BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – February 24, 2023 – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo released plans today for the Zoo’s traditional summer children’s program, Zoo Patrol, for summer 2023. Six weeklong sessions are planned, covering dates from July 3 through August 11. There are three sessions for children ages 7-11, and three sessions for children ages 11-13. Registration begins at beardsleyzoo.org on February 27.
im Knox, the Zoo’s curator of education and father of three ‘Zoo Patrollers,’ said, "The Zoo Patrol experience is a program like no other which brings the wonder of the wild world into the hearts and minds of young children. My three kids were so excited about their time in Zoo Patrol. We talked about it every night over dinner...and then, we signed up for more!"
Each day, children will explore a different area of the zoo and have a custom guided experience. They'll explore how the animals are cared for through presentations and projects on enrichment, training, diet, habitat care, and more.
Zoo Patrol runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with drop-off from 8:50-9:10 and pick-up at 12:30 p.m. The cost of the weeklong program is $225 for Zoo members, and $250 for non-members.
All children must be signed in and out by an adult at the Research Station. Children should bring a non-refrigerable snack, mask, water, and anything else they may need for a day outside at the Zoo. Sunscreen is recommended.
For more information, email programming@beardsleyzoo,org, or go to beardsleyzoo.org.
About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo
Let Your Curiosity Run Wild! Connecticut’s only zoo, celebrating its 101st year, features 350 animals representing primarily North and South American and Northern Asian species. Guests won’t want to miss our Amur tiger and leopards, maned wolves, Mexican gray wolves and red wolves. Other highlights include our Spider Monkey Habitat, the prairie dog exhibit, and the Pampas Plain with giant anteaters and Chacoan peccaries. Guests can grab a bite from the Peacock Café and eat in the Picnic Grove. As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and participant in its Species Survival Plan (SSP) programs, the non-profit Zoo is committed to the preservation of endangered animals and wild habitats. Tickets must be purchased on the Zoo’s website at beardsleyzoo.org.
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