Slither Into Spring at Connecticut’s Only Zoo

Date: 
Mon, 03/04/2013

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – March 4, 2013 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is pleased to release itsupdated calendar for March and April 2013. 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.

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 2013
March 9, Slither into Spring! 10:00 – 11:30 am
Meet three of our reptilian education ambassadors, “Marlena” the Iguana, “Baby” the seven-foot boa constrictor, and “Darth Gator,”a baby American alligator, and help make lunch for some of our other animal education ambassadors! After the program, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate by the fire. A sure cure for the winter doldrums!$10 for adults, $15 for kids 6 and up. Program not recommended for kids under age 6. Registration required; limited to 30 participants. To register, call 203-394-6563. Program attendees receive 1/2 off kid's Zoo admission with regular paid adult admission on day of program only.

March 12 & 13, Zoo Tots, 10:30 am
This 45-minute program, which is for children 22 months to four years who are accompanied by an adult, may include stories, activities, crafts, and live animals. This session, entitled "Animal March," will explore how animals move. The cost is $10 for Zoo members and one child, and $15 for non-members and one child. To make a reservation, 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 shake your shamrock, groove your green, and ease on down the road 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!

April 2013
April 9 & 10, Zoo Tots, 10:30 am
This monthly 45-minute program, which is for children 22 months to four years who are accompanied by an adult, may include stories, games, activities, crafts, and live animals. This session, entitled "Where Do I Live?" will feature animal habitats. $10 for Zoo members and one child, and $15 for non-members and one child. To make a reservation, pre-register by calling the Zoo's Education Department at 203-394-6563.

April 17, Evening Lecture Series: Bat Chat with Dr. Miranda Dunbar, 7:00 pm
Dr.Miranda Dunbar is batty about bats! For nearly a decade, she has traveled the world to study these unique animals. Come join us as we shed some light on our nocturnal friends. We’ll share bat fun facts, debunk bat myths, discuss local bat species, their important roles in our environment, and what we can do to conserve this imperative group of animals. $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 13 & 14, Party for the Planet, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Join Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo to celebrate the 43rd 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 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.

JUST ADDED!
April 27, Pet Awareness and Adoption Day, Noon – 3:00 pm
Join the Zoo for Pet Awareness and Adoption Day. Together with 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.