CT's Beardsley Zoo Recognized for “Making a Difference” in Trumbull

Thu, 07/01/2010

BRIDGEPORT, Conn – July 1, 2010 – The Town of Trumbull Business Education Initiative (BEI) recently honored CT's Beardsley Zoo at its 14th Annual Recognition Event with a Making a Difference Recognition Award. The award was given for their support and educational programs for Trumbull. The Zoo hosts classroom and assembly programs in every school in Trumbull a dozen times each year. Each program is specifically catered to the age group they are presenting to, while also creating customized programs to provide the best educational opportunity for students.

“We are pleased to honor the Zoo for their commitment to providing fun and educational programs for all Trumbull students,” noted Allison Roche, a member of BEI. “They have truly made a difference in the lives of the children in our community and we look forward to many more years of partnership.”

For the past 15 years, BEI has been working cooperatively with education, business, town government and community representatives to help children learn more about career interests and gain valuable, memorable experiences through hands-on activities and programs.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with BEI to introduce Trumbull students to the wide range of careers that exist in the fields of animal sciences and conservation,” said Gregg Dancho, Zoo Director. “We truly appreciate the recognition and hope to continue inspiring young minds.”

The Zoo offers a number of programming options for school children. Zoo Mobile provides students the unique learning experience that only living creatures can provide. Children meet and touch four to six amazing animals, examine rare artifacts and boost learning through Connecticut Core Science Standards based programs. The goal of the Zoo Mobile is to inspire students to learn about science, animals and the environment.

For their older audiences, the Zoo provides an outstanding shadow program where high school students are invited individually to shadow one of the many zoo educators for an entire day. Zoo educators will discuss the requirements, education, and experience needed to pursue an animal related career while walking the student through their daily activities at the Zoo.

To learn more about the Zoo’s educational programs, contact the Zoo’s Education Department at (203) 394-6560.