CT's Beardsley Zoo Offers Distance Learning Videos

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has announced plans to produce an assortment of STREAM video lesson plans (an approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking) to help fill in for students whose schools have been closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. 

Video lesson plans can be disseminated online to schools to teach and engage students of all ages who are facing the potential of weeks away from school. Additional videos are already available on the Zoo’s website, or YouTube channel. https://www.beardsleyzoo.org/distance-learning.html  In addition, the Zoo is providing fun and educational Facebook Live events every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2:00 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/ConnecticutsBeardsleyZoo/

Curator of Education Jim Knox said, “We welcome the opportunity to be of service to communities in Connecticut and beyond. All of our school educational programming is both Next Generation Science Standard compliant and a lot of fun. Learning lesson plans from some of the rarest and most majestic creatures on the planet—and their Animal Care Professionals—boosts student engagement and performance.”

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo welcomes requests from school districts and teachers regarding curriculum needs. Teachers can call 203-394-6563 and leave a message, or email the Zoo at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with inquiries, thoughts and ideas. Many of the videos are free; specific requests may incur a fee. Updates on Zoo hours and general information can be found at www.beardsleyzoo.org, or on the Zoo’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. 

About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Let your curiosity run wild! Connecticut's only zoo, celebrating its 98th year, features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Guests won't want to miss our Amur tigers and leopards, maned wolf family, Brazilian ocelot, Mexican and Red wolves, and Golden lion tamarins. Other highlights include our new Spider Monkey Habitat, Natt Family Red Panda Habitat, South American rainforest with free-flight aviary, the prairie dog exhibit with "pop-up" viewing areas, and the Pampas Plain with Giant anteaters and Chacoan peccaries. Guests can grab a bite at the Peacock Café, eat in the Picnic Grove, and enjoy a ride on our colorful, indoor carousel. For more information, visit beardsleyzoo.org. The Zoo is currently closed to the Public. 


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