Zoo World Patch

Looking for a fun, unique learning experience for your Scouts, youth group, or camp? Zoo World Patch is a self-guided program that enables groups to earn a special Brookfield Zoo patch by completing a series of fun, educational activities.

Your group can participate in the Zoo World Patch program on your own schedule. Brookfield Zoo is open 365 days a year.

The age-specific Zoo World Patch activities are divided into three sections:
  • Pre-Visit
  • Zoo-Visit
  • Post-Visit
Each section typically requires up to 90 minutes to complete. The activities are self-guided and are designed to be done as a group with your own leader and adult chaperones.

Program activities include games, creative projects, role-playing, and puzzles. These activities can be integrated with everyday resources.

To get started:

1. Select the program below that is appropriate for your group’s age range.
2. Print your registration form and mail it along with your payment to:
          Brookfield Zoo
          Conservation, Education, and Training
          3300 Golf Rd.
          Brookfield, IL. 60513
3. You may call and place your order via phone at (708) 688-8342.

Once receiving payment, your program materials will be sent as PDF files to the group leader’s email address as listed on your order form. Your patches will then be mailed to your leader’s mailing address as listed on your order form.

Program Fees:

$20.00 for PDF files of Leader’s Guide, Chaperone’s Guide, and Child’s Guide – Print as many as you need!
$3.00 per patch

Please Note: The above fees cover the cost of program materials and/or patches. Admission and parking fees are payable on the day of your visit to Brookfield Zoo.

Program Descriptions

Petkeeper - Zookeeper - Earthkeeper
For children 6 to 9 years old

This program helps children understand why people keep animals, which animals make good pets, what resources animals need to live, and how zoos care for them.

This program includes free admission to the Hamill Family Play Zoo for all registered participants. You will receive one (1) ticket for every patch ordered plus one (1) ticket for every five (5) patches ordered to cover the admission of leaders and chaperones.

Example: 20 patches ordered = 24 Hamill Family Play Zoo tickets

The Role of a Modern Zoo

For children 9 to 12 years old

This program helps children understand the role of a modern zoo, the challenges of running a zoo, and how they can help with zoo conservation efforts.

Please contact the Conservation, Education, and Training Department at adventuresinlearning@czs.org or the Customer Service Representative at 708-688-8342 with any questions.

The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature.