Community Access

Community Access

For 150 years, Roger Williams Park Zoo has connected people with nature, providing engaging experiences that inspire and empower adults and children to join us in conserving wildlife and wild places. Community outreach is vital to the success of our mission. The Zoo is committed to providing a safe, accessible place for all to learn, discover and create life-long connections with our wild world.

RWPZoo is proud to offer the following opportunities for families, organizations and educators:

Community Programs
Rhode Island Zoo Access Program

Roger Williams Park Zoo is offering a discounted membership to community members who participate in Rhode Island's EBT program.

If you are an adult EBT cardholder and currently reside in Rhode Island, you may be eligible to receive a discounted Family membership. The Family level membership includes 2 adults in the same household and up to 4 children or grandchildren. Memberships are intended for one household, and are non-refundable and non-transferrable. As a Roger Williams Park Zoo member, you will also receive discounts on special events like the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, food and gift purchases, party rentals, education programs, and more.

For details, or to take advantage of this offer, please contact the Membership Department at 401-785-3510 ext. 375 or email at Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Free First Saturdays for Providence Residents

First Saturday of the Month is Free for Residents of the City of Providence

As a “thank you” to Providence residents whose tax money helps to support the Zoo, the first Saturday of every month is free to residents of the City of Providence (not East or North Providence).  A valid ID and proof of residency* must be shown at the ticket window.

*Acceptable forms of identification or residency include a driver’s license, State issued ID, Providence Municipal IDs, lease agreement, utility bill, etc.

Library Pass Program

Library pass memberships allow library patrons special access to exclusive discounts, redeemable online. Unlike most discounts, our Library Pass discount is valid during peak periods, including weekends, holidays, and school vacations. Library staff can join today here >.

Request a Donation of Zoo Tickets for Charitable Causes

To request a donation of zoo tickets for your non-profit organization's fundraiser, fill out our online dontation request form >

Please note: We receive many donation requests throughout the year, and we regret that it’s not possible to fulfill every request. To be considered, please fill out the online request form at least two months in advance.

ZooCamp Scholarship Fund for Children with Autism

2022 ZooCamp Scholarships are now available!

Application Deadline:  April 11, 2022

The ZooCamp Scholarship Fund for Children with Autism is a collaborative effort of the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College and Roger Williams Park Zoo with the objective to increase accessibility of summer ZooCamp to children on the autism spectrum while providing supports for success.

Download the application here >

Educational Programs & Support
Providence School Field Trips

Roger Williams Park Zoo is owned by the City of Providence, and so Providence residents pay taxes that help fund the Zoo. As a thank you for supporting us, Providence School students receive complimentary admission during the school year only (September – June) when visiting with a Providence elementary, middle, or high school. Under these terms, students admit free and one chaperone for every ten students also receives complimentary admission. Any additional chaperones above the 1:10 ratio will be charged the adult group rate, due at time of visit. Because it is through the City of Providence, this agreement is only valid for Providence and therefore cannot be extended to any other school networks.

Learn more and book your school field trip here >.

Paws for a Minute with Rhode Island PBS LearningMedia & RWPZoo

Visit the animals at Roger Williams Park Zoo from your home or classroom with Rhode Island PBS LearningMedia.

Paws for a Minute is a collection of one-minute videos featuring a range of animals housed here at the Zoo. Each video profiles a specific animal, and demonstrates a number of physical and adaptive features and behaviors. Click HERE for support materials and video collection>

Rhode Island PBS LearningMedia is an online PreK-12 content library that provides FREE access to tens of thousands of media-based resources for educators, students and parents.

At-home distance learning activities

Keep that learning going and find ways to keep students making connections and discoveries about the world around. Using our Zoo School video segments and Paws for a Minute PBS videos, we have created some activities to help your students continue learning at home. These activities are meant to compliment your life science lessons and to help your students to become focused observers.

We hope these activities are beneficial to your distance learning efforts!

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