The Zoo Patrol at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo will be for youngsters ages 6-14 this summer.
The zoo has been running its Zoo Patrol for 16 years. Children get a week of zoo-based activities, tours and behind-the-scenes experiences. Each day patrollers tour an area of the zoo (rain forest, predators, farmyard, hoofstock) and have a special presentation by the zoo’s keeper staff.
The activities may include making enrichment items for the animals, watching training procedures, learning about new exhibits and more. Each week also offers some zoo presentations and introduction to its education animal collection. At the camp, there will be zoo-related games, crafts and activities for the younger groups. The sessions for the older children may include hands-on activities involving tracking, scientific observation and artifact identification.
Zoo Patrollers also take part in all special summer shows offered by the zoo. Each day includes time for a snack and a little air-conditioned break.
Special Friday activities include a carousel ride and a trip to the gift shop. Sessions are scheduled for children ages 6 to 8, 9 to 11 and 12 to 14. Zoo Patrol takes place in the zoo’s research station and throughout zoo grounds. Children arrive at 9 a.m. and leave at 12:30.
Weeks offered: July 8-12 for 6 to 8 year olds, July 15-19 for 9 to 11 year olds; July 22-26 for 6 to 8 year olds; July 29-Aug. 2 for 12 to 14 year olds; Aug. 5-9 for 9 to 11 year olds and Aug. 12-16 for 6 to 8 year olds.
Cost is $130 per week for members, $155 for non-members. Information and registration forms are at beardsleyzoo.org. Parents may also call the education department for more information at 203-394-6563.