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Meet CuriOdyssey’s Newest Educators

Meet CuriOdyssey’s Newest Educators

CuriOdyssey is excited to welcome Lauren Bailey and Kelsey Bjur as our newest educators, and two of the directors for Camp CuriOdyssey this summer. Read on to learn more about Lauren and Kelsey: Lauren Bailey, Director of the Nature Quest Camp Lauren brings informal education experience from the Ocean Institute in Dana Point and the…

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A Beacon to Reckon With

Article by Pauline Chu, CuriOdyssey Docent I have always wanted to live in a lighthouse, for a while. Sure, there would be gales, heavy rains, mountainous waves, bone-chilling nights. And there would be steps to climb, light wicks to ignite, machinery to check on and fix, things to polish, instruments to keep in working order.…

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Jessa Barzelay Promoted to Chief Programs Officer

CuriOdyssey, a children’s science playground and zoo is pleased to announce that Jessa Barzelay has been promoted to the role of Chief Programs Officer. Barzelay joined CuriOdyssey in 2021 after 13 years in education management and leadership at the San Francisco Zoo and San Francisco Botanical Garden. She has felt her greatest professional joy and…

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What’s Going On With Curiodyssey’s Birds?

Harris's Hawk with wings outstretched, perched on glove

Published by: Dr. Kate Sulzner If you visited CuriOdyssey recently, you may have noticed that our raptor and walk-through aviaries are temporarily closed to the public. Our animal care team took this measure as part of a larger plan to protect CuriOdyssey’s birds from an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) that began spreading…

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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 to…

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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 Accreditation

The top accrediting body for zoos and aquariums, The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), has approved CuriOdyssey’s accreditation for an additional five 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. A food additive is any substance that results in indirectly or directly affecting…

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CuriOdyssey’s Welcomes New Director of Education

CuriOdyssey Science Playground and Zoo

Dear CuriOdyssey 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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