St. George Orthodox Church
Albanian Archdiocese of the OCA
Trumbull, Connecticut
May 2023 Charity Tray

Our May 2024 Charity tray will be supporting Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo.  Specifically we will earmark the donation to the CDC - Conservation Discovery Corp.  CDC is a volunteer group of high school kids.  
The CDC kids are going to Yellowstone National Park - 2024 Eco Expedition in August of this year for 10 days. Only 10 students are chosen with a prerequisite that they must fundraise to help defray their costs. This is the 2nd year for this program to Yellowstone. Prior to the kickoff of the 2024 fundraising program the CDC kids who went to the 2023 Eco Expedition group gave a presentation to the public at the Zoo and other locations talking about their work and experiences in Yellowstone. Last year the CDC students along with chaperone Zoo staff went to Yellowstone working with expert Rick McIntyre to track the Junction Butte (wolves) pack in Lamar Valley:


Some additional information:
Excerpt from CT’s Beardsley Zoo website:
Conservation Discovery Corps ​​
What is it? CDC is a year-long volunteer program that will allow teens to explore zoological and environmental careers while presenting to and interacting with small groups of visitors at the Zoo.  Teens will also have the opportunity to participate in exciting field conservation research studies in the field.
Get involved with local conservation education and field work.  Qualified high school students will have the opportunity to work side by side with field biologists, study the role of zoos in conservation and help educate the zoo’s visitors.  This is a year-long program with the opportunity for greatest involvement during the summer months.  
Excerpt: Facebook page:
Conservation Discovery Corps at the Beardsley Zoo 
What is it?  The Conservation Discovery Corps is a high school volunteer program where students educate zoo visitors on our animal collection and the zoo conservation efforts as well as engage in active conservation in the local community to support wildlife.
 Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is recognized as a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)

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