BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - July 1, 2014 - Thanks to funding from Energize Connecticut, an initiative dedicated to empowering Connecticut citizens to make smart energy choices, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo and Stepping Stones Museum for Children are teaming up to bring an exciting educational experience to Connecticut's only zoo's this summer. A temporary addition to the zoo's educational offerings, the museum's Conservation QuestMaze is installed at the zoo through Labor Day. The Conservation Quest Maze is one of the energy exhibits and programs sponsored by Energize Connecticut in partnership with Connecticut Light & Power and the United Illuminating Company.
In keeping with a joint commitment to inspire children to become good environmental stewards, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo and Stepping Stones Museum for Children invite visitors to take a fun, interactive journey through the Conservation QuestMaze. The maze teaches children and families valuable lessons about energy - what it is, where it comes from, how it's used, and why it's so important to use it wisely. The 2,200-square-foot, visually spectacular maze, which is located near the carousel, provides facts and challenges visitors to take responsibility by using less energy. Only by making good choices can visitors find their way out of the maze. They also are encouraged to make personal commitments to conserve energy, protect the planet, and promote healthy living. Enjoying the maze is included in the price of zoo admission.
The Conservation QuestMaze:
Explores energy use at home, in business, manufacturing, and transportation;
Compares non-renewable and renewable sources of energy;
Presents ways to save with light bulbs, electricity, and recycling;
Shows what happens to trash and offers solutions to reduce what ends up in landfills; and
Examines energy-saving inventions and the future of energy.
"Conservation is a key component of our mission, so any time we can educate our visitors about what they can do to protect the earth - and make it entertaining and engaging at the same time - we seize the opportunity," explained Gregg Dancho, zoo director. "We couldn't be more thrilled to partner with Stepping Stones Museum for Children to bring this exhibit to the zoo this summer and we've very thankful to Energize Connecticut for making it possible."
"Thanks to the continued support of Energize Connecticut, we are able to bring the Conservation QuestMaze and its important energy conservation messages to Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo," said Rhonda Kiest, President and CEO of Stepping Stones Museum for Children. "We are excited and we hope the zoo's visitors of all ages will find simple ways to become environmental stewards and make thoughtful choices about energy use. We are grateful to Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo for their support as fantastic community partners and for hosting this important, interactive, and fun museum experience at this unique venue."
Since 2009, the Conservation QuestMaze has helped hundreds of thousands of children learn important energy conservation messages, inspiring them to make thoughtful choices about energy use to help protect the planet and promote healthy living. It has been touring schools, libraries, community centers, children's museums, science centers, and nature centers across the country. Last year, the Conservation Quest Maze was hosted at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk and the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Mystic.
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