Save the Date! June 4: Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo open to the public

Know Before You Go:
In order to ensure the safety of staff and guests, we've made modifications to the Zoo experience in accordance with public guidance and health recommendations. Please be sure to review the following Re-Opening FAQs for FPZ and SZ before your visit.

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Given the current circumstances surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19, we are restructuring this year’s City Nature Challenge in the Boston area -- first, by renaming it the City Nature Celebration!

Instead of competing, we seek to share appreciation of nature and its biodiversity. To keep everyone safe and comply with rules around social gatherings, we are cancelling in-person events. Our goal is to help everyone participate in the CNC, even while keeping our communities safe.  

Many are now taking solace in their time away from work or school by spending more time in the great outdoors. We encourage all to shift focus to the local flora and fauna of their own neighborhoods and backyards. By taking a closer look at our natural surroundings, we can gain a greater appreciation of local wildlife while also adhering to social distancing guidelines. We also want to encourage everyone to take care to preserve and treat natural spaces and creatures with respect. 

Exploring Nature in and Around your house


National Geographic has some excellent activities described on their website that can be done right in your own backyard. Some other fun activities that can be done to explore your local biodiversity include setting up camera traps, building your own insect catcher and installing coverboards to find all sorts of critters. Even lights in front of your own house can be used to attract insects at night, something that Project PorchLight focuses on. We hope that you all stay safe in this time but continue to observe and appreciate your natural surroundings.

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