Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo today announced they have received a $10,000 grant from People’s United Community Foundation, the charitable giving arm of People’s United Bank, N.A. Annually, the Foundation offers awards in support of programs and services that enhance the quality of life for residents across its footprint with three core areas of focus that include: affordable housing, community and youth development. The funds will be allocated to support area students who participate in the Zoo’s teen program, Conservation Discovery Corps (CDC).
The CDC is a yearlong program designed for high school students to work side-by-side with field biologists, study the role of zoos in conservation, and help educate the thousands of visitors each year. The CDC accepts applications for students to participate in the program through Jan. 15 each calendar year, and training begins in February. The Zoo currently is accepting student applications for the 2018 CDC experience.