Party for the Planet

Party for the Planet is the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America! More than 100 AZA accredited zoos and aquariums across the country celebrate with activities, giveaways, and special events.

Join us at the Buttonwood Park Zoo on Saturday, April 21st from 11am – 2pm, as we offer our visitors the opportunity to learn and participate in fun activities presented by local organizations that speak to sustainable living and making choices to ensure the health of our planet for generations to come.

From 11am – 2pm, there will be local organizations on site, fun giveaways, music by DJ Danny Levin, fun activities with the New Bedford Fire Department, face painting, earth day inspired enrichment demos with the animals, and so much more! Stop by the Wildlife Education Center at 11:00am, 11:30am, 12:00pm, and 12:30pm for the Wattsville Game Show presented by Eversource. It’s a party for the planet, come celebrate with us!

Bring in any unwanted or broken electronic item during Party for the Planet and we will make sure it is properly recycled! One free child admission into Party for the Planet with an E-Waste drop-off!

Conservation Keeper Chats and Earth Day Inspired Enrichment Demos
9:30a – Black Bear
10:30a – Cat Chat
11:00a – Animal Ambassador Encounter
11:30a – Harbor Seal
12:00p – Rainforests, Rivers & Reefs: Rainforest side
12:30p – Asian Elephant
1:00p – Rainforests, Rivers & Reefs: Ocean side
1:30p – River Otter
2:00p – Animal Ambassador Encounter
3:30p – Harbor Seal

Rain Date for Party for the Planet is Saturday, April 28th.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the New Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.



Thank you to our awesome participants!

Bristol County Agricultural High School
Bristol County Beekeepers Association
Bristol County Mosquito Control
Buzzards Bay Coalition 
Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust
Department of Children and Families
Mass Audubon SouthCoast Sanctuaries
Mass in Motion New Bedford – The New Bedford Farmers Market
New Bedford Energy Now
National Park Service
New Bedford Art Museum / ArtWorks!
New Bedford Fire Department
New Bedford Parks, Recreation and Beaches
New Bedford Whaling Museum
New Bedford Health Department / SouthCoast Hospitals
Our Sisters’ School
Renewal by Andersen
The Lloyd Center
UMass Dartmouth Sustainability 
Westport River Watershed Alliance





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