Party for the Planet

Party for the Planet

Let’s Do Our Part

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 23rd from 11 am to 2 pm when we will offer our visitors the opportunity to explore, learn, and play as 20+ local organizations and businesses come together to celebrate green, sustainable living and 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).

To add to the fun, the Zoo will have live music, a raffle, fun games, face painting, an ambulance onsite, Earth Day-inspired enrichment demonstrations with our animals, and so much more! It’s a party for the planet, come celebrate with us!

Connect with Nature

Connecting with nature is healthy for us mentally and physically.

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 first sightings of adults, the first emergence of milkweeds, and first 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.

Join a Clean-up!

Here are some local clean-up meetups in collaboration with Be the Solution to Pollution:

🌎 April 3rd from 9-12 at Fairhaven Bike Path (meeting behind the community center)
🌎 April 9th at 10 am at West Beach, New Bedford (in association with Nativity Prep)
🌎 April 25th at 9 am at Fort Phoenix, Fairhaven

Red, White and Brew at the Zoo

Red, White and Brew at the Zoo

Red, White and Brew Returns!

Come join the fun at Buttonwood Park Zoo on Friday, May 20th for our annual Red, White & Brew beer tasting event!

You will enjoy UNLIMITED samples from these awesome breweries!

  • Narragansett Brewing
  • Two Roads Brewing
  • Shipyard Brewing/Sea Dog Brewing
  • Bull Spit Brewing
  • Greater Good Imperials
  • Devil’s Purse Brewing
  • Dogfish Head Brewing
  • Castle Island Brewing
  • Moat Mountain Brewing
  • Long Trail Brewing/ Otter Creek Brewing
  • Carlson’s Orchards
  • Topo Chico & Arnold Palmer Hard Teas
  • Vizzy Seltzer & Blue Moon Brewing
  • Lone River Ranch Water & Guinness Nitro Coffee Stout



  • Aeronaut Brewing Company
  • Exhibit A Brewing
  • Gardner Ale House (Moon Hill Brewing)
  • Moby Dick Brewing
  • Sam Adams
  • Buttonwood Brewery
  • Sons of Liberty Brewing
  • Whalers Brewing Company
  • Medusa Brewing Company
  • Sour Not Sorry
  • Buzzards Bay Brewery
  • Mayflower Brewing Company
  • The Sangria Lady
  • Newport Craft Brewing

Ticket purchase provides you with zoo admission, your own souvenir sampling glass, unlimited beer/wine samples, animal encounters, and great live entertainment by The Khourys and Craig DeMello!This is a 21+ event, so have your ID ready at the gate! Doors open at 6:00pm.Food will be available for purchase during the event.A portion of the proceeds will benefit the continued growth of the Buttonwood Park Zoo’s educational programs, ensuring that Southcoast families will always have a way to experience nature close to home.

So, if you LOVE craft brews and the great outdoors, grab your friends and enjoy a wild night at the Zoo!

Want your brewery, winery, or food truck to join in on the fun? Contact Kris at kcaisse@bpzoo.org to learn more on how to register your business!

Designated Driver tickets are available!

(please note, this ticket does NOT include beer & wine tasting)

We can hardly wait!