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STEMCorps Science Fair Recap

STEMCorps Science Fair Recap

Background: What is STEM Mentors STEM Mentors is a new CuriOdyssey afterschool program where students are paired with volunteer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) professionals from all over the US. It is just one branch of STEMCorps, a pilot program created to connect a CuriOdyssey trained team of educators, mentors, caregivers and community partners…

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Volunteer Week Recap

Culminating with an ‘elevated’ Saturday BBQ experience in celebration of our volunteers catered by Chef Jordan Alexander of Jordan’s Culinary Creations, I would say volunteer week was a success. The week of April 17-23 was all about recognizing the hard work and thanking all of the amazing individuals who volunteer their time, energy, and expertise…

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CuriOdyssey Retains top Accredation

The top accrediting body for zoos and aquariums, The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), has approved CuriOdyssey’s accreditation for an additional 5 years, signaling the 5th consecutive time the organization has received the certificate (since 2000). Fewer than 10% of the approximately 2,800 animal exhibitors licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture are…

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Become a Pollinator Superhero!


It’s Spring! It’s Earth Day! It’s a great time to think about our insect friends and the plants that help them thrive. You can become a pollinator superhero with these simple tips.

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Flavor Trippin’ at CuriOdyssey

On a rainy Wednesday in Coyote Point Park, CuriOdyssey staff went flavor tripping. Using Miracle Berries, also known as Synsepalum dulcificum. These ‘magical’ berries are native to West Africa and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulated them as a food additive, essentially defined as any substance the intended use of which results or may…

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CuriOdyssey’s Welcomes New Director of Education

Dear CurioOdyssey Community, Today we are reaching out to our CuriOdyssey Community to introduce you to our new Director of Education, Jessa Barzelay. Jessa Barzelay joined CuriOdyssey after 13 years in Education management and leadership at the San Francisco Zoo and San Francisco Botanical Garden. At the San Francisco Zoo, Jessa oversaw education programs including…

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A Spooky October Recap

Movie Nights For the last installment of the San Mateo Park’s Summer Movie Series, we decided to throw in a fun Halloween twist for our guests. Before Cruella began, you could find CuriO staff dressed in costumes showing off some fun pumpkin science, including a pumpkin carving station, mini pumpkin patch, barfing pumpkins and our…

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First Fridays Featuring: Beetle Lady

CuriOdyssey was thrilled to have hosted Dr. Stephanie A. Dole, entomologist, educator and Beetlelady, during CuriOdyssey’s “Bugs Day” back in 2017. Stephanie has been educating the public about insects since 1997, with extensive experience as a scientist, educator and researcher. She shared her amazing collection of live bugs and specimens, including stories of their evolution,…

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National Zookeeper Week

National Zookeeper Week (NZKW), July 18-24, focuses on the need to protect and preserve our wildlife and vanishing habitats via conservation while celebrating the animal keeper’s essential role as both educator and wildlife ambassador. During the third week of July each year, we recognize and highlight how great animal care and conservation efforts require great…

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CuriOdyssey Terminates the Employment of Carl Oosterman

CuriOdyssey has terminated the employment of Carl Oosterman, Director of Education, effective immediately. Mr. Oosterman was employed at CuriOdyssey for 17 years. Last week we learned about a deeply disturbing incident that involved Mr. Oosterman at an offsite location outside of work hours. This incident was brought to our attention by a private watchdog group…

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