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Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has received a $5,000 grant from The Inner-City Foundation For Charity & Education, in support of the Zoo’s Trout in the Classroom Program (TIC). The Inner-City Foundation For Charity & Education is a non-sectarian organization that supports organizations that provide assistance to at-risk and needy children and adults of Fairfield County. The Foundation strives to meet critical needs in the community by identifying and supporting organizations that have proven to be most effective at serving the community efficiently and well. Funds will be used to support the Zoo’s regional field conservation initiative, Trout in the Classroom, focusing on Bridgeport students. The program is working to bridge the achievement gap in environmental studies in inner city schools.

The program teaches students the importance of water quality through hands-on fieldwork with trout, from fingerlings to sub adult size, before releasing them in a clean, cold stream. Students learn to appreciate water resources, understand ecosystems, and foster a conservation ethic that they bring back to their schools and community.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has three teen educational programs that are offered free or at a nominal charge. No one is turned away for inability to pay. The three programs, Explorers, Conservation Discovery Corps, and Trout in the Classroom are a critical part of the Zoo’s mission to educate the community on environmental issues.

The Zoo is grateful to its many members, supporters, and corporate partners that help to educate, delight, and bring animal welfare and conservation to the state of Connecticut. In particular, the Zoo wishes to thank The Inner-City Foundation For Charity & Education for their generous support.