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Due to the recent avian influenza outbreak in Northern California, our raptor and walkthrough aviaries are closed to the public until the outbreak subsides. This was done out of an abundance of caution to protect our resident birds and keep them safe. We appreciate your understanding. To read more, click here.

Jessa Barzelay Promoted to Chief Programs Officer

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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CuriOdyssey’s Animals Get Vaccinated for COVID – 19

By: Dr. Kate Sulzner CuriOdyssey is pleased to announce that several of our resident animals now have an added layer of protection against COVID-19. On May 5th, 2022, CuriOdyssey’s bobcats, grey fox, ferrets, and river otter all received their first in a series of two COVID-19 boosters. Our veterinary team focused on vaccinating these four…

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CuriOdyssey Recently Featured in Daily Journal

CuriOdyssey’s Executive Director, Aragon Burlingham, and Chief Development Officer, Maureen Garrett were recently featured in San Mateo Daily Journal discussing the opening of the Whooosh! physics in action playground, along with the larger CuriOdyssey campus plan. “It really signals to both ourselves and our community our commitment to diversity and our commitment to building a…

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CuriOdyssey’s Director of Exhibits Featured on ABC7 News

If you don’t know by now, pumpkin days are in full swing here at CuriOdyssey. Recently, reporter Ama Daetz from ABC7 News took some time to chat with our Director of Exhibits, Eric Maschwitz, to learn more about the science behind pumpkin days and how each of the carefully crafted exhibit areas relate to CuriOdyssey’s…

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Bay Area Parent – Best of the Best 2021


According to Bay Area Parent, the Best of the Best reader survey is an annual publication that has become an important tool each year for bay area families. Readers can use the Best of the Best publication as a good source when searching for the best family resources in their communities, including CuriOdyssey! Each year,…

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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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Gilead Grant Supports CuriOdyssey in the Classroom

San Mateo, CA–April 2019–CuriOdyssey, a science playground and zoo, received a grant from the Gilead Foundation of Foster City, CA in support of the school science program, including a low-income component to serve underprivileged children. The program will offer STEM curricula and field trips for schools and groups as well as hands-on workshops, both on-site…

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