The Nature Explore Classroom at
Charlie’s Nature Play at Buttonwood Park Zoo
The Zoo and Zoological Society partnered with Charlie’s Children’s Charities to fund the project in honor of Charles E. Winterhalter of Dartmouth who passed away in 2008 at the age of 44. Charles “Charlie” Winterhalter was a local businessman and philanthropist who devoted much of his time to improving the lives of children on the Southcoast.
This special area is dedicated to reconnecting children and families to nature through meaningful unstructured play. Charlie’s Nature Play space is a rich environment that will stimulate a child’s natural curiosity and creativity through multi-sensory, hands-on activities. The areas featured in Charlie’s Nature Play are: SPLASH, CREATE, BUILD, INVENT, PLAY, CLIMB, DIG, IMAGINE AND GROW.
425 Hawthorn Street
New Bedford, MA 02740