Free Family Experiences

Brandywine Zoo programs change frequently to include new and exciting ZOOventures around every corner. The following are free programs with your paid admission.

Keeper Talks

Join our keepers for daily talks about the animals in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always something new to learn about our wild friends! 

WHEN:  11:30am & 1:30pm;  Weekends in May & September, Daily June–August

 


Story Time

Due to COVID-19, we are not currently holding this event.

Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story time may include a craft, activity, or live animal presentation. Story time may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Stories change weekly.

WHEN: 10:30am; Thursdays, May–September
WHERE: Nature Playground


Zoo Kids

Due to Covid-19, we are currently not holding this event. Please visit our Zoo to You Resource Center for online activities.

Learn 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.

AGES: 18 months – 6 years
WHEN: 10:30 – 11:15am, Sundays May-September
WHERE: Nature Play, inside the Zoo

Creature Features

Stop by our Creature Features for a close encounter with one of our zoo education animals. Meet a scaled, furry, or prickly friend, ask questions and learn more about these animal ambassadors who live at the zoo. Featured animals change daily.

WHEN: Weekends March & April @ 12pm; Weekends in May @ 2pm; Daily late June-August, Monday-Thursday @ 12pm & 2pm and Friday @ 2pm; Weekends in October @ 12pm
WHERE: Wildlife Amphitheater


Wildlife Shows

Get up close and personal with some of our amazing Ambassador Animals here at the Brandywine Zoo!

WHEN: 12pm, Weekends in May & September; 12pm, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays June–August
WHERE: Wildlife Amphitheater


Zoo Sensory Hour

Due to COVID-19, we are not currently holding this event.

The Brandywine Zoo is offering a new series of Sensory Friendly Hours for children and guests with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences. The Zoo will open one hour early on the first Sunday of each month for Sensory Hour and staff will modify routines and sounds to give guests a more accessible experience during their time at the Zoo. Crowds during Sensory Hour will be smaller than a typical, busy weekend day.

WHEN: 9-10am, First Sunday of the month, May-August,

Story Time

Due to COVID-19, we are not currently holding Storytime.

Enjoy fun animal stories read by our own zoo story-telling team! Story Time takes place in the Nature Playground area, inside the zoo, and may include a craft, activity, or live animal presentation. May be cancelled due to weather.

FEE: Free with paid admission to the zoo.

Story Time Group Visits

Day Cares, Schools, Camps, or similar groups
Want to bring a group to Story Time? Groups of more than 5 children must register for their own private Story Time program. Availability: on site, at the zoo on Thursdays at 11:15 am only.

FEE: $8 per child (Adults pay regular admission)

Thanks to Our Sponsors

Due to COVID-19, we are currently not holding any indoor events.

Hot breakfasts of pancakes, sausage, eggs, and assorted pastries are generously supplied by Janssens Market. Breakfasts are also made possible with the support of Shoprite.

Members Only Programs

Who can participate: Current members of the Delaware Zoological Society. Guest passes may not be used for Member’s Only programs.


Member Morning Tours

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. Register using form below.

Workshops

Join us for one of our fun, upcoming family-friendly workshops! All programs are held in the Education Building, across the street from the main entrance of the zoo, unless otherwise noted.

Animal Careers Virtual Lecture Series

Whether you’re in school, looking for a career, or just plain curious, join the Brandywine Zoo and a number of fascinating professionals for a mini-lecture series focusing on careers working with animals.  Speakers will discuss their career paths, what they do for their jobs, and hold a Q & A session after each presentation.

Sessions are hosted via Zoom on the first Sunday of the month in Nov, Dec, and Jan at 11 am.  Each session will feature three speakers.  Can’t make a session?  Recordings of each session are also available for purchase.

Speakers

November 1:

  • Meghan Hoopes – Meghan is Brandywine Zoo’s Education Programs Coordinator. She runs the Zoo’s camps, scout programs, and more, making connections between kids and the amazing animals around them to inspire future environmental stewards and conservationists!
  • Lynn Klein – Lynn works as the General Curator for the Brandywine Zoo. Animal care, staff supervision and maintaining the grounds are just a few of the things on her daily “to do’ list. Life at the zoo is never dull but often surprising, even after 34 years of zoo work.
  • Lindsay Waugh – Lindsay has been in the zoo keeping field since 2013, her first job out of college was at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore’s commissary, where she gained a love for diet preparation and animal nutrition. She continues that passion here at the Brandywine Zoo by being our commissary coordinator.

December 6:

  • Dr. Mason Fidino – Dr. Fidino is one part ecologist, one part statistician, and one part computer programmer. In his role as a quantitative ecologist at the Lincoln Park Zoo he develops new statistical techniques to better understand where species live and why.
  • Austin Green – Austin is a Ph.D candidate from the University of Utah. He studies how human influence affects mammal distribution and behavior and runs Wasatch Wildlife Watch, a community science project that leverages the power of the Salt Lake Community and remote sensing camera traps. Austin is passionate about teaching and interacting with people, and he firmly believes that the best way to protect the wild lands we all love is to approach it with the entire local community’s backing.
  • Dr. Samantha King, DVM – Dr. King is a mobile zoo/exotic animal veterinarian taking care of a variety of species at over 10 different facilities, including here at the Brandywine Zoo. She provides routine wellness care/preventative medicine protocols as well as sick/emergency care services. She has a special interest in zoo animal immobilization and continually strives to create safer anesthetic combinations for the species under her care.

January 3:

  • Seth Magle – Seth is the Director of the Urban Wildlife Institute at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, and the Executive Director of the Urban Wildlife Information Network.  Seth first became interested in conservation and ecology as a college student while observing black-tailed prairie dogs living in sidewalk median strips; these days Seth’s interests go far beyond prairie dogs to encompass all wildlife species impacted by urbanization and human development to help create a world in which urban ecosystems represent an important component of the worldwide conservation of biodiversity.
  • Dr. Ted Stankowich – Dr. Stankowich is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Mammal Lab at California State University Long Beach where studies the evolution of antipredator defenses, sexual weapons (e.g., tusks, horns, and antlers), and warning coloration in mammals. He also conducts field work on the behavior of mammals in urban environments, focusing on predator-prey interactions between skunks and coyotes.
  • Ashley Gramza – Ashley is a Conservation Social Scientist for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission who studies how people think and feel about wildlife and how humans and wildlife interact.

November 1, December 6 & January 3

11am - 12pm EST

Fee: $8, $20 for all 3 (for live participation or to purchase a recording of the lecture later)

For more information, call (302) 571-7850 Ext. 209 or email education@brandywinezoo.org