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!
Join us for ZooKids, ZooYoga, or one of our new Career and Animal Science Workshops!

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!

Time: 10:30am - 12 noon
Location: all classes begin at the Education Building
Zoo Members: $8/student | Non-Member: $10/student


Saturday, September 19
Population Management
Where do zoo animals come from? Breeding recommendations, Species Survival Plans and animal loans help zoos manage their animal populations sustainably. Population management is important for not just the animals we see in zoos, but also those in wild. During this program we'll talk about the importance of breeding endangered animals and how we manage healthy captive populations in zoos.

Saturday, October 10
Zoo Keeping 101
Do you have what it takes to be a zoo keeper? During this workshop we'll explore the job of a zoo keeper and what it's like to work with animals for a living. Explore job basics, from husbandry to vet care to animal training, plus we'll also discuss what programs to study in school. We'll answer questions about colleges and courses, volunteering, interning and other ways to get into the field.

Saturday, November 14
Animal Enrichment
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, and make some toys for the animals during this workshop.


Saturday, January 16, 2016
Animal Health and Veterinary Care
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?

Saturday, February 20, 2016
Wildlife Rehabilitation with Tri-State Bird Rescue
Wildlife rehabilitators help nurse injured or sick animals back to health with the ultimate goal of release back into the wild. During this program, locally and nationally acclaimed Tri State Bird Rescue and Rehabilitation discusses working with injured and oiled birds and wildlife.

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Animal Training
Training is an important part of working with animals. During this workshop, we'll learn about the basic principles of operant conditioning training and how it improves the lives of our animals at the zoo.

Saturday, April 16, 2016
Animal Behavior
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, 2016
Exotic Animal Nutrition
From carnivores to omnivores to herbivores...ever wonder what and how we feed our animals? Join us in this workshop to discover the world of Exotic Animal Nutrition. Take a tour of our commissary, meet zoo staff, and learn what it takes to safely feed all of our animals, from the tiger to the sloth!

Saturday, June 18, 2016
Animal Husbandry
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.

Ages Strong walkers - 7 years old
When: Select Sundays, September - December
Time: 9am - 10am
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 around the world! This class helps to strengthen kids' growing muscles. One parent or caregiver welcome per child. Extra adults or children must pay registration fee.

Zoo Members: $12/class  | Non-Members: $14/class
Fee includes one adult per child, includes zoo admission, but not all classes may include a zoo visit. Additional adult participants are $7/person.

DATES: Sundays, September 27, October 4, October 11, October 18, November 1, November 8, November 15, December 6 and December 20.

Ages 18 months - 6 years
When: Select Saturdays October - December
Time: 10:45am - 11:15am
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 week.

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

DATES: October 3, October 17, October 31, November 7, November 21 and December 5.

Who can participate: Current members of the Delaware Zoological Society
When: Sunday, September 20, Saturday, October 17, and Sunday, November 8
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

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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