The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center

293 Sumner Ave, Springfield, Ma 01108
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Our missionTo promote public awareness and appreciation for indigenous and exotic animals and to provide educational programming for all ages that encourages understanding and respect for the natural environment.

The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center

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Animal Care

Help with Animal Care
  • Occasional
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends


Assist in the Gift Shop and Ticket Booth. Office work with memberships, mailings, Adopt An Animal, and other projects.
  • Occasional
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends
How you helpThe Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center, as a non-profit organization, depends on many dedicated volunteers to support The Zoo and its educational mission
About usThe Zoo is dedicated to wildlife education, conservation and rehabilitation. Our Zoo on the Go, Close Encounter Guided Tours and Discovery Programs offer a variety of educational programs for children and adults of all age groups and interests. The Zoo allows guests to explore multiple aspects of science while having fun. Zoo Camp, during both winter and summer school vacations allows children ages 6-13 to explore nature, discover wildlife and meet exotic creatures. The Zoo is home to over 200+ exotic and native species, almost 90% are deemed non-releasable to the wild due to injury, illness or permanent disability.
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