Summer Camps at Brandywine Zoo

About Brandywine Zoo Camps


 

Register for camps on the Zoo's website here
If you have any questions, please call
(302) 571-7850, ext. 209

For additional Zoo Camp information,
e-mail the Zoo or call (302) 571-7850, ext. 209

Full-Day and Specialty Camps

Full-Day Camp Time:
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Drop-off from 8:30a.m. to 8:59 a.m. Pick-up from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Aftercare:
Aftercare is available from 4 p.m.-5 p.m. Monday – Thursday. No aftercare available on Fridays.

Aftercare Fee: $50/week or $15/day, available Monday through Thursday only.

Mini Day Camps

Mini Day Camp Time:
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Drop-off from 8:30 a.m. to 8:59 a.m. Pick-up from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

All campers must be completely toilet-trained to attend. This means that campers must be able to use the restroom on their own, requiring no assistance. Our definition of toilet-trained means that the child is able to manage his/her own clean-up and clothing by him/herself. All campers are required to bring a packed snack to camp each day.

Aftercare: Aftercare is available from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Campers will need to have a packed lunch if registered for Aftercare and will join other campers for a 12 p.m. lunch.

Aftercare Fee: $50/week or $15/day, available Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. only.

Payment and Cancellation Policies

Payment is due in full at time of registration for Zoo Camp. A $25 processing fee will be charged for all cancellations up to April 30th; ½ refund for cancellations after May 1; no refunds after June 1.

For Holiday and Spring Camps:
Payment is due in full at time of registration for Zoo Camp. There will be no refunds for those that cancel within 14 days of Holiday or Spring Camp dates. Those who wish to cancel their registration 15 days or more from the Holiday/Spring Camp dates may receive a Zoo Camp credit. Any Zoo Camp credits given must be used within 365 days or less of the cancellation date.

Find A Camp at
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Our Day Camps

Creature Classes


For ages 6 to 10
June 18–22
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
There’s no school at the zoo this summer but there IS class! Discover different classes of vertebrates and how you can tell them apart! Meet amphibians, reptiles, birds, and of course, mammals!

Animal Handling 101: A Training Course just for Teens!


For ages 14 to 17
June 25–29
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
By popular demand, we’ve created a full week of animal handling experiences just for teens! Get ready for close-up encounters with some of our Animal Ambassadors, learn the facts, and practice perfecting your animal handling techniques in this week-long animal training. Campers who successfully complete this week of camp may elect to become a volunteer and continue the animal handling fun throughout the summer by providing animal encounters to our guests! Please note: at registration, campers MUST provide proof of a negative TB test within the last year (365 days) from camp start date (June 25).

Fantastic Beasts and How to Care for Them


For ages 6 to 10
June 25–29
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Apparate into the world of fantastic beasts and magical creatures! Learn from magical game keepers about caring for phoenixes, dragons, acromantula, and much more.

Food Chains, Poo, and Bugs Too!


For ages 5 to 10
July 2–6
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Food chain fun? Yes! If anyone can make food chains fun it is the zoo! Campers will see the food chain in action and learn about the full cycle of life, poo, and bugs, too!

Jr. Zoo Keepers (Basics: A)


For ages 8 to 12
July 2–6
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Have you always wanted to be a zoo keeper? If so, get ready for a fun-filled week discovering what it takes to work at the zoo through hands-on activities and projects. Campers will be able to see how animals are cared for, visit behind- the-scenes areas, and learn what it takes to be a keeper of the kingdom! Please note campers will have limited contact with select animals. It is highly recommended that campers be able to independently complete physically challenging activities with limited assistance and be able to safely come into contact with allergens such as animal dander and hay. Campers may only register for one session per age group.

Jr. Zoo Keepers Advanced: (A)


For ages 11 to 15
July 9–13
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Have you always wanted to be a zoo keeper? If so, get ready for a fun-filled week discovering what it takes to work at the zoo through hands-on activities and projects. Campers will see how animals are cared for, visit behind- the-scenes areas, and learn what it takes to be a keeper of the kingdom! Please note campers will have limited contact with select animals. It is highly recommended that campers be able to independently complete physically-challenging activities with limited assistance and be able to safely come into contact with allergens such as animal dander and hay. Campers may only register for one session per age group.

Extinct and Endangered


For ages 6 to 10
July 9–13
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Travel back in time to explore extinct animals through the ages. Then fast forward to the present where we will learn about endangered animals and how you can protect animals from disappearing.

Animal Babies Mini Day Camp


For ages 4 to 5
July 16–20
9 to 11:30 a.m.
Whether born or hatched, no one can deny how adorable animal babies are! Learn about different animal babies, their parents, and what it takes for them to grow up in a zoo or in the wild! All campers must be completely toilet trained to attend. This means that campers must be able to use the restroom on their own, requiring no assistance. Our definition of toilet trained means that the child is able to manage his or her own clean-up and clothing by himself or herself. All campers are required to bring a packed snack to camp each day. Early Bird Fee:
Cost: $120 per camper, $100 Delaware Zoological Society Members (DZS) if registered by Friday, March 30. Regular Fee: $130 per camper, $110 DZS members if registered after March 30, starting March 31.

Jr. Zoo Keepers Basics: (B)


For ages 8 to 12
July 16–20
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Have you always wanted to be a zoo keeper? If so, get ready for a fun-filled week discovering what it takes to work at the zoo through hands-on activities and projects. Campers will be able to see how animals are cared for, visit behind- the-scenes areas, and learn what it takes to be a keeper of the kingdom! Please note campers will have limited contact with select animals. It is highly recommended that campers be able to independently complete physically challenging activities with limited assistance and be able to safely come into contact with allergens such as animal dander and hay. Campers may only register for one session per age group.

Jr. Zoo Keepers Advanced: (B)


For ages 11 to 15
July 23–27
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Have you always wanted to be a zoo keeper? If so, get ready for a fun-filled week discovering what it takes to work at the zoo through hands-on activities and projects. Campers will see how animals are cared for, visit behind- the-scenes areas, and learn what it takes to be a keeper of the kingdom! Please note campers will have limited contact with select animals. It is highly recommended that campers be able to independently complete physically-challenging activities with limited assistance and be able to safely come into contact with allergens such as animal dander and hay. Campers may only register for one session per age group.

Animal Superheroes


For ages 6 to 10
July 23–27
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
What makes an animal a superhero? Its super skills! Discover the super abilities of animals and the how they have inspired some of our favorite superhero characters.

WILD Animal Careers


For ages 11 to 15
July 30–August 3
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Have you ever thought about a career working with animals? Discover what it takes to care for, feed, train, and work with different animals. During this week, campers will have the opportunity to explore a variety of creature careers.

Jr. Zoo Keepers Basics: (C)


For ages 8 to 12
July 30–August 3
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Have you always wanted to be a zoo keeper? If so, get ready for a fun-filled week discovering what it takes to work at the zoo through hands-on activities and projects. Campers will see how animals are cared for, visit behind- the-scenes areas, and learn what it takes to be a keeper of the kingdom! Please note campers will have limited contact with select animals. It is highly recommended that campers be able to independently complete physically-challenging activities with limited assistance and be able to safely come into contact with allergens such as animal dander and hay. Campers may only register for one session per age group.

Poké-Zoo


For ages 8 to 12
August 6–10
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Gotta see ‘em all! Join us for a fun week learning all about the real-life Pokémon of the zoo world! An action-packed adventure awaits you with crafts, games, and more as we dive into the fascinating world of Zoo Pokémon!

Color Me Wild! Mini Day Camp


For ages 4 to 5
August 13–17
9 to 11:30 a.m.
Animals come in all shapes, sizes, and colors! Learn about our many colorful creatures, each day focusing on a different color! All campers must be completely toilet trained to attend. This means that campers must be able to use the restroom on their own, requiring no assistance. Our definition of toilet trained means that the child is able to manage his or her own clean-up and clothing by himself or herself. All campers are required to bring a packed snack to camp each day. Early Bird Fee:
Cost: $120 per camper, $100 Delaware Zoological Society Members (DZS) if registered by Friday, March 30. Regular Fee: $130 per camper, $110 DZS members if registered after March 30, starting March 31.

Talk to the Animals


For ages 6 to 10
August 13–17
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Noises, smells, and body language. Animals “talk” in lots of ways–but what are they saying? Join us to discover how you can talk to the animals!

Storybook Safari - Special Daily Option!


For ages 5 to 10
August 20–24
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Storybook adventures ahead! Each day, we will read and discuss an animal tale, then immerse ourselves in the story’s theme with crafts, games, and related animal activities.