Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has received a $10,000 grant from the Petit Family Foundation (PFF). The PFF Grant Committee approved the grant, earmarked for the Zoo’s Conservation Discovery Corps (CDC). The Foundation’s funds are given to foster the education of young people, especially women in the sciences; to improve the lives of those affected by chronic illnesses; and to support efforts to protect and help those affected by violence.
The CDC is a yearlong program designed to allow high school students to work side by side with field biologists, study the role of zoos in conservation, and help educate zoo guests. The CDC accepts applications through Jan. 15 each calendar year. Training begins in February. Program registration is closed for 2018, but the Zoo encourages students to apply for the 2019 CDC experience.