An Evening at Roger Williams Park Zoo

We are celebrating our 30th anniversary and our 2024 Access for All Abilities Mini Grant recipients with an ice cream social!

Join us as we celebrate our 30th anniversary!

This year's mini grant recipients are:

  • The Collaborative in Warren, which will purchase a removable ramp for the main entryway at its new program location and make improvements to its restroom to be ADA-compliant. 
  • Gnome Surf, which will build a four-part disability awareness strengthening program mandatory for all instructors with topics including autism awareness, sensitivity awareness, child safeguarding and more.
  • Newport Art Museum, which will create participatory, inclusive spaces in galleries and quiet areas with resources such as tactile displays, didactics, iPads with artist-featured videos, musical instruments and sensory bins. 
  • Providence Public Library, which will purchase and install sound-dampening panels in program and classroom spaces to improve acoustics for all program participants.
  • Refugee Dream Center, which will purchase two specialized beach chairs tailored for individuals with mobility impairments and establish a program so community members with disabilities can borrow them free of charge.

Roger Williams Park Zoo will be closed to the public for this free event. Please note that the zoo does not rent wheelchairs or strollers during evening events.

Registration for this event is closed. Only registered and confirmed guests may attend. 


  • 5:30 to 6 p.m.: Guests arrive
  • 6 to 6:45 p.m.: Presentation and mini grant awards
  • 6:45 to 8:30 p.m.: Ice cream social and guests have free access to explore the zoo

Reasonable accommodation request:

If you need a reasonable accommodation (e.g., ASL interpreter) to fully participate in this event, please indicate your request on the registration form.