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Creature Creations

Creature Creations

We’re back and ready to create more works of animal-inspired art! Join us for Creature Creations on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 12:00pm or 2:00pm for an outdoor, socially-distanced painting class led by instructor Kathleen Patrick and joined by one of our very own Animal Ambassadors.

Registration is $15 for Members and $26 for Non-members, all materials included.

This program will be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather

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Boo at the Zoo and Baby Boo Return!

Boo at the Zoo and Baby Boo Return!

SLIGHTLY SPOOKY FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Now in its 19th year – Boo at the Zoo returns, with extra precautions, during the daytime to satisfy all your fall, Halloween and cool weather cravings. Want to show off your little ghosts and goblins? Baby Boo is for you! Baby Boo is geared towards children 5 and under, but any age is welcome!

Boo at the Zoo runs from 10:00am to 6:00pm on October 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31.

 

Baby Boo runs from 9:00am to 2:00pm on October 23 and 30.

Dress the kids in their favorite costume and come explore all that BPZOO has to offer! We’ll provide families with a socially-distanced walk through experience with some twists and turns along the way. Our slightly spooky theme will include mazes, a scavenger hunt, plenty of trick-or-treat stations, endless photo opportunities including a photo costume contest, Halloween themed animal enrichment, and up-close meet and greets with the Zoo’s Animal Ambassadors. Families are encouraged to bring their own “trick or treat” bags. All proceeds from Boo at the Zoo support the Zoo’s education and family programs.

Our membership has its perks! Renew or join today and SAVE  Please note: Zoo Members who purchase tickets to Boo at the Zoo will be granted complimentary admission* to all other weekend Boo activities (Baby Boo excluded and subject to availability) for the remainder of October, for those that attended and are listed on your membership card. Buy once and enjoy up to five Boo at the Zoo days! To receive your unique, one-time use online code to reserve additional tickets, please email membership@bpzoo.org. *Codes will not be distributed until 10/17 and additional tickets are subject to availability

 

We are excited to bring Boo at the Zoo back for the 2020 season! In order to do so, we have implemented measures to encourage social distancing among guests and staff and to protect our animals. By purchasing your event ticket, you agree to:

  • abide by social distancing rules
  • wear a face mask throughout your visit according to MA state guidelines
  • follow the one-way pathways
BOO AT THE ZOO TICKETS BABY BOO TICKETS

Boo at the Zoo Prices
Zoo Member: $11 Adult, $7 Child
Non-member: $16 Adult, $12 Child
Under 2 is free

Baby Boo Prices
Zoo Member: $10 Adult, $5 Child
Non-member: $15 Adult, $10 Child
Under 2 is free

Boo at the Zoo is proudly presented by Bristol County Savings Bank 

Boo at the Zoo is sponsored by Renewal by Anderson , First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union , Hawthorn Medical Associates, Taunton Federal Credit Union, and Colonial South Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram.

Thank you to our Trick-or-Treat Sponsors:
Ray & Maureen Armstrong
Baycoast Bank
Care Free Homes, Inc
Gwen Bettencourt CPA
Law Offices of Beauregard, Burke and Franco
New Bedford Firefighters Local 841
Rose Homes
Servpro
Tremblay’s Bus Co, LLC

Nature Connection Activities

Nature Connection Activities

Our favorite Nature Connection Activities – in one place!

Connecting our community to the natural world – that is what BPZOO strives to do every day. When a global pandemic forced our doors to close in mid-March, we knew we needed to find a way to help our community maintain that connection.

We did that by posting 68 different activities on Facebook and Instagram to inspire families of all ages to engage in the outside world around them – wherever they were. Spending time in nature can help relieve stress and anxiety, improve mood, and boost feelings of happiness and well-being. The natural world is also a powerful educational tool that can stimulate a child’s natural curiosity and creativity through multi-sensory, hands-on exploration and play.

BPZOO Educators have taken their favorite activities and put them in one place!

Nature Connection Activities

Did hear that Charlie’s Nature Play is now open?
Remember, it’s still BYOT- bring your own toys!

 

 

 

BPZOO now has a StoryWalk®!

BPZOO now has a StoryWalk®!

The Buttonwood Park Zoo, in conjunction with the New Bedford Birth – 3rd Partnership, is now home to a StoryWalk® – in 4 languages!
For the month of July, guests to the Zoo will be able to peruse the pages of the beloved children’s book “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle as they stroll the newly opened pathway around the elephant habitat. In August, the StoryWalk® will be “Planting a Rainbow” by Lois Ehlert. The StoryWalk®, in addition to English, is also posted in Portuguese, K’iche and Spanish.

Join BPZOO on Monday, June 29, 2020 at 11:00 am for a Facebook Live version of the StoryWalk®. One of the Zoo’s Educators will be joined by interpreters from New Bedford Birth – 3rd Partnership, who will read in Portuguese, K’iche and Spanish! The video will be available on BPZOO’s YouTube page, following the live broadcast.

New Bedford Birth – 3rd Partnership’s vision is that with the support of a collaboration of community partners and families, New Bedford children are prepared to succeed in school, career, and life. They have a variety of resources for parents, caretakers, teachers and organizations – including the local community expectations for children up to age five. For more information on the New Bedford Birth – 3rd Partnership, a community wide early childhood initiative, visit their Facebook page.

Members: ArtWorks/New Bedford Art Museum, BMC Health Plan, Coastline Elderly Services, Early Childhood Consultation, Early Learning Child Care, Inc., Days of Discovery, Family Resource & Development Center (United Way of Greater New Bedford), Greater New Bedford Community Health Center (W.I.C. and Wellness Center), KDC Healthy Families/Early Intervention, Kiddie Kampus, Little People’s College (New Bedford and Fairhaven), Meeting Street Early Head Start, New Bedford Children, New Bedford Free Public Library, New Bedford Housing Authority, New Bedford Public Schools, NorthStar Learning Centers, P.A.C.E. Child Care Works and CFCE family engagement, P.A.C.E. Head Start, Reach Out and Read, Sunshine’s Place, South Coast Coalition for Early Childhood Education, United Way of Greater New Bedford, YMCA Southcoast, and Community Volunteers.

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

 

Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger Hunts

There’s even more to do at the Buttonwood Park Zoo!

Scavenger Hunt – Easier

 

Scavenger Hunt – Harder

 

This scavenger hunt was developed by Lindsay Marzulla as part of the completion of a MS degree in Anthrozoology through Canisius College. You can provide feedback with a quick survey, available through July 18th. Your input provides invaluable information for us in order to advance our mission to offer innovative conservation education programs.

Wildlife Education Series

Wildlife Education Series

Now virtual, the Wildlife Education Series is an educational discussion covering a wide range of topics pertaining to Biology, Ecology, Marine Biology, Animal Behavior, Veterinary and Conservation Sciences traditionally held at the Buttonwood Park Zoo. The format of the seminars will vary based on the topic and speaker, from lecture to problem based learning, and will be geared to inquisitive individuals who are eager to learn and ask questions.

Due to COVID-19, we are offering this programming to you for FREE. If you would like to make a donation to ensure we stay connected, text BPZOO20 to 41444 or donate here.

Join us via Zoom on May 28, 2020 at 7:00pm as David McGlinchey presents “Restoring the Amazon Rainforest”
Pre-registration is required.

This past summer, global attention was focused on widespread fires in the Amazon. Fires – and related deforestation for agriculture – have destroyed 800,000 square kilometers of Amazon rainforest over recent decades.

Stopping deforestation is a priority, but scientists are also figuring out effective ways to restore forest. New research conducted by the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) and the Amazon Environmental Research Institute has shown that lowland tapirs can restore degraded Amazonian forests by spreading tree seeds in areas that had been previously burned.

WHRC’s Dave McGlinchey with speak about how tapirs may be among the cheapest and easiest solutions for large-scale forest restoration, according to the study. The lowland tapir (also known as the South American or Brazilian tapir) is considered endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and vulnerable by the IUCN. Their population is dwindling in the face of deforestation and hunting.

Bio:
Dave McGlinchey is WHRC’s Chief of External Affairs. He is responsible for shaping the Center’s message and delivering the Center’s science to key decision-makers and the media. Dave is passionate about raising public awareness about climate change impacts and solutions and is the author of “Final Flight: 10 Northeastern Birding Spots at Risk from Climate Change.”

Dave earned his B.A. from Wake Forest University and his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. He serves on the boards of the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative and the Spatial Informatics Group—Natural Assets Laboratory. In April 2019, he traveled through Brazil with a CBS film crew to document the effects of deforestation – and the work of scientists to save the Amazon.