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, January 16
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
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. Join us for the first of four career and science-focused workshops for pre-teens and teens interested in working with animals!

Saturday, March 19
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
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
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
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.

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 or 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 in this program!

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 for them!

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: 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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