Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has received a $5,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman. Funds were used to support the Zoo’s teen program, Explorers. The program is designed to inspire and motivate teens looking for a hands-on Zoo experience.
The Explorers investigate zoo careers, from greenhouseman to zoo director, including animal care, development and marketing, and visitor services. Open to teenagers ages 14-18, members attend career workshops, take part in job shadows, develop a public presentation, and create a year-end project.