Free Programs Excite the Whole Family This Summer at the Zoo!

Date: 
Thu, 04/28/2011

4/28/2011

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- April 28, 2011 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, the state's only Zoo, releases its summer 2011 programming calendar. The Zoo plans fun and educational special events and programs all summer long, most of which are free with the purchase of Zoo admission. Be sure to mark your calendar, so you won't miss a minute of the excitement.

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is closer than you think and is open daily from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Adult admission (ages 12 & older) is $12.00, children (ages 3 -11) and senior admission (62 and older) is just $10.00, and children under 3 years old are free. Zoo members also are admitted free. Parking at the Zoo is free of charge. The main information phone number is: (203) 394-6565.

June

June 4: Connecticut Trails Day, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Take an educational nature walk through Bridgeport's historic Beardsley Park. Led by Zoo staff, this 2 - 3 mile walk will explore the wildlife and history of this 133 year old park, which was designed by noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead. The walk will last approximately 45 minutes and does not include Zoo admission. Meet at the Zoo ticket booth. For more information, contact Tracy Benham at 203-330-6046 or tbenham@beardsleyzoo.org

June 4: Wild Wine, Beer & Food Safari, 6:00 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 $50 per person; groups of six or more are $45 each. Tickets are $55 at the door. Enjoy a VIP experience that includes a behind-the-scenes tour from 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM for $100 per person. VIP tickets must be purchased in advance. The evening includes entertainment and an amazing silent auction. Don't miss this expedition of taste while supporting Connecticut's only Zoo! For tickets, sponsorship opportunities or to donate an auction item, contact the development office at 203-394-6569 or email ebobowick@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 15: Evening Lecture Series: The Big World of Elephants, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

From the mountains of Northern Thailand to an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee to the International School for Elephant Management in Arkansas, join Rebecca Sterley as she recounts her quest to learn all she can about these gentle giants. There is a $5 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. This lecture, taking place in the Hanson Exploration Station, is part of the Evening Lecture Series, sponsored by Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo Volunteer Association.

June 25: Trumbull Day, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is proud to invite ALL Trumbull residents to come to the Zoo for a reduced admission fee of just $5 with proper I.D. Meet and greet with town officials, business and civic leaders, friends, and neighbors during a fun filled day to please the whole family. Spend the day visiting new animals at the Zoo, ride the carousel, and enjoy the entertainment. For more information, please call 203-394-6565 or visit www.beardsleyzoo.org. This event is presented in partnership with the Town of Trumbull.

June 25: Animal Enrichment Day, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Animal Enrichment Day gives visitors an opportunity to learn about how Zoo staff enriches the mental and physical well-being of our animals. Join us for talks, demonstrations, and a display of enrichment items used at the Zoo. We also will offer raffles to do a hands-on enrichment activity for selected Zoo animals later that day! The drawing will take place at 2:30 PM and winners must be present to win. 

June 29: Evening Lecture Series: Cheetah Outreach, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

April Davis of Cheetah Outreach will explore the organization's unique approach to predator conservation, enrichment program, and nutrition research of cheetahs in Africa. There is a $5 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. This lecture, taking place in the Hanson Exploration Station, is part of the Evening Lecture Series, sponsored by Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo Volunteer Association. 

July

July 7: Kids & Kritters: Wild Inspirations Artists Reception, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

The Fairfield Arts Center, The Cardinal Shehan Center, and Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo will present Kids & Kritters: Wild Inspirations, an art exhibit featuring 28 original works by the talented children of The Cardinal Shehan Center and local "Pigcassos" and "Van Gophers" from Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo. This opening reception with the human and animal artists is FREE and open to the public. Please RSVP by calling the Education Department at 203-394-6563. Exhibit will be on display through Labor Day, September 5.

July 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 Animal Tales, 1:00 PM

Visit us for story time, a special craft and even an animal encounter each weekday. FREE with Zoo admission. Families with children under age 6 are welcome.

July 11-15, 18-22, 25-29: 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 Zoo members and $150/child for non-members. Week one is for children ages 6 - 8; week two is for children ages 9 - 11; week three is for children ages 12 - 14. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please call 203-394-6563. 

July 20-24, 27-31: Connecticut Free Shakespeare presents The Three Musketeers, 8:00 PM

Connecticut Free Shakespeare celebrates another extraordinary summer at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo by presenting "The Three Musketeers" by Alexandre Dumas. Performance begins at 8:00 PM, Zoo opens for picnics at 6:30 PM. All shows at the Peacock Pavilion. Show cancels if inclement weather. FREE. For more information, call 203-393-3213 or visit www.ctfreeshakespeare.org.

July 20: Evening Lecture Series: South African Adventure, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Experience the wildlife of South Africa up close through the footage of rhinos, elephants, giraffes, lions, sea turtles, dolphins, and great white sharks filmed by Michael Sanders. Sanders worked as a wildlife videographer for the Eastern Cape Parks Board and will share his experiences during this lively presentation. There is a $5 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. This lecture, taking place in the Hanson Exploration Station, is part of the Evening Lecture Series, sponsored by Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo Volunteer Association.

August

August 1-5, 8-12: 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 Zoo members and $150/child for non-members. Week one is for children ages 6 - 8; week two is for children ages 9 - 11. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please call 203-394-6563. 

August 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29-31: Animal Tales, 1:00 PM

Visit us for story time, a special craft, and even an animal encounter each weekday. FREE with Zoo admission. Families with children under age 6 are welcome.

August 17: Evening Lecture Series: Take a Virtual Trip to Iceland, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Gerri Griswold helps us beat the heat with chilling, breathtaking photos and accounts from her 14 expeditions to this beautiful land of ice. There is a $5 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. This lecture, taking place in the Hanson Exploration Station, is part of the Evening Lecture Series, sponsored by Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo Volunteer Association.

August 20: Teddy Bear Fest, 12:00 PM - 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.