Wild Wind, Beer & Food Safari – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Save the date for our “Wild Wine, Beer & Food Safari” on June 2.

Join us for a fabulous night of great food from local vendors, as well as spirits from around the world and close to home. There will be great live music, an amazing silent auction, and much more!

Tickets are on sale! Remember to purchase early, as this event has sold out two years in a row!

Tickets are $50 each for groups of four or more, $55 for individual tickets and $60 at the door (if available).

If you’d like to become a volunteer, food or wine vendor, sponsor of this event, or if you would like to donate an item for our auction, please contact Emily Bobowick at 203-394-6569.

Hosted by Wine Emporium of Shelton. To learn more visit: http://www.beardsleyzoo.org/

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Come Celebrate Our 90th Birthday!

It’s our birthday, and we’re having a party on May 19 from 10 to 2. Kids of all ages will enjoy activities galore and spectacular surprises all day long. You never know who will be here with special birthday greetings and tasty treats to share…so plan to be here and bring the whole family! http://www.beardsleyzoo.org/

Donuts and Dinos

8 a.m. on Saturday, April 21
Meet Dr. Dino this Saturday at Donuts and Dinos! This exclusive event includes continental breakfast, special animal encounters, scavenger hunt, and a chance to be photographed up close with the dinosaurs. Take home a special gift – a real dinosaur fossil!
Cost: $19 per person for Zoo members
$24 for non-members
Email Lheckerson@brevardzoo.org by Wednesday to reserve your spot.

Celebrate Earth Day at Sequoia Park Zoo for Free!

Times-Standard sponsorship facilitates free admission for all on Sunday, April 22

March 28, 2012—Earth Day is April 22, and what better way to celebrate than with the planet’s amazing and diverse wildlife? Sequoia Park Zoo and more than 100 other top zoos and aquariums across North America are throwing the 6th Annual Party for the Planet™ – the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America—and everyone can join the festivities for free!

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Times Standard, everyone can visit Sequoia Park Zoo for free on Sunday, April 22. “We are thrilled to have the Times-Standard as the 2012 Platinum Tamarin event sponsor again this year.” said Nicole Spencer, Foundation Director of Development & Communications. “One very nice perk that we reserve for our top three event sponsors is to give them the opportunity to sponsor a “free day” at the zoo. We’re really excited that Times Standard chose to sponsor Earth Day.”

“We are planning conservation-focused activities which will have a direct benefit to wildlife,” says Zoo Manager Gretchen Ziegler. “We’ll have fun things for kids to do, engaging activities for adults, plus things for the whole family to do together. Stay tuned for more information as Earth Day approaches.”

Sequoia Park Zoo also encourages visitors to participate in an e-waste recycling program that benefits wildlife and wild habitat through an on-going program at the Zoo called Eco-Cell. Eco-Cell collects and refurbishes electronic devices for use in developing countries, or recycles their components for use. By re-using components, Eco-Cell helps lessen the impact of mining in sensitive gorilla habitat in Africa, where most of the metal used in cell phone components is found. On top of that, Eco-Cell makes a donation to Sequoia Park Zoo for each phone recycled. Visitors can drop off their old cell phones and hand-held devices in the Eco-Cell bin just inside the Zoo entrance.

Admission is free all day on Sunday, April 22 and special activities will be offered during the hours of 12-2 p.m. Sequoia Park Zoo is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you haven’t been to the Zoo in a while, this is a great opportunity to visit and check out the most recent improvements.

For more information on this fun-filled day, visit www.sequoiaparkzoo.net. Sequoia Park Zoo connects the community with animals to inspire wonder, understanding and conservation of wildlife and the natural world. The Zoo is located at 3414 W St. in Eureka, CA.

Baby Orangutan born at Birmingham Zoo

The Zoo congratulates Evan Lucia for submitting the winning name of Nairi for the baby orangutan. Five-year-old Evan attends God’s House Kindergarten in Vestavia. He chose Nairi because he liked the sound of the name and its Indonesian meaning – “kind one.” Evan will receive an Adopt-an-Animal package for Nairi, a tour of the Animal Nutrition Center, a Zoo Fun Pack, a photo opportunity with an educational animal that includes a Keeper, a private Keeper chat, as well as special recognition on the Zoo’s website.

Nairi was born via C-section on December 13, 2011. Her birth is a significant event because it supports the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan’s® mission to cooperatively manage specific – and typically threatened or endangered – species population within AZA-accredited Zoos and Aquariums. Visitors can view Nairi on exhibit as she enjoys time with her mother.

For more information about the Birmingham Zoo, please visit www.birminghamzoo.com

Robots Come To Life at RoboFest

Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. GREENSBORO, NC

What do LEGO® robots, liquid crystals, nanotech scientists, and old computers have in common? They will all be featured at the Natural Science Center’s (NSC) RoboFest: Robots and Recycling event on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This spectacular event, part of the North Carolina Science Festival, celebrates science and technology and will be something the whole family will enjoy!

Inside the Center’s Robotics arena, see how the NSC’s student robotic teams move computer programmed LEGO® bricks robots through challenges with other robots from around the world. High school teams will be on hand to move a large robot through its paces. Visitors young and old can run a robot buggy, create engineering activities and free build with thousands of bricks, thanks to a LEGO® Blueprints Showcase grant.

In the NanoScience gallery, visitors can experiment with liquid crystals and ferrofluids (liquids which form amazing shapes when exposed to magnetic fields), form molecule models, and interact with scientists one-on-one who are conducting cutting edge research in the emerging field of nanotechnology.

Outside, adults and children can meet Piedmont Authority Regional Transportation’s Scooter the Commuter and explore a Duke Energy electric car. The Natural Science Center has teamed up with 5R Processors, Ltd. to also make this a recycling event! Visitors are encouraged to bring in old cell phones, printers, dead computers, aluminum cans and old electronics to recycle and make the biggest and coolest “robo-recycled graveyard” ever! No hazardous waste or items with freon will be accepted. Drop off location will be in the NSC’s parking lot. To see a complete list of items that will and won’t be accepted, visit www.natsci.org.

Franklin Park Zoo – April Vacation Week – Urban Wildlife

Ever wonder what animals are living in your backyard? Get up close with some of the animals you might find living in your backyard here in Massachusetts!

We still have spaces available for the Urban Wildlife program at Franklin Park Zoo! This camp for 6 – 11 year olds runs daily Tuesday, April 17 through Friday, April 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Franklin Park Zoo. Pre-registration is required.

For more information, or to register today, please call 617-989-3742 or e-mail education@zoonewengland.com

Springtime is Storytime at Sequoia Park Zoo

Sequoia Park Zoo is delighted to announce a new partnership with the Ink People for the Arts’ North Coast Storytellers program.

“It’s long been a dream to offer a storytelling program here at the Zoo,” says Education Coordinator Amber Neilson. “Animals are central to many of the most popular myths, legends, and fables, and can be a powerful vehicle for teaching about many different aspects of our lives and our world.”

Storytime at the Zoo will be free with zoo entry and will take place in the classroom from 1:00-1:45 on Saturday April 14, Saturday May 12, and Saturday June 9. The lineup is as follows (other storytellers may join these sessions, subject to availability):

April 14: Alli Freedlund
Ali has lived on the North Coast for over 30 years. Many of her stories are a celebration of this beautiful area and the many creatures that live here. Through these stories, Ali hopes to empower all ages to love and respect this place and each other.

May 12: Mary Lawrence and Dan O’Gara
Mary Lawrence is a former actress, drama instructor and award-winning classroom teacher. For many years, Mary wrote, directed and produced plays for children. She enjoys telling a wide variety of tales, especially stories with a bit of magic and surprise.

Dan is the founder of the Storytelling Festival by the Sea, and learned many tales when teaching in South America. He brings a treasury of tales from many lands and cultures, but near to his heart are the legends from his home on the North Coast.

June 9: Nancy McMillan
Nancy is a professional storyteller who was instrumental in the creation of the South Coast Storytellers Guild in Southern California. She is a librarian, loves to tell stories with humor and action, and also runs a Storytelling Club for children.

The North Coast Storytellers (http://northcoaststorytellers.inkpeople.org/North_Coast_Storytellers/) are committed to working together to support, promote, and perpetuate the art, craft and values of storytelling through education and performance.

Sequoia Park Zoo is located at 3414 W St. in Eureka. For more information, visit www.sequoiaparkzoo.net or call (707) 441-4263.

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