Education Programs

The Buttonwood Park Zoo is one of the largest environmental education organizations in southeastern Massachusetts, with a mission to inspire the region to create a better future for wildlife. The Education Department strives to create meaningful learning opportunities that connect the audience with the natural world, while fostering a respect for wildlife. Through dynamic graphics and interpretation, inquiry based classroom programs, live animal presentations, unique outdoor play experiences, volunteer programs, and a talented team of educators we hope to expand the reach of conservation education in the area.

Explore our program offerings for:

Schools- All school programs are aligned to state science standards, and are meant to compliment the learning already happening in schools.

Families- The Buttonwood Park Zoo is a nature resource for families across the region; we provide families with structured opportunities to encourage natural exploring and appreciation beyond the zoo visit.

Community & Scout Groups- Whether spending the night at the zoo during an overnight program, or visiting for a group trip- we strive to make the zoo accessible to all area groups.

Volunteers- Through volunteers the zoo not only enhances the visitor experience with great interpretation and interaction, but also creates career paths for area residents by giving them a real world experience.


These programs are funded in part by Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation, Grimshaw-Gudewicz Charitable Foundation, Adelard and Valeda Roy Foundation, MGN Family Foundation, Red Acre Foundations, United Way, Target Foundation, Leonard and Hilda Kaplan Foundation, and Massachusetts Office of Business Development.