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.