Giving Back to the Community

Giving Back to the Community

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Local communities are vital to the mission of Roger Williams Park Zoo – to create engaging experiences that empower guests to join in conserving wildlife and wild places.

Each year, to inspire the next generation of conservationists and create valuable memories, the Zoo gives back to the community by offering free and discounted education programs, supporting other local nonprofits, and offering free and discounted admission to underserved community members.

As a nonprofit organization, the Zoo prides itself on its the continued support of other local nonprofits. Knowing that there had been limited experiential opportunities for children and families throughout the pandemic – and that underserved and vulnerable populations were further limited - the Zoo has contributed 700 free Asian Lantern Spectacular tickets to sixteen Rhode Island and Massachusetts based nonprofits who serve vulnerable children and families.

“We appreciate our local nonprofits who sacrifice so much to support and keep our community members safe,” said Jeremy Goodman, Roger Williams Park Zoo’s executive director. “After such a difficult and challenging year and a half, we wanted to be able to give back. We hope this provides children and families some relief and a chance to create new memories together.”

Conservation is at the heart of Roger Williams Park Zoo. Events like Asian Lantern Spectacular support the Zoo’s ongoing animal care, education programs, and conservation initiatives.

For more information on the Zoo’s conservation impact or to learn more about Asian Lantern Spectacular, visit

Roger Williams Park Zoo is Rhode Island’s number one outdoor family and tourist attraction, and a leader in conservation efforts undertaken by a zoo of its size. As leaders in conservation and animal care – we create engaging experiences that empower guests to join us in conserving wildlife and wild places.  Roger Williams Park Zoo is supported and managed by the Rhode Island Zoological Society and is owned by the City of Providence.