will meet Delaware State Education Standards (where indicated-ask when scheduling).
When does the Traveling Zoo hold programs?
The Traveling Zoo is available between the hours of 10am and 4pm. Our Traveling Zoo programs generally run between 35 and 40 minutes, but times may vary depending upon the program chosen.
How much does it cost for the Traveling Zoo to come to my site?
We have several prices for Traveling Zoos listed below. Full payment is required prior to the date of your program. One teacher is free per classroom.
Can I get an invoice for the programs I've signed up for?
Invoices are sent upon request.
Are scholarships available?
Yes, The Brandywine Zoo offers a limited amount of scholarships for the year. Inquire within. Call 302-571-7850 x224 for more information.
Where can I find out more information?
Contact Matt Halterman
, our Outreach Program Manager, with questions or to book a program
or call 302-571-7850 x224.