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Buttonwood Park Zoo, owned and operated by the City of New Bedford, features animals and 30 exhibits, including: elephants, bison, mountain lions, bears, eagles, seals, otters, and farm animals. BPZ is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and has been called "one of the finest small zoos in the United States" by that organization.
Accreditation means that the Buttonwood Park Zoo meets the high standards of the AZA for exhibit quality, animal care, educational programs and conservation projects. There are only about 200 AZA accredited zoos and aquariums in the United States, out of the more than 1,000 animal exhibitors licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture. The AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and is dedicated to providing excellent care for animals and educating the public about wildlife, habits and conservation.
This was such a huge success last year!! We have lots of vendors, a couple of Bands, food trucks and some spectacular cars, trucks and tractors on display. Check back for more information on this event!! It is something you will not want to miss!! August 31st - 3rd LABOR DAY WEEKENDThis weekend is highlighted by our annual Craft Fair/Flea Market (9/1). New crafters/vendors are always welcome. $$ Bingo is on Saturday night. We also have kid's crafts, a horseshoe tournament, movies, softball, volleyball, FIRE TRUCK rides, etc. and our END OF SUMMER FAMILY FUN DAY with Games, a visit from "Animal Affairs" Petting Zoo, Bounce House and Cotton Candy, followed by our ANNUAL GOLF CART SHOW AND PARADE and Farewell Summer Dance with "FUNHOUSE" (9/2). Also, last year we had our Third Annual "Maple Park Cares" Event beginning in August and ending on Columbus Day Weekend. We raised $1,761.00 for Team Noah!! (http://www.teamnoahfoundation.org/) Proceeds from this weekend's FAMILY FUN DAY will be going toward this year's charity in hopes of matching or beating our 2017 total.
Limited Activities will be offered during these weekends but TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE WARM FALL WEATHER TO WALK THE CAPE COD CANAL OR VISIT THE CHRISTMAS TREE SHOPS ON THE CAPE. See office for directions and a list of LOCAL EVENTS which will be available for the month of September.
Unfortunately, after almost 50 years in operation, the Bourne Scallop Festival will not take place in 2018...However, let's have our own "SEAFOOD FESTIVAL" at Maple Park. On September 22nd, we will start our day with a beach inspired craft, followed by a "Chowder Contest" ($50. Gift Card for 1st, Place, $30. For 2nd and $20. For 3rd) at noon, an ocean themed paint party for kids and adults, and a "Seafood Pot Luck Supper" at 6:00. I'll be serving up some spaghetti with white clam sauce and garlic bread. What is everyone else bringing?? Chowder, cod fish cakes, Shrimp Mozambique, fish sticks, clam cakes, even tuna salad sandwiches would work! To top off this spectacular day, we have an amazing band to entertain us this evening..." UNPLUGGED"!!
Join us on SEPTEMBER 29TH for a SPECIAL HALLOWEEN EVENT FOR OUR FABULOUS FALL GUESTS WHO WILL BE LEAVING US ON SUNDAY! On Saturday afternoon, beginning at 3:30, we invite all Ghosts, Goblins, Princesses, Pirates, Zombies, etc. to join us in a costume parade followed by Site to Site Trick or Treating throughout the campground. Saturday Night, "Loose Screwz" will be entertaining us in the Lodge. Costumes optional but WELCOME!!
Site to Site Trick or Treating, pumpkin decorating contest, Halloween crafts, Scary movie, our Annual Adult Only Night with Harry French on Friday night, Columbus Day Weekend Craft Fair on Saturday (new crafters are always welcome), Our 5th Annual Harvest Carnival which is always a spectacular event, Our 52nd Annual Chicken BBQ catered by TAZZ BBQ (10/7), followed by our FINAL DANCE (can't believe it's over) OF THE 2018 SEASON with MC Productions!! Advance reservations required for Chicken BBQ!! THIS IS ALSO THE FINAL WEEKEND OF OUR "MAPLE PARK CARES" EVENT. SPECIAL RAFFLES AND OUR SPECTACULAR "PATH OF PUMPKINS FOR A CURE" WILL BE HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS WEEKEND. REMEMBER, LAST YEAR WE RAISED $1,761.00 for Team Noah!! (http://www.teamnoahfoundation.org/) THANKS TO OUR GENEROUS CAMPERS! Once again, will choose a local charity near and dear to our hearts. Our hope is to match or beat that donation in 2018!