Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Launches “Kids Are Free” for Summer on July 1

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Jun 302021

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo will launch its “Connecticut Kids Are Free” for summer program on Thursday, July 1, along with other museums, historical sites, and family attractions in Connecticut. Funded by the state through the American Rescue Plan, the Zoo will provide free admission to any Connecticut resident 18 years and younger, along with one accompanying adult.

Guests must register for free tickets online at www.beardsleyzoo.org. The program runs from July 1 through September 6.

The full list of participating museums is available at www.CTSummerMuseums.com.

In addition to “Kids Are Free,” the Zoo will conduct a special summer-long program called Food for Thought (FFT) in partnership with Cooperative Educational Services (CES) and Green Village Initiative (GVI). The program will teach students and families about the benefits of fresh, healthy food and how gardening and farming enrich our lives.

Zoo educators, along with teen volunteers from the Zoo’s Conservation Discovery Corps and Zoo Career Explorers, Zoo docents and gardeners, GVI educators and youth, and special guest presenters, will present interactive activities, demonstrations, and visits with animals five days a week at kiosks around the Zoo.

“We’re happy to offer an opportunity for children to explore nature, enjoy the outdoors and learn about wildlife after a long year of restricted activities,” said Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “We know the pandemic has been hardest on kids, so the opening of our renovated New England Farmyard on July 10 and the additional learning opportunities through our Food for Thought program will help to make it a great summer for everyone!”

“This program provides a unique opportunity for children to take advantage of the world-class museums and attractions offered in Connecticut, while having both a fun and educational experience,” Governor Lamont said.

The Zoo’s renovated New England Farmyard officially opens to the public on Saturday, July 10, and will be the site of many of the farm-based educational activities. The FFT program is especially vital now due to the economic and educational disruptions caused by the pandemic, which were felt more intensely in urban and low-income areas that already had limited access to healthy food choices. The activities at the Zoo centered around the benefits of fresh, healthy food will emphasize how individuals and families can build whole foods into the core of their diet.


Don’t Miss Orange Day at the Beardsley Zoo Oct. 1

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Oct 012016

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-12-36-54-pmAll year long Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has been hosting Town Days, offering residents of specific cities and towns a special $5 admission fee to visit the zoo grounds, and meet with town officials, elected officials business and civic leaders and your neighbors and friends.

The zoo saved Orange Day for the most pleasant season, when you can stroll around without sweating or freezing, enjoy a few changing leaves and laugh at the antics of the playful otters and the black-tailed prairie dogs.

Come to the Zoo, 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, today, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and show proof of residency for the $5 admission (that’s a savings of up to $10 per person).

You can visit the rainforest exhibit, occupied by the three-legged Brazilian Ocelot that gets along fine in her habitat, but wouldn’t survive in the wild; Howler Monkeys; Pygmy Marmosets; Red Rumped Agouti; Golden Lion Tamarin; Scarlet Ibis; and Poison Dart Frogs.

One of the most overlooked exhibits is the Victorian Greenhouse, — across from the Condor display — but once you’ve discovered it, you will come back to it every time. See hundreds of beautiful flowering and non flowering plants and a small indoor pond with giant goldfish (kids love it).

The baby Giant Anteater is now grown, but still a stunningly beautiful creature. The zoo’s special summer visitors — Penguines — will be leaving tomorrow.

Before you go, print out a scavenger hunt sheet and add a little extra education and a challenge to your visit.

NOTE: The weather forecasters are calling for on and off showers after 12 p.m. But it shouldn’t be a wash out. 





Don’t Forget Orange Day At The Zoo is Sunday Sept. 13!

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Sep 122015

beardsley zooThe Beardsley Zoo, will host Orange Day on Sunday, Sept. 13, and what a beautiful fall like day you will have for it.

All Orange Residents will be admitted for only $5 each with proof of residency. This special pricing is available for up to 6 guests.

Spend the day, see the new animals, ride the carousel and enjoy the entertainment.

Meet and greet town officials, elected officials, business and civic leaders, neighbors and friends.

The Giant Anteaters have finally taken residency in their new habitat and they are beautiful.

The Beardsley Zoo is a treasure and we are lucky to have it so nearby.

Originally Published on: Aug 11, 2015 @ 02:52

Second Publishing on: Sep 9, 2015 @ 13:22

Hurry and Submit Your Zoo Internship Applications Now

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Feb 022015

A zoo volunteer interacts with the goats.

A zoo volunteer interacts with the goats.

The Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport opened its gates to the public in 1922.

The zoo gives visitors an opportunity to see many beautiful, rare, exotic animals and birds in as natural a habitat as possible. And it’s just a short 12 mile drive from Orange.

Internships are available for college-level students and recent graduates in Animal Care, Education, Horticulture and Veterinary Care.

Interns assist zoo staff while learning valuable life lessons about their possible career choices. Internships are available in animal care, vet tech, education, horticulture and administration.

While there is no stipend, students may work for credit.

Prospective interns must be at least 18 years of age, a college undergraduate, or graduate student, or within three years after graduation.

Schedules are flexible and available year-round. There is an interview, application and training process.

The Summer Internship Application Deadline is quickly approaching, so call the Volunteer Office at 203-330-6046 today for more information.