There's Plenty to Do at the Zoo This Spring!

Date: 
Fri, 02/03/2012

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - February 3, 2012 -  Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is pleased to release its calendar for March, April, and May 2012, which includes highlights of upcoming programming for Summer 2012. The Zoo has fun events for the entire family all year round, most of which are free with the cost of admission. Calendar subject to change without notice. Please check BeardsleyZoo.org or Facebook for the most up to date information.

Celebrating its 90th birthday in 2012, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is closer than you think and 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.

March 2012

March 13 & 14, Zoo Tots, 10:30 am
This program, which is for children 18 months to three years who are accompanied by an adult, may include stories, activities, crafts, and live animals. This session, entitled "Animal Moves," will explore the way different animals get around. The cost is $10 for Zoo members and one child, and $15 for non-members and one child. To reserve a space in the program, pre-register by calling the Zoo's Education Department at 203-394-6563.

March 17, St. Patrick's Day
It's St. Patrick's Day! Time to shimmy your shamrock, go green, get jiggy, and groove your way to the Zoo! Kids in the Irish spirit wearing anything green today will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. One free child admission per adult. Don't miss our educational "Green Animal" scavenger hunt while you're here!

March 21, Evening Lecture Series: Take a Virtual Trip to Yellowstone National Park, 7:00 pm
Come see the home where the buffalo roam - experience the majesty of the animals and vistas of Yellowstone National Park. $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.

April 2012

April 9 & 10, Zoo Tots, 10:30 am
This monthly 45-minute program for children 18 months to three years, who are accompanied by an adult, may include stories, games, activities, crafts, and live animals.  This session, entitled "Animal Tales," will feature animal tails and their functions.  The cost is $10 for Zoo members and one child, and $15 for non-members and one child.  To reserve a space in the program, pre-register by calling the Zoo's Education Department at 203-394-6563.

April 17 - 19, International Bat Awareness Celebration, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Come learn all about the amazing world of bats! Activities will include scavenger hunts, crafts, story times, and bat box raffles. Program will begin in the Research Station. FREE with paid admission to the Zoo.

April 18, Evening Lecture Series: Bats, Bats, Bats, 7:00 pm
Dave LaMarche from Sacred Heart University has studied the feeding behaviors of Vampire bats, including the colony at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo.Celebrate the AZA's Year of the Bat at the Zoo with this batty lecture. $5 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. This program, taking place in the Hanson Exploration Station, is part of the Evening Lecture Series, sponsored by Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo Volunteer Association.

April 21 & 22, Party for the Planet, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Join Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo to celebrate the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day! Our Earth Day event 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 live music performed by The Mudpuppies and by The Environmental Hootenanny with Tom Calliman and Ann Shapiro. Both performances are at the Peacock Pavilion. Come learn what you can do to make the planet a healthier place for you and your family.

May 2012

May 2, Evening Lecture Series: The Carnivores of Africa, 7:00 pm
Andrew Stein will discuss Lions, Cheetahs and Leopards Oh My! Enjoy the ferocity and magnificence of Africa from the safety of your seat. $5 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. This program, taking place in the Hanson Exploration Station, is part of the Evening Lecture Series, sponsored by Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo Volunteer Association.

May 8 & 9, Zoo Tots, 10:30 am
This monthly 45-minute program for children 18 months to three years, who are accompanied by an adult, may include stories, games, crafts, and a live animal presentation.  This session, "Garden Critters," will explore our historic greenhouse and its collection as well as animals found in gardens. The cost is $10 for Zoo members and one child, and $15 for non-members and one child. To reserve a space in the program, pre-register by calling the Zoo's Education Department at 203-394-6563.

May 12, Dinosaur Day, Noon - 3:00 pm
Enjoy a day of dinosaurs and related activities at the Zoo. Dinosaur experts from around the state will bring information and artifacts on these fascinating pre historic creatures.

May 13, Mother's Day
Bring your mom to the Zoo on Mother's Day and her ticket is on us! Connecticut's only zoo wants to thank all those moms who work so hard throughout the year. Enjoy the special day visiting our animals or having a picnic lunch in our Peacock Pavilion.

May 16, Evening Lecture Series: Dinosaurs, 7:00 pm
Westminster biology and geology teacher Nick McDonald, who is regarded as the foremost authority on the paleontology of the Connecticut Valley, has written a new book titled "Window Into the Jurassic World." Take a giant leap back in time to visit the land of the dinosaurs. $5 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. This program, taking place in the Hanson Exploration Station, is part of the Evening Lecture Series, sponsored by Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo Volunteer Association.

PLANNING AHEAD FOR SUMMER!
 
June 23 - 30, July 26 - 31, and August 3 - 10, Family Favorite Chris Rowlands LIVE, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm
Famous for getting everyone involved, Rowlands brings animals to life through kid-friendly songs, dance, puppets, and colorful props. Chris creatively blends music, comedy, and education to create fast paced, interactive shows that teach and inspire young people. Children are invited to wear fun hats and sing along with Rowlands on stage as he shares his self- penned songs about animals and their environment. Show is free with paid admission to the Zoo and runs 30-35 minutes.

July 13-15, 18-22, Connecticut Free Shakespeare presents "Romeo and Juliet"
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.

August 1 - 31, Rainforest Reptile Shows
Back by popular demand! Rainforest Reptile Shows features exotic crawlers, unusual slithers, and fascinating creepers, all of which are creatures of the rainforest. Experience direct contact with live animals, artifacts, and fascinating stories about these unusual animals and their natural habitats. Meet "Fred," Rainforest Reptiles' 7-foot alligator. Show runs 30 minutes: Monday - Wednesday 12:30 pm, Thursday and Friday 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm. Visit the Zoo Reptile Trailer, a mobile exhibit featuring 40 live animal displays, open daily from 10:00 am - 3:30 pm. Show and Reptile Trailer are free with paid admission to the Zoo.

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