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!
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

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.

Family Programs
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

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!

Participants under the age of 16 must complete and return an Emergency Contact and Release form. This form can be emailed to, faxed to 302-571-7747, or you may bring this form with you on the day of your program.

Time: 10:30am - 12 noon
Location: Classes begin at the Education Building
Zoo Members: $8/person | Non-Members: $10/person

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
Zookeeping 101
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!

Ages 18 months - 6 years
When: Select Saturdays October - December
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! New themes each week, held every Tuesday and the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month,

Zoo Members: $6/child, 1 adult free | Non-members: $12 (includes 1 non-member adult/child)
Siblings under 18 months are free. Additional children or adult participants are $7/person.

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. Email us at to register.

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.

Story Time presented by The Tatnall School
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.

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