The Buttonwood Park Zoo is dedicated to preserving the future of wildlife by creating engaging and educational experiences that connect the community to the natural world.

The Buttonwood Park Zoo was established in 1894 and is the 12th oldest zoo in the United States. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and called “one of the finest small zoos in the United States” by that organization, BPZOO meets the high standards of the AZA for exhibit quality, animal care, educational programs and conservation projects. 

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The Buttonwood Park Zoo is one of the largest environmental education organizations in southeastern Massachusetts, with a mission to inspire the region to create a better future for wildlife. The Education Department strives to create meaningful learning opportunities that connect the audience with the natural world, while fostering a respect for wildlife. Through dynamic graphics and interpretation, inquiry based classroom programs, live animal presentations, unique outdoor play experiences, volunteer programs, and a talented team of educators we hope to expand the reach of conservation education in the area.

Keith Lovett, Executive Director

425 Hawthorn St, New Bedford, MA 02740

(508) 991-6178


Contact email: education@bpzoo.org

Hours of Operation: 9a – 4p November – March; 9a – 5p April – October