Zoo Events

Oct 5. (5-8 pm) — TedX Talk in Danbury
Education Curator Jim Knox takes part in a TedX event Oct. 5 at Danbury High School. A number of diverse and talented speakers will appear as part of this event, presenting new concepts that encourage us to learn more about our world and our own lives. Jim, whose talk is entitled “How a Shark Taught Him To See,” will discuss his fieldwork studying Great White Sharks, Grizzly Bears and African Lions. Come learn how our understanding of animal behavior can relate to everyday life. For more information, click here.

Oct. 7 (9 – 4) — Stratford Day
Admission for Stratford residents is only $5.00 per person with ID. Spend the day at the Zoo seeing all the new faces, riding the carousel, and enjoying the entertainment. Meet and greet local officials as well as business and civic leaders, your friends, and your neighbors.

Oct. 10 & 11 (10:30 – 11:15 am) — Zoo Tots
This program for children ages 22 months to 4 years accompanied by one adult includes a short activity, live animals and a simple craft. This month’s theme is Not So Scary. Cost is $10 for one member and child, $15 for one non-member and child. To register, email programming@beardsleyzoo.org or call 203-394-6563. Space is limited and program fills up quickly. Register early to secure your spot!

Oct. 14 (also 21, 27 & 28) (6:30 – 10 pm) — Howl-O-Ween
Don’t miss our annual Halloween-themed evenings, featuring activities and attractions geared towards guests ages 8-15 (although brave youngsters have found the event enjoyable!) Brave children (and parents) can enter our haunted attractions: The Haunted Hayride, Farmer Beardsley’s Farmstead, and the Ghastly Greenhouse. More timid guests can enjoy magic shows, face painting, fortune tellers, fire dancers, and more. Visit beardsleyzoo.org for more info and to purchase discounted pre-sale tickets.

Oct. 15-21 — Wolf Week
The Zoo is home to two Mexican gray wolves, and two Red wolves, all extremely rare and on the Endangered Species list. Learning opportunities and activities for guests will be held all week.

Oct. 16 – 31 (9 – 4) — Scarecrows On Parade
Local classrooms are invited to build a scarecrow to showcase on Zoo grounds in the month of October. Come see our Scarecrow “Exhibit” on the Greenhouse Lawn, and vote for your favorites at Boo at the Zoo on October 29. To sign up to build or sponsor a scarecrow, visit beardsleyzoo.org.

Oct. 20 — International Sloth Day
Come find our Two-toed sloth, hiding in our Rainforest exhibit. The Two-toed sloth is a mid-size animal with brownish-greenish fur that provides excellent camouflage. Hint: look up!

Oct. 21 (also 27 & 28) (6:30 – 10 pm) — Howl-O-Ween
Don’t miss our annual Halloween-themed evenings, featuring activities and attractions geared towards guests ages 8-15 (although brave youngsters have found the event enjoyable!) Brave children (and parents) can enter our haunted attractions: The Haunted Hayride, Farmer Beardsley’s Farmstead, and the Ghastly Greenhouse. More timid guests can enjoy magic shows, face painting, fortune tellers, fire dancers, and more. Visit beardsleyzoo.org for more info and to purchase discounted pre-sale tickets.

Oct. 23 – 30 — Bat Week
Learning opportunities for guests will be held all week. Come visit our Vampire bats!

Oct. 27 & 28 (6:30 – 10 pm) — Howl-O-Ween
Don’t miss our annual Halloween-themed evenings, featuring activities and attractions geared towards guests ages 8-15 (although brave youngsters have found the event enjoyable!) Brave children (and parents) can enter our haunted attractions: The Haunted Hayride, Farmer Beardsley’s Farmstead, and the Ghastly Greenhouse. More timid guests can enjoy magic shows, face painting, fortune tellers, fire dancers, and more. Visit beardsleyzoo.org for more info and to purchase discounted pre-sale tickets.

Oct. 29 (12 – 3) — Boo at the Zoo
A spooktacular afternoon including harvest hay rides ($2 per person) and many other seasonal favorites. Enjoy crafts, story-time, cool critters, and of course, candy! Guaranteed to delight and fright all those who pass through. If you’re under 12, in costume, and accompanied by a paying adult, you get into the Zoo for FREE!

Nov. 2: National Bison Day
Join us at the Research Station and learn more about America’s largest mammal. These giants weigh between 1,000 and 3,000 pounds and eat up to 50 pounds of grasses a day. Vast herds once roamed our prairies and open woodlands but were driven to near extinction by early settlers and bison hunters. The last few animals kept in zoos formed the basis for the entire new (and protected) population

Nov. 3 (7-10 pm) — Second Annual Comedy Night at The Warehouse at Fairfield Theatre Company
Join Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo for our Second Annual Comedy Night! This evening features three spectacular comedians, wine and beer open bar, live and silent auction, and more! All proceeds benefit Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in our efforts toward conservation, education, recreation and research. Featuring Cory Kahaney, grand finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Andy Pitz and Jon Fisch. Click here for details & tickets.

Nov. 11 — Veteran’s Day
Veterans get in free, with a 20% discount for their families.

Nov. 11 — Zoo Closing Early
Please note that the Zoo will close early today for a private event. The last ticket will be sold at noon (no admittance after noon), and the Zoo will close at 1 pm.

Nov. 14 (6:30 – 8 pm) — Teen Volunteering Open House
Join us to learn about seasonal as well as year-long programs that will inspire and motivate teens looking for hands-on zoo experience. Programs include our Explorers Post, Conservation Discovery Corps, and 4-H Club. Hear from program leaders and participants. The open house will be held in our Hanson Building, just outside the Zoo entrance gates. (Another Open House will be held Dec. 7.) Learn more.

Nov. 14 & 15 (10:30 – 11:15 am) — Zoo Tots
This program for children ages 22 months to 4 years accompanied by one adult includes a short activity, live animals and a simple craft. This month’s theme is Who Eats What. Cost is $10 for one member and child, $15 for one non-member and child. To register, email programming@beardsleyzoo.org or call 203-394-6563. Space is limited and program fills up quickly. Register early to secure your spot!

Nov. 22 — Zoo Closes Early
Please note that, in advance of the holiday, our last tickets will be sold at noon and the Zoo will close at 1:00 pm.

Nov. 23 — Thanksgiving/Zoo Closed
We wish you and your family a happy holiday.

Dec. 7 (6:30 – 8 pm) — Teen Volunteering Open House
Join us to learn about seasonal as well as year-long programs that will inspire and motivate teens looking for hands-on zoo experience. Programs include our Explorers Post, Conservation Discovery Corps, and 4-H Club. Hear from program leaders and participants. The open house will be held in our Hanson Building, just outside the Zoo entrance gates. (Another Open House is being held Nov. 14.) Learn more.

Dec. 12 & 13 (10:30 – 11:15 am) — Zoo Tots
This program for children ages 22 months to 4 years accompanied by one adult includes a short activity, live animals and a simple craft. This month’s theme is Getting Ready for Winter. Cost is $10 for one member and child, $15 for one non-member and child. To register, email programming@beardsleyzoo.org or call 203-394-6563. Space is limited and program fills up quickly. Register early to secure your spot!

Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve Early Closing
Please note that, in advance of the holiday, the last tickets will be sold at noon and the Zoo will close at 1:00 pm. You will have time to get last-minute gifts and stocking stuffer!

Dec. 25 — Christmas: Zoo closed
Please note that the Zoo will be closed today.

Dec. 31 — New Year’s Eve Early Closing
Please note that, in advance of the holiday, the last tickets will be sold at noon and the Zoo will close at 1:00 pm.

Jan. 1, 2018 — New Year’s Day: Zoo closed
Please note that the Zoo will be closed today. Happy New Year!