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Party for the Planet

Party for the Planet

Saturday, April 22nd, 2023

10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Free with Zoo Admission!

It’s a party for the planet, come celebrate with us!

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 22nd from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm, when we will offer our visitors the opportunity to explore, learn, and play. Over 20 local organizations and businesses are coming together to celebrate green, sustainable living, and teach us how to make choices that will ensure the health of our planet for generations to come. Don’t forget to bring in any unwanted electronics (see details below).

The Zoo will have live music, a raffle, fun games, face painting, an ambulance on site, Earth Day-inspired enrichment demonstrations with our animals, and so much more!

Spring into Action by tracking the monarch butterfly migration north from their overwintering grounds in Mexico to coastal California through the United States and Canada. To capture how monarchs recolonize the breeding areas, report the first sightings of adults, milkweeds, and eggs and larvae to Journey North. Already seen your “first” spring observations? No problem! Please report all observations after these “firsts” to Journey North as well. Tag AZA during registration by adding AZA Party for the Planet in the comment section of your report.

Create Pollinator Spaces in your backyard! AZA is partnering with The National Wildlife Federation to expand native habitats across AZA-accredited facilities and their members. NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitat® program helps to create and restore habitat and wildlife populations. Turning your yard, balcony container garden, work landscape, or roadside greenspace into a Certified Wildlife Habitat® is fun, easy, and can make a lasting difference for wildlife. Spring into Action with AZA and NWF in creating native habitats near you!

Electronic Waste Drop-off

Members of the community can bring in any unwanted electronic item during Party for the Planet and we will see to it that it is properly recycled by an electronic recycling firm; one free child admission per party/family into Party for the Planet with E-Waste drop-off! 

All electronic items can be taken at no charge, with the exception of tube TVs. Those require a $10 disposal fee. Other items collected at no charge are cell phones, stereo equipment, desktop or laptop computers, printers, scanners, tablets, household appliances (toasters, blenders, etc), as well as microwaves and other consumer electronics.

Spring Fling & Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Spring Fling & Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Nature’s party comes in spring and it is time to celebrate!

Saturday & Sunday: April 1st & 2nd

Rain Date April 8th Upon Event Cancelation

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Last entrance at 4:15 pm

Members: Login into your account to purchase tickets. You will see the discount at checkout.

The Spring Fling event will be held outdoors, rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable. Carousel rides are weather permitting.

On April 1st & 2nd, Buttonwood Park Zoo will host Spring Fling, an opportunity to welcome the warmer weather and have fun with activities throughout the day.

Throughout the day, you will be able to enjoy magic shows, craft stations, face painting, educational activities, special guests, games, and more!

Our animals will also join in on the fun, as many will receive special enrichment during Spring Fling. Watch as the animals use natural behaviors to forage for food and discover different items or scents in their habitats.

There will be endless photo opportunities, unlimited carousel rides, and up-close meet and greets with our own Animal Ambassadors. Last bud not least, a visit from the Easter Bunny!

Member Ticket Price:

Under 2: Free
Child (2-17): $7
Adult (18+): $11

Non-BPZOO Member Ticket Price:

Under 2: Free
Child (2-17): $12
Adult (18+): $16

Purchasing tickets in advance is advised.

Zoo is closed to General Admission.

Our Entertainment Line Up!

Samantha Rabbit
Face Painting

Breakfast with
the Easter Bunny

Premier Experience

Saturday & Sunday
April 1st & 2nd

Rain Date April 8th Upon Event Cancelation

Breakfast is served from 9:00 am – 10:00 am in the Wildlife Education Building Classrooms. Breakfast will be catered by On the Go Catering. 

The ticket price includes breakfast, a private meeting with the Easter Bunny, and access to Spring Fling. Spring Fling opens at 10:00 am.

Members: Login into your account to purchase tickets.
You will see the discount at checkout.

Member Ticket Price:

Under 2: Free
Child (2-17): $27
Adult (18+): $31

Non-BPZOO Member Ticket Price:

Under 2: Free
Child (2-17): $32
Adult (18+): $36

Have you ever wondered what the Easter Bunny has for Breakfast? Contrary to popular belief, it is not just carrots. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny means you’re going to be enjoying eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, and more! 

You’re going to have to tackle an entire plate of breakfast while you’re hanging out with friends and family. After you are done with your plate, you will get to have time to meet and take pictures with the Easter Bunny before going off and enjoying the activities of our Spring Fling. He may even have a special treat for you!

Advanced purchasing of tickets for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny is required.
Tickets are non-refundable.
Zoo is closed to General Admission.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Thank you to South Coast Smiles Pediatrics Dentistry for being our Presenting Sponsor!

Creature Creations

Creature Creations

AN ANIMAL INSPIRED ART CLASS

Join us for Creature Creations, an indoor painting class led by instructor Kathleen Patrick and a zoo educator. This fun program will introduce your child to a featured animal, either inside the classroom or at an animal habitat.

The next program is happening on Sunday, November 20th at 12:30 and 2:30pm.

International Red Panda Day

International Red Panda Day

BPZOO CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL RED PANDA DAY 

Join us for International Red Panda Day at the Zoo on Saturday, September 17th to learn about our red pandas, Jacob and Marie, and raise awareness about this beautiful, yet endangered species.

There will be a special Red Panda Keeper Chat at 2:00pm.

Let’s see how much we can raise for red pandas! Donate to the Zoo’s conservation donation fund during your visit, or online, and be entered into a raffle to win a VIP Red Panda Encounter for four people! For every $5.00 donation, you’ll receive one raffle entry. These donations must be made in person or online on September 17th to be entered.

 

Do you have a red panda shirt? Wear it to the Zoo on September 17th and you’ll receive a free ride ticket! Be sure to tag us on social media and show that you want to #savetheredpanda!

 

What are we doing to protect this endangered species?

BPZOO is proud to partner with the Red Panda Network, the world leader in efforts to protect red pandas and their habitat, as a Reforestation Sponsor. Our most recent donation of $5,000 will support the land purchase, reforestation, and the salary of a local land steward for one hectare of red panda habitat in the Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung (PIT) corridor in eastern Nepal: a critical location for red panda conservation that has been heavily fragmented and degraded by deforestation.

Red pandas are unique, important and unfortunately endangered. There may be as few as 2,500 red pandas remaining in the wild. Red pandas are a flagship species. Their conservation has landscape-level impacts, and like an umbrella, the entire ecoregion — its forests and wildlife — are protected when red pandas are conserved.

 

BPZOO is dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places.

Elephant Appreciation Day

Elephant Appreciation Day

JOIN US FOR A BIG CELEBRATION

Elephant Appreciation Day at BPZOO is happening on Sunday, September 25, 2022 and we welcome you to join us in honoring and celebrating Ruth and Emily! Can you believe that Ruth is turning 64 and Emily is turning 58!? Stop by the Asian elephant habitat for educational activities from 11:00am – 2:00pm, with a Happy Birthday sing-a-long & special enrichment happening at 1:00pm.

Did you know – Ruth and Emily are among the oldest Asian elephants in North America? It is an honor and a privilege to provide a home for these beautiful elephants and we welcome the community to join us in honoring them!

If you would like to bring Emily and Ruth a special treat, donations of unopened packages of unsalted shelled peanuts, yogurt covered raisins, and dried fruit will be accepted on their behalf.

The Asian elephants you know and love living in zoos and human care serve as ambassadors to inspire people to care about their preservation. From Sunday, September 18 – 25, all Coins for Conservation donations will go directly towards in-situ elephant conservation.

Asian elephant numbers are 10 times lower than those of African elephants. Worldwide, the estimate is that only 40,000 – 50,000 remain. Lack of habitat, competition for resources, and development have left about a third of all Asian elephants reliant on some form of managed care. We need to find ways for humans and elephants to peacefully coexist to save the species. AZA facilities and affiliated conservation organizations are doing just this, in order to ensure this magnificent species will remain for generations to come!

You can make a donation in their honor that goes directly towards Asian elephant conservation.

 

BPZOO is dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places.

Wildlife Education Series

Wildlife Education Series

Wildlife Education Series

Join us on Zoom for an enlightening discussion about beluga whale research and exciting advances in animal science!

Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 6:00pm – Learning from Whale Snot!

Learning from Whale Snot!

In this virtual talk, Dr. Justin Richard, Assistant Professor at University of Rhode Island, will talk about beluga whale research! Specifically, Dr. Richard will share the critical research that occurs at aquariums to develop minimally-invasive tools to study beluga whales, and how we can explore beluga whale biology in new ways by combining behavioral research with physiological research. Learn how exhaled breath samples can be used to study beluga whale genetic relationships, maturity status, and even help detect pregnancy!

Dr. Richard’s interest in marine mammals developed at Mystic Aquarium, where he was a beluga whale trainer for nearly 10 years before entering a PhD program in Integrative and Evolutionary Biology at URI.  Now a member of the faculty in the department of Animal and Veterinary Science, he teaches courses relating to animal behavior, marine mammals, and zoo and aquarium animal care and management.  His research takes an integrative approach to studying behavior in zoos and aquariums to fill knowledge gaps about animals and behaviors that are logistically difficult to study in the wild to advance conservation efforts.  His research program emphasizes undergraduate participation, providing opportunities for interested students to engage in authentic learning experiences in animal science.

This programming is FREE. When registering, please consider making a donation to ensure we can stay connected.