Summer is Wild at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Date: 
Wed, 05/05/2010

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. –— May 5, 2010 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, the state’s only Zoo, releases its summer 2010 programming calendar. The schedule includes fun events for the entire family each month, most of which are free with the cost of admission.

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Adult admission (ages 12 & older) is $11.00, children (ages 3 -11) and senior admission (62 and older) is just $9.00, and children under 3 years old are free. Zoo members are also admitted free. Parking at the Zoo is free of charge. The main information phone number is: (203) 394-6565.

June

June 5: Wild Wine, Beer, and Food Safari, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us for a fantastic, adults-only fundraiser at the Zoo featuring food from local restaurants plus the latest in wine and beer selections. Tickets are $45 per person, with groups of six or more at $40 each. Tickets are $50 if purchased at the door. Enjoy a VIP experience that includes a behind-the-scenes tour at 4:00 p.m. for $100 per person. VIP tickets must be purchased in advance. The evening includes entertainment and an amazing silent auction. Join us for an expedition of taste while supporting Connecticut’s only Zoo! For tickets, sponsorship opportunities or to donate an auction item, contact Whitney Fairbrother at wfairbrother@beardsleyzoo.org. Tickets may be purchased online at www.beardsleyzoo.org. Be sure to buy your tickets early, as this event sold out last year!

June 12: World’s Ocean Day, Noon – 3:00pm
Celebrate Long Island Sound and all the earth's oceans! Listen to guest speakers talk about the importance of our oceans and take a watery scavenger hunt around the Zoo’s aquatic habitats. Water related crafts for children ensure a fun-filled oceanic journey for everyone!

June 16: Evening Lecture Series: Canine Search and Rescue, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cathy Kohut and Chris Clark of R-SAR (Resources in Search and Rescue) present a canine demonstration and talk on search and rescue, including the training methods, capabilities and certification requirements of wilderness search for lost people, human, remains detection and water recovery. This lecture, taking place in the Hanson Exploration Station, is part of the Evening Lecture Series, sponsored by Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Volunteer Association. Admission is FREE with donations gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be served.

June 30: Wonders of Wildlife, 11:00 am & 2:00 pm
Come on over and meet some the world’s most fascinating animals! Explore exotic places like deserts, rain forests, wetlands and even Connecticut’s backyard forests while learning about the amazing adaptations that allow animals to call those places home. Presented at the Zoo's Learning Circle, this event is FREE with Zoo admission.

July

July 1-4, 7-11, 14-18, 21-25, 28-31: Wonders of Wildlife, 11:00 am & 2:00 pm
Come on over and meet some the world’s most fascinating animals! Explore exotic places like deserts, rain forests, wetlands and even Connecticut’s backyard forests while learning about the amazing adaptations that allow animals to call those places home. Presented at the Zoo's Learning Circle, this event is FREE with Zoo admission.

July 5-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-30: Animal Tales, 1:00 pm
Visit us for story time, a special craft and even an animal encounter each weekday. All activities are FREE with the purchase of Zoo admission. Families with children under age 6 are welcome.

July 5-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-30: Zoo Patrol, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Zoo Patrol is an exciting summer activities program offered for children. Situated on Zoo grounds, children participate in talks and activities with Zoo staff, play animal-related games and participate in arts and crafts. Each day’s activities vary and may include preparing an animal enrichment item, nature walks and getting a glimpse behind the scenes. Sessions run Monday through Friday. Each week is $130/child for members and $150/child for non-members. Weeks one and two are for children ages 7 – 11; weeks three and four are for children ages 12 – 15. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please call (203) 394-6563.

July 16–18, 21-25, 28-30: Connecticut Free Shakespeare presents “Twelfth Night”
Performance at 8:00 pm, Zoo opens for picnics at 6:30 pm
Connecticut Free Shakespeare celebrates another extraordinary summer at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo by presenting William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” All shows at the Peacock Pavilion; rain location: the Carousel. FREE. For more information, call (203) 393-3213 or visit www.ctfreeshakespeare.org.

July 17: Bowling for Rhinos, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join the Beardsley Zoo’s American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) Chapter in this fun family event to help with Rhino conservation efforts at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya. All proceeds will help save the Black and White Rhinos in danger of extinction. While the Beardsley Zoo does not house any species of rhino, our efforts will contribute to the worldwide preservation of these beautiful animals, so children around the world can see them in the wild and in zoos alike for many decades to come. Join us for a fun-filled day of activities, including outdoor games for kids, Wii bowling and a delicious bake sale. This event will take place at the Professor Beardsley’s Research Station.

July 21: Evening Lecture Series: Reforestation, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
This lecture, taking place in the Hanson Exploration Station, is part of the Evening Lecture Series, sponsored by Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Volunteer Association. Admission is FREE with donations gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be served.

July 22-25, 28-31: Theater for Kids: “Jack and the Beanstalk: The True Story,” 12:30 pm
Connecticut Free Shakespeare presents an original musical production, perfect for children in preschool through first grade. Enjoy this traditional fairy tale…with a twist, daily on the New England Farmyard Stage. Performances are FREE with Zoo admission.

August

August 1, 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29: Wonders of Wildlife, 11:00 am & 2:00 pm
Come on over and meet some the world’s most fascinating animals! Explore exotic places like deserts, rain forests, wetlands and even Connecticut’s backyard forests while learning about the amazing adaptations that allow animals to call those places home. Presented at the Zoo's Learning Circle, this event is FREE with Zoo admission.

August 2-6, 9-13: Zoo Patrol, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Zoo Patrol is an exciting summer activities program offered for children. Situated on Zoo grounds, children participate in talks and activities with Zoo staff, play animal-related games and participate in arts and crafts. Each day’s activities vary and may include preparing an animal enrichment item, nature walks and getting a glimpse behind the scenes. Sessions run Monday through Friday. Each week is $130/child for members and $150/child for non-members. Weeks one and two are for children ages 12 – 15; weeks two and three are for children ages 7 – 11. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please call (203) 394-6563.

August 2-6, 9-13, 16-20: Animal Tales, 1:00 pm
Visit us for story time, a special craft and even an animal encounter each weekday. All activities are free with the purchase of Zoo admission. Families with children under age 6 are welcome.

August 7: Animal Enrichment Day, Noon – 3:00 pm
Animal enrichment provides animals with items and activities that enhance their mental and physical well-being. By utilizing different forms of enrichment such as sensory, mobility and dietary, we are able to promote natural behaviors such as scent marking, climbing and foraging. Animal Enrichment Day gives visitors an opportunity to learn about how Zoo staff enriches animal life. Join us for talks, demonstrations and a display of enrichment items used at the Zoo, and a raffle to win a behind-the-scenes tour at the Zoo!

August 15: Teddy Bear Fest, Noon - 3:00 pm
Bring your favorite teddy bear friend to the Zoo! This “beary” fun day also will feature children’s crafts and storytelling focusing on Bear Awareness and the facts about real bears. FREE admission for children under age 12 who bring their teddy bear to the “Teddy Bear Clinic” and are accompanied by a paying adult.

August 18: Evening Lecture Series: Topic TBD, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
This lecture, taking place in the Hanson Exploration Station, is part of the Evening Lecture Series, sponsored by Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Volunteer Association. Admission is FREE with donations gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be served.

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About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo:
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Visitors won’t want to miss our Amur (Siberian) tigers, ocelots, red & maned wolves, Andean (spectacled) bears, and golden lion tamarins. Other highlights include our South American rainforest with free-flight aviary, the prairie dog exhibit with “pop-up” viewing areas, the New England Farmyard with goats, cows, pigs, sheep and other barnyard critters, plus the hoofstock trail featuring bison, pronghorn, deer and more. Visitors can grab a bite at the Peacock Café, eat in the Picnic Grove, and enjoy a ride on our colorful carousel. For more information, visit http://www.BeardsleyZoo.org