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 27th 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.

There will be local organizations on site with fun activities, giveaways, music by DJ Danny Levin, face painting, earth day inspired enrichment demos with the animals, and so much more! It’s a party for the planet, come celebrate with us!

Conservation Keeper Chats and Earth Day Inspired Enrichment Demos
9:30a – Black Bear
10:30a – Cat Chat
11:00a – Bison Enrichment (Sarah turns 20!)
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, May 4th.


This event 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!

Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust
City of New Bedford DPI – Captain Plunger
New Bedford Art Museum / ArtWorks!
Renewal by Andersen
The Lloyd Center
New Bedford Whaling Natural History Park
Department of Children & Families
Friends Academy – Band of Friends
Atlantic White Shark Conservancy
National Marine Life Center
Board of Health & Southcoast – Car seat check and installation
Bristol County Mosquito Control Project
The New Bedford Whaling Museum
Buzzards Bay Coalition
Girl Scout Troop 62754
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
Coastal Foodshed
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service – Northeast Fisheries Science Center – Protected Species Branch
UMass Dartmouth Sustainability
New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Elements Learning Collaborative
New Bedford Fire Department S.A.F.E.
Bristol County Beekeeper Association


Spring into action – beach cleanup

Please sign-up so we know how many people to expect!

For more info please contact:
Carrie Hawthorne
(508) 991-6178 ext. 67413