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

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.

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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, March 18
Exhibit Design
What goes into making a good home for our animals? Come join us for a workshop all about designing and creating good exhibits for our animals to live in, including a chance to design your very own animal home!

Saturday, April 15
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 20
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 17
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!

Saturday, July 15
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 19
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 23
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 28
Career & Animal Science Workshop: Zookeeping 101
Explore job basics, from husbandry to vet care to animal training, plus we'll as 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 18
Wildlife Rehabilitation
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.

When: Sunday, February 26
Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Education Building

Craft-loving individuals will enjoy this hands-on workshop making enrichment for our Zoo animals. Learn different kinds of enrichment we use to engage our animals' minds, help us craft and create new items, and see some of your hard work given out around the Zoo! You'll also be able to make some awesome enrichment to bring back to your pets at home!

Zoo Members: $10/participant | Non-members: $12/participant

Ages 18 months - 6 years
When: Sunday, March 5 & March 12
Time: 10:30am - 11am
Location: Education Building

Join us for a fun, interactive learning experience all about the alphabet! This program is geared towards young children and their caregivers, focusing on the animals of the alphabet! Program features an animal presentation and simple craft and activities. We'll learn about a different letter each week.

Zoo Members: $2/child, 1 adult free | Non-members: $4/child, 1 adult included for program
Non-members must pay regular Zoo admission. Siblings under 18 months are free. Additional adults must pay admission fee.

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 9, August 13 & September 17
Time: 9:30am - 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

Annual Members' Night
Thursday, June 22, 6 - 8pm
Brandywine Zoo members enjoy an exclusive members' night at the Zoo! Food, drinks and special surprises are planned. Sorry, guest passes are not accepted at this event.

Zoo Members: FREE

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. Visit our Events Calendar to see what books will be read.

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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