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Zoo Events

October 14-20 — Wolf Week
The Zoo is home to two Mexican gray wolves, and two Red wolves, all extremely rare and on the Endangered Species list. Learning opportunities and activities for guests will be held all week.

October 14-31 — Scarecrows on Parade
Local classrooms are invited to build a scarecrow to showcase on Zoo grounds in the month of October. Come see our Scarecrow “Exhibit” on the Greenhouse Lawn, and vote for your favorites at Boo at the Zoo on October 28. 

October 20 — International Sloth Day
This holiday raises awareness about the life cycle and natural habitat of sloths, native South and Central American animals. Come find our two Two-toed sloths, hiding in our Rainforest exhibit. The Two-toed sloth is a mid-size animal with brownish-greenish fur that provides excellent camouflage. Hint: look up!

October 24-31 — Bat Week
Each year Bat Week is an annual, international celebration of the role of bats in nature. Bat Week is organized by conservation organizations from across the United States and Canada. Learning opportunities for guests will be held all week, with crafts and fun activities at the Research Station. Come visit our Vampire bats and participate in special activities all week long!

October 25 — Backyard Conservation Discussion at The Fairfield Public Library
Do you know who’s digging/hooting/howling/chewing on leaves/hiding in your backyard? Join a panel of local conservation experts at the Fairfield Public Library on Thursday, October 25 at 7 p.m. to talk about what’s in your backyardZoo Director Gregg Dancho, Zoo Education Curator Jim Knox, Connecticut Audubon Society’s Executive Director Patrick Comins, Bruce Museum’s Collection Manager Tim Walsh, Arborist/Horticulturalist Stacey Marcell, and CT DEEP Supervising Wildlife Biologist Jenny Dickson will answer all your questions about anything you want to know. Audience questions will drive the conversation, so please bring an inquisitive mind and lots of questions! Light refreshments will be served. Free to the public. Children welcome!

October 28 (noon – 3) — Boo at the Zoo
A spooktacular afternoon including harvest hayrides ($2 per person) and many other seasonal favorites! Enjoy crafts, story-time, cool critters, and of course, candy! Guaranteed to delight and fright all those who pass through. If you’re under 12, in costume, and are accompanied by one paying adult, you get in to the Zoo for FREE!

November 3 — National Bison Day
Join us at the Research Station and learn more about America’s largest mammal. These giants weigh between 1,000 and 3,000 pounds and eat up to 50 pounds of grasses a day. Vast herds once roamed our prairies and open woodlands but were driven to near extinction by early settlers and bison hunters. The last few animals kept in zoos formed the basis for the entire new (and protected) population.

November 3 — Endangered Species Gala
An elegant evening affair will be held at the Patterson Club in Fairfield. The Gala’s guest speaker is Richard Weiss, world-class explorer, Emmy award-winning producer, and author of the book Born to Explore: How to be a Backyard Adventurer. The evening’s Master of Ceremonies is tech author and entertainer David Pogue. The Zoo is seeking sponsors for the event. From an exclusive presenting sponsorship priced at $25,000 to the Amur Tiger at $10,000, the Golden Lion Tamarin at $5,000, and the Red Wolf at $2,500, there are multiple opportunities for corporations and individuals to contribute. Interested supporters can contact Jessica Taylor, event fundraising coordinator, at 203-394-6569, or at jtaylor@beardsleyzoo.org.

November 8 — Teen Volunteer Open House
Get involved! Learn about our two award-winning teen volunteer programs: the Conservation Discovery Corps and Explorer Post from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Hanson Exploration Station at the Zoo. Teens must be currently enrolled in high school to join. For more information on our CDC program, please contact Jackie Westlein at jwestlein@beardsleyzoo.org. For more information on our Explorers program, please contact Chris Clark at cclark@beardsleyzoo.org. 

November 11 — Veteran’s Day
Veterans get in free, with a 20% discount for their families.

November 13 & 14 (10:30) — Zoo Tots
This monthly 45-minute program for children 22 months to four years old, who are accompanied by an adult, may include theme related songs or games, live animals, and a simple craft. This session is entitled “Who Eats What.” Pre-registration is required by calling 203-394-6563 or emailing programming@beardsleyzoo.org. The cost is $10 for Zoo members and one child, and $15 for non-members and one child.

November 21 — Zoo Closes Early
Last ticket sold at noon; Zoo closes at 1:00 p.m.

November 22 — Thanksgiving/Zoo Closed

December 4 — Teen Volunteer Open House
Get involved! Learn about our two award-winning teen volunteer programs: the Conservation Discovery Corps and Explorer Post from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Hanson Exploration Station at the Zoo. Teens must be currently enrolled in high school to join. For more information on our CDC program, please contact Jackie Westlein at jwestlein@beardsleyzoo.org. For more information on our Explorers program, please contact Chris Clark at cclark@beardsleyzoo.org. 

December 24/Christmas Eve — Zoo closes early
Last ticket sold at noon; Zoo closes at 1:00 p.m.

December 25/Christmas — Zoo closed

December 31/New Year’s Eve — Zoo closes early
Last ticket sold at noon; Zoo closes at 1:00 p.m.

January 1, 2019/New Year’s Day — Zoo closed.