The Zoo in Forest Park and Education Center is a non-profit organization governed by the Forest Park Zoological Society. Situated in Forest Park, a 735 acre woodland park in Springfield, the Zoo features exotic and indigenous animals representing a large variety of species found throughout the world and in North America.

The Zoo is dedicated to wildlife education and offers a variety of educational programs and special events for children and adults. Zoo On The Go, Guided Tours, and Discovery Programs can be adapted to all age groups and interests. Different events almost every weekend allow guests to explore all aspects of science, while having a good time. Animal Tales in July and August introduces the mystery and excitement of nature through literature. Zoo Camp, during both winter and summers school vacations all children ages 6-11 to explore nature, discover wildlife and meet exotic creatures.

Board Members

  • Nunzio Bruno - Board President
  • Nathan Bazinet - Interim Executive Director
  • Daniel Burack
  • Jeanne Elin
  • Theodore Hebert
  • Tom Kennedy
  • Carol Levine
  • Nancy Piela
  • Evan Plotkin
  • Barbara Skroback
  • Karen Canata-Boydston
  • Alison Silber, Esq
  • Alison Bartlett-O'Donald, Esq
The Zoo is Open for Summer!
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