Unplug and Explore This Summer at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

Date: 
Fri, 04/19/2013

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - April 19, 2013 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is pleased to release its calendar for late April through August 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. Please check BeardsleyZoo.org or Facebook for the most up to date information.

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.

Late April 2013

NEW! 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.

JUST ADDED! April 27: Monroe Day at the Zoo, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is proud to invite all Monroe residents to come to the Zoo for a reduced admission fee of just $5 with proper I.D. Meet and greet with town officials, business and civic leaders, friends, and neighbors during a fun filled day for the whole family. Spend the day visiting new animals at the Zoo and enjoying the great outdoors. This event is presented in partnership with the Town of Monroe.

NEW! April 28: Autism Friendly Family Day
As part of Autism Awareness Month, we'll have an 8:30 am early open for families to become familiar with the environment. Buy one, get one free: With every $12 adult ticket purchased, receive 1 child ticket free ($10 savings). Children under 3 are free. An Autism Speaks representative has trained zoo staff and a quiet area will be available for your family's convenience. Pre-register at http://bit.ly/16RvsTH and check in at the Autism Speaks table outside the zoo entrance to take part in this discount. Presented by Autism Speaks and Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo.

May 2013

May 4: Animal Enrichment Day, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Animal Enrichment Day gives visitors an opportunity to learn about how Zoo staff enhances the mental and physical well being of our animals. Join us for four interactive enrichment making activities at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, and 2:30 pm. Listen as Zoo staff explains the demonstrations, see a display of enrichment items used at the Zoo, participate in enrichment games including bowling, foraging, and a "test your sniffer" challenge, and make your own bird feeder and other crafts!

May 12: 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 moms working so hard throughout the year. Enjoy this special day visiting our animals or having lunch in our Peacock Pavilion.

May 14 & 15: Zoo Tots, 10:30 am
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. To reserve a space in the program, pre-register by calling the Zoo's Education Department at 203-394-6563.

May 15: Evening Lecture Series: Horseshoe Crabs -
Living Legends, 7:00 pm
Join Jennifer Mattei, co-director of Project Limulus, on a short trip to Asia and back again to Long Island Sound. Learn about the new conservation efforts to keep horseshoe crab populations at a sustainable level. Learn why horseshoe crabs are harvested worldwide for health products, how they are important to the Long Island Sound ecosystem, and how to become a volunteer Citizen Scientist! $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.

May 17 - 19: Endangered Species Weekend, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Started by United States Senate proclamation, 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! Scavenger hunters may enter a random drawing to win a $100 sponsorship of an endangered animal through the World Wildlife Fund. Sponsored by Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo AAZK Chapter.

May 18: Armed Forces Day
Veterans and active service people are free and their family (up to 6 individuals) receives a 15% discount on admission.

May 25: Farming Fever, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Join us for an afternoon of learning about farm animals and farming with former Connecticut resident Chris Rowlands, an entertainer who's famous for getting everyone involved. Children are invited to wear fun hats and sing along with Rowlands on stage as he shares his self-penned songs including "Cud Chewing," a tribute to cows! Sponsored by the Fairfield County Farm Bureau.
 
May 29: Evening Lecture Series:
The Penguins of Argentina, 7:00 pm
Everyone loves penguins - and ecotourist visitation to penguin colonies is one of the newest crazes. In Patagonia, Argentina, numerous penguin colonies are open for tourist visitation. Learn about the history of tourist visitation to penguin colonies in Patagonia and some of the studies examining the effects tourists have on these penguins that are so popular! $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.

June 2013

June 1: Milford Day at the Zoo, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is proud to invite all Milford residents to come to the Zoo for a reduced admission fee of just $5 with proper I.D. Meet and greet with town officials, business and civic leaders, friends, and neighbors during a fun filled day for the whole family. Spend the day visiting new animals at the Zoo and enjoying the great outdoors. This event is presented in partnership with the Town of Milford.

June 8: Town of Seymour Day at the Zoo, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is proud to invite all Seymour residents to come to the Zoo for a reduced admission fee of just $5 with proper I.D. Meet and greet with town officials, business and civic leaders, friends, and neighbors during a fun filled day for the whole  family. Spend the day visiting new animals at the Zoo and enjoying the great outdoors. This event is presented in partnership with the Town of Seymour.

June 8: World Oceans Day, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Come learn about the world's oceans at Connecticut's only zoo.

June 8: Wild Wine, Beer & Food Safari,
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for a fabulous night of great food from local vendors and spirits from around the world and close to home. There will be great live music, an amazing silent auction, and much more! Hosted by Wine Emporium of Shelton. $50 each for groups of four or more; $55 for individual tickets; $60 at the door (if available). To volunteer, be a food or wine vendor, sponsor this event, purchase tickets, or donate an auction item, contact Emily Bobowick at 203-394-6569.

June 15: Newtown Day at the Zoo, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is proud to invite all Newtown residents to come to the Zoo for a reduced admission fee of just $5 with proper I.D. Meet and greet with town officials, business and civic leaders, friends, and neighbors during a fun filled day for the whole family. Spend the day visiting new animals at the Zoo and enjoying the great outdoors. This event is presented in partnership with the Town of Newtown.

June 16: Father's Day
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is celebrating all dads today. Spend quality time with dad this Father's Day - join him at the Zoo today and he gets in FREE! While at the Zoo, be sure to visit some of our animal dads, Rizzo the North American otter, Hamton the Guinea hog, and D.J. the Pronghorn, to name a few.

June 19: Evening Lecture Series: Kayaking with Nature along the Connecticut Waterways, 7:00 pm
Explore native wildlife, wild flowers, and wild weather with Jeff Feldmann as he leads this virtual kayak ride. Jeff Feldmann, a nature photographer par excellence, will take you on a journey along the Connecticut waterways that you will never forget. See an exquisite winter sunrise taken at the Rocky Hill ferry site. Vicariously paddle down the river during a thunderstorm, and watch a little, green heron catch its breakfast. $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.

June 22: Bluefish Day at the Zoo, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fans will have an opportunity to meet and greet with team officials, players, and B.B. the Bluefish while having a fun filled day for the whole family.

July 2013
 
July 4: Red, White, & Blue Animal Scavenger Hunt,
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
This self-guided hunt will challenge visitors to find all of the animals sporting patriotic colors. (Ex. red wolf, white swans, (blue) poison dart frog) - and many more! Enjoy a special "Animal Bytes" presentation about the American Bald Eagle.

July 5: Barnum Birthday Bash at the Zoo,
Noon - 1:00 pm
Don't miss the 203rd Barnum's Birthday Bash in celebration of P.T. Barnum, famed showman, philanthropist, and one of Bridgeport's best-known citizens at Connecticut's only zoo. The party will feature a hilarious stage show, "Barnum's World of Wonder and Magic," which will educate and entertain. Learn how Barnum changed the face of entertainment, not only in America, but internationally. Show and clown noses free with zoo admission. Rain or shine.

July 8 - August 16: Zoo Patrol, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Zoo Patrol offers children the opportunity to participate in keeper talks, behind-the-scenes tours, animal related games, and crafts. Hands-on lab activities and nature studies may also be a part of the program. Sessions run on zoo grounds Monday through Friday. Each week is $130/child for Zoo members and $155/child for non-members. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please call 203-394-6563.

July 14: Zoo Day at the Bluefish, 1:05 pm
The Bridgeport Bluefish will celebrate Zoo Day at the Bluefish stadium while hosting their arch rivals, the Long Island Ducks! Zoo staff will be inside the stadium offering special drawings for great prizes and Zoo merchandise, while sharing information about the new animals coming to Connecticut's only zoo this summer.

July 14 - 20: National Zoo Keeper Week
Our zoo keepers are both educators and wildlife ambassadors who not only keep our animals healthy and happy but also teach our visitors about conservation. Come to the zoo this week, say hello to our zoo keepers, and enjoy the fun-filled activities they have in store for you - including a super fun kids scavenger hunt!

July 17: Evening Lecture Series:
Through the Eyes of Africa, 7:00 pm
Meet Dr. Jay Walshon, who has written a series of EYE SEE YOU children's books featuring amazing photos from his many trips that take the reader on an African "who am I" journey. The wonderful images, riddles, and rhymes create a unique game for children, and for the child in all of us. Dr. Walshon's books instill an intimate appreciation of nature, promote a love of animals, encourage the exploration of foreign lands, and introduce the beauty of photography by interconnecting the innocents of the world - our children and the animals who share our planet. $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.

July 26 - August 11: Family Favorite Chris Rowlands LIVE, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm daily
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. Free with paid admission to the Zoo. Each performance is 30-35 minutes long.

 August 2013

August 1- August 16: Zoo Patrol, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Zoo Patrol offers children the opportunity to participate in keeper talks, behind-the-scenes tours, animal related games, and crafts. Hands-on lab activities and nature studies may also be a part of the program. Sessions run on zoo grounds Monday through Friday. Each week is $130/child for Zoo members and $155/child for non-members. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please call 203-394-6563.

August 3: Teddy Bear Fest, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
Bring your favorite teddy bear friend to the Zoo! This "beary" fun day will feature children's crafts and storytelling focusing on Bear Awareness and the facts about real bears. Free admission for children under age 12 who bring their teddy bear to the "Teddy Bear Clinic" and are accompanied by a paying adult. Rain date: August 10.

August 21: Evening Lecture Series: The Call of the Apes, 7:00 pm
The white-handed gibbon is a threatened Southeast Asian ape species known for its pair bonding and sophisticated vocal behavior, including the complex song duets of mating pairs. Learn about Dr. Terleph's investigation into these fascinating songs and behaviors. He will recount his recent experiences recording from a large, free-living population of gibbons in Khao Yai National Park, Thailand. $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.
 
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