Trixie's Fund

Trixie's Fund

The launch of Trixie's Fund at Roger Williams Park Zoo in 2006.
The launch of Trixie's Fund in 2006.

Have questions?
Call the Zoo’s Education Department at 401-785-3510 x359.

Helping to Bring Science Education & Discovery of the Natural World to Children

2012 Grants Made Possible by
the Generous Support of

RI Partnership Foundation – In Memory of Lorraine H. Garvey


What is Trixie's Fund?

Roger Williams Park Zoo is Rhode Island's neighborhood Zoo and as such, strives to be the best neighbor possible. Through Trixie's Fund, Zoo educators hope to make the Zoo's programs more easily available to those who need it most.

The  Zoo provides science education to over 55,000 school children annually, from schools throughout southern New England. However, some schools face financial barriers to even the most basic Zoo programs, such as field trips.  In an effort to better serve these schools, the Zoo instituted Trixie's Fund in 2005- with generous support from Bank of America through a $25,000 starter grant. Trixie’s Fund continues today with the ongoing support of several community partners. Trixie's Fund is named for one of the Zoo's most long-standing and beloved residents, a polar bear who thrilled and engaged generations of children at the Zoo.

What does Trixie's Fund provide to qualifying schools?

Trixie's Fund will provide 40 grants of up to $300 each to qualifying public schools in 2012. Schools may use funds from a Trixie's Fund grant to subsidize the cost of Zoo admission. Recipients of a Trixie's Fund field trip grant must participate in an educational program. Grants will be awarded for trips taking place from September - April only.

Who can apply?

Schools must be located in one of Rhode Island's core communities (Central Falls, Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, West Warwick and Woonsocket) or have a Title I status.

How can RWP Zoo field trips & programs contribute to, and complement, the school curriculum?

Education programs at Roger Williams Park Zoo are aligned with the National Science Standards and RI GSEs, helping to provide crucial science education to students in areas with limited resources for this type of learning. Participation in a Zoo education program is a proven way to get children excited about science, and environmental education has also been proven to positively impact literacy and math skills.  Roger Williams Park Zoo provides a unique and highly valuable learning experience; Zoo grounds are truly a living classroom where science comes to life and students of all ages can actually experience science first-hand!