Check Out The Zoo’s Events Lineup

News release from Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo:

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is thrilled to announce the launch of its Summer 2024 Calendar, packed with exciting events and educational programs from June through September. As temperatures rise, the Zoo becomes the perfect family getaway with an array of activities designed to engage all ages in wildlife conservation and fun.

tiger enclosure Beardsley zoo
Tiger enclosure at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo


June 1:  Kick off the month with Wild Wine Beer & Food Safari. This adult-only evening features local breweries and delicious cuisine amidst our wildlife exhibits.   Sample tastings from dozens of restaurants, caterers, wine & beer. Listen to live music, taste a Malbec with our monkeys, or sip a pilsner with our prairie dogs.  The Wild Wine, Beer, and Food Safari is one of the Zoo’s largest fundraisers, that benefits the care of endangered species, expansion of our exhibits, and educational programming. Click here for info and to get your tickets.

June 3: Submissions open today for the annual Photo Exhibition. Capture the beauty of nature and submit your best shots for a chance to be displayed at the Zoo.  The final exhibition will be hosted at the zoo on Wednesday, July 24th.  Click here for more and to enter your pics!

June 13: The popular Zoo Tots returns, offering engaging educational sessions for our youngest visitors.  Buzz, Buzz!  Learn about some of our most dynamic pollinators, the HoneyBee! ​This monthly 30-minute program, for children 22 months to four years who are accompanied by an adult, may include stories, games, crafts, and live animals.  Click here to register. 

June 15Skyhunters in Flight is back (!) every weekend June 15th through September 2nd. Watch birds of prey fly above as Master Falconer Brian Bradley demonstrates their special powers. Get a closer look at owls, hawks, and falcons from around the world, and learn how these beautiful birds play an important role in our environment at the top of the food chain.

June 16: Celebrate Father’s Day with dad, grandpa, your fatherly figures or bring the whole family!

June 19: Join an insightful Evening Lecture Series featuring Capturing Wildlife: How Best to Use your Trail Camera.  Trail cameras are infinitely patient and allow scientists, students, and any wildlife enthusiast to photograph the secret lives of wildlife in back yards and remote wilderness. Learn how to deploy cameras to document wildlife for science-fair projects, research, or just plain fun.  Click here to sign up today.

June 20: It’s national Bald Eagle Day and we have special activities planned with our very own, Kodiak. On this day in 1782 the Bald Eagle was designated our nation’s symbol.

June 22: Mark your calendar for World Rainforest Day and celebrate the importance of healthy, standing rainforests for climate, biodiversity, culture, and livelihoods, and convenes a global movement to protect and restore them. Visit our rainforest building and learn more about the different species that call the rainforest home!


Summer Animal Shows, Every Thurs and Fri in July at 11:00 AM and 2:00 pm in our Adventure Amphitheater. Do they fly? Walk? Swim? Slither? Creep or crawl? Come meet amazing Animal Ambassadors and their expert caregivers, to learn how animals explore their diverse environments in this year’s show Movin’ and Groovin’. Shows will be held Thursdays and Fridays at 11:00 AM and 2:00 pm in our adventure amphitheater!  Audiences of all ages are invited to visit the zoo this summer to attend one of our amazing summer shows! These shows are designed to spark a connection with wildlife and encourage caring for conservation.

July 4: Celebrate Independence Day by visiting the Zoo and our bald eagle Kodiak! In 1782, the bald eagle was adopted as the symbol for the United States of America.

July 16: Slither over and celebrate World Snake Day with an Emerald Tree Boa, Kingsnake, Boa Constrictor and more.

July 20: Don’t miss the Teddy Bear Festival, a day of fun and games.  Children are invited to bring their favorite plush toy to the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital “Clinic” for a health checkup.  The day is filled with healthy activities and education.  Hugs to our Teddy Bear Sponsor: CHET, Connecticut Higher Education Trust.

July 29: Join us for International Tiger Day, Zoo Educators will be on site to discuss and present tabletop displays that will celebrate this iconic animal. 1:00pm – 3:00pm.


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