Events

The talented staff and contributors to Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo design special events and programs throughout the year. Our beautiful grounds also provide the perfect setting for a variety of musical concerts. Visit this portion of our site often to see what’s coming up!

 

April 2014

  • Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:30am - 11:15am

    This monthly 45-minute program for children 22 months to 4 years, who are accompanied by an adult, may include stories, games, activities, crafts, and live animals. This session, entitled "Fur, Feathers, and Scales" will explore the differences between mammals, reptiles and birds. The cost is $10 for Zoo members and one child; $15 for non-members and one child. Participants may sign up for either April 8 or 9. To make a reservation, pre-register by calling the Zoo's Education Department at 203-394-6563.

  • Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:30am - 11:15am

    This monthly 45-minute program for children 22 months to 4 years, who are accompanied by an adult, may include stories, games, activities, crafts, and live animals. This session, entitled "Fur, Feathers, and Scales" will explore the differences between mammals, reptiles and birds. The cost is $10 for Zoo members and one child; $15 for non-members and one child. Participants may sign up for either April 8 or 9. To make a reservation, pre-register by calling the Zoo's Education Department at 203-394-6563.

  • Wed, 04/16/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

    The Zoo's evening lecture series engages audiences of all ages, especially lifelong learners, who have an appetite for delving deeper into the wonders of wildlife. Attending these programs allows visitors to live vicariously through our experts, who often have had incredible close encounters with creatures across the globe. In this lecture, Stefanie Morton will guide us on an unforgettable journey to the Galapagos Islands. Beautiful photos will illustrate the unique geology and biology of these remote islands. Don't miss this opportunity to share close encounters with Blue-footed Boobies, Giant Land Iguanas, Galapagos Sea Lions and many other interesting creatures. $5 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. Location: Hanson Exploration Station. Sponsored by Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo Volunteer Association.

  • Sat, 04/26/2014 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

    Join Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo to celebrate the 44th anniversary of Earth Day! Our Earth Day event on April 26 and 27 is about encouraging local, organic, earth-friendly choices as a way of promoting better health for our planet and ourselves. Environmentally friendly vendors will be on hand with everything from green cleaning products and recycled fashion accessories to better lawn care for you and wildlife! We'll have a special citizen science corner to learn about online science projects you and your family can participate in. Come learn what you can do to make the planet a healthier place for you and your family.

  • Sun, 04/27/2014 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

    Join Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo to celebrate the 44th anniversary of Earth Day! Our Earth Day event on April 26 and 27 is about encouraging local, organic, earth-friendly choices as a way of promoting better health for our planet and ourselves. Environmentally friendly vendors will be on hand with everything from green cleaning products and recycled fashion accessories to better lawn care for you and wildlife! We'll have a special citizen science corner to learn about online science projects you and your family can participate in. Come learn what you can do to make the planet a healthier place for you and your family.

May 2014

  • Sun, 05/11/2014 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

    Connecticut's only zoo wants to thank all moms working so hard throughout the year. Bring your mom to the Zoo on Mother's Day and her ticket is on us! Enjoy this special day together by visiting our animals or having lunch in our Peacock Pavilion.

  • Tue, 05/13/2014 - 10:30am - 11:15am

    This monthly 45-minute program, for children 22 months to four years who are accompanied by an adult, may include stories, games, crafts, and a live animal presentation. This session, "Garden Critters" will focus on animals that like gardens. $10 for Zoo members and one child; $15 for non-members and one child. Participants may sign up for either May 13 or 14. To reserve a space in the program, pre-register by calling the Zoo's Education Department at 203-394-6563.

  • Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:30am - 11:15am

    This monthly 45-minute program, for children 22 months to four years who are accompanied by an adult, may include stories, games, crafts, and a live animal presentation. This session, "Garden Critters" will focus on animals that like gardens. $10 for Zoo members and one child; $15 for non-members and one child. Participants may sign up for either May 13 or 14. To reserve a space in the program, pre-register by calling the Zoo's Education Department at 203-394-6563.

  • Sat, 05/17/2014 - 9:00am - 3:30pm

    Endangered species awareness events encourage people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered animals and plants and what actions can be taken to help preserve their future. Participate in a scavenger hunt featuring exotic and domestic endangered animals. Sponsored by the Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo's American Association of Zoo Keeper's chapter.

  • Sat, 05/17/2014 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

    Veterans and active service personnel are free, and their family (up to 6 individuals) receives a 15% discount on admission.

  • Sat, 05/17/2014 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm

    Join the Zoo for Pet Awareness and Adoption Day. From regional animal adoption and rescue organizations, you'll learn about the wonderful animals we live with every day - our pets! We'll host experts on pet care and safety, present crafts for the kids and other surprises. Take part and learn about caring for your family's best friend.

  • Wed, 05/21/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

    The Zoo's evening lecture series engage audiences of all ages, especially lifelong learners, who have an appetite for delving deeper into the wonders of wildlife. Attending these programs allows visitors to live vicariously through our experts, who often have had incredible close encounters with creatures across the globe. Everyone loves penguins, and they are the subject of this month's lecture. Ecotourist visitation of penguin colonies is a very popular pastime around the world. In Patagonia, Argentina, numerous penguin colonies are open for tourist visitation, but the visitation varies in intensity and history. Brian Walker will share some of the history of tourist visitation for penguin colonies in Patagonia, and talk about some of the studies done over the years to examine the effects of tourist visitation on the penguins that are so popular. $5 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. Location: Hanson Exploration Station. Sponsored by Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo Volunteer Association.

June 2014

  • Wed, 06/18/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

    The Zoo's evening lecture series engage audiences of all ages, especially lifelong learners, who have an appetite for delving deeper into the wonders of wildlife. Attending these programs allows visitors to live vicariously through our experts, who often have had incredible close encounters with creatures across the globe. The lecture topic this month is Bengali Beasts -- People, parks and predation: mitigating livestock-tiger conflicts through risk mapping. Jennie Miller from the Yale School of Forestry and  Environmental Studies will present her research on tiger/human conflicts in India and the creative and scientific solutions helping to conserve one of our planets most endangered cats.  $5 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. Location: Hanson Exploration Station. Sponsored by Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo Volunteer Association.

July 2014

  • Wed, 07/16/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

    The Zoo's evening lecture series engage audiences of all ages, especially lifelong learners, who have an appetite for delving deeper into the wonders of wildlife. Attending these programs allows visitors to live vicariously through our experts, who often have had incredible close encounters with creatures across the globe. This month, Chris Vann, nuisance wildlife biologist for the DEEP, will discuss the growing population of coyotes in Connecticut, the risks they pose, and popular misconceptions about them. He will also examine the coyote’s migration from the Midwest, breeding with the Grey Wolf along the way, resulting in many eastern coyotes containing wolf DNA, and explain why Connecticut coyotes are larger than western ones. $5 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. Location: Hanson Exploration Station. Sponsored by Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo Volunteer Association.

August 2014

  • Wed, 08/20/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

    The Zoo's evening lecture series engage audiences of all ages, especially lifelong learners, who have an appetite for delving deeper into the wonders of wildlife. Attending these programs allows visitors to live vicariously through our experts, who often have had incredible close encounters with creatures across the globe. This month's lecture topic is Tree-top highways -- Exploring canopy highways: understanding how primates navigate through the rainforest. Kevin McLean from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies is exploring arboreal monkey movement behavior in the rainforest canopy. Get the rush hour report from Panama – it’s a jungle out there! $5 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. Location: Hanson Exploration Station. Sponsored by Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo Volunteer Association.

September 2014

  • Wed, 09/17/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

    The Zoo's evening lecture series engage audiences of all ages, especially lifelong learners, who have an appetite for delving deeper into the wonders of wildlife. Attending these programs allows visitors to live vicariously through our experts, who often have had incredible close encounters with creatures across the globe. Sam Fried spent a week in Churchill, Manitoba, expecting to see ice, snow, bears and winter birds. It turned out differently than planned, leading to a lot of questions and not many good answers. What happens to the polar bears of Hudson Bay when the bay doesn't freeze on time? And what happens to the birds that are migrating in and out of Churchill. Join us for an evening of spectacular photos, some answers and more questions. $5 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. Location: Hanson Exploration Station. Sponsored by Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo Volunteer Association.