Join the Buttonwood Park Zoo on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22 for a weekend full of fun and learning.

On Saturday, September 21, the Zoo will host a “Teacher Appreciation Day." This special event offers free admission to the Zoo for any teacher, administrator, paraprofessional or homeschool educator with a valid ID. From 10 am to 1 pm, Zoo educators will be hosting demonstrations of the Science On a Sphere® and Animal Ambassador programming available to schools. There will be an opportunity to win prizes, including a free field trip and a Target gift card.

Additionally, on Saturday, the Zoo will join 80 other institutions worldwide celebrating “International Red Panda Day." This event, which is free with admission, will also be held from 10 am until 1 pm. The Zoo will be offering fun activities that will raise awareness about the threats these charismatic, yet endangered animals are facing, as well as raffles will directly support conservation efforts in the wild. Zookeepers will offer special “Keeper Chats” that day, giving visitors an opportunity to see the Zoo’s own red pandas, up close.

The fun continues on Sunday, September 22, when the Zoo will host a celebration in honor of National Elephant Appreciation Day. Join Zoo staff and volunteers between 11 am and 2 pm to learn more about Emily and Ruth, our beloved Asian elephants, and their wild counterparts.

At 1 pm, watch the girls enjoy some birthday-themed enrichment - Ruth is turning 61 and Emily is turning 55. Take part in activities for the whole family while learning more about Asian elephants and what you can do to help this endangered species. All activities are free with Zoo admission and will take place on the lawn at the elephant habitat.

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

For more information about these events and other happenings at Buttonwood Park Zoo, click HERE.