Welcome to the Roger Williams Park Zoo's Nature Swap located within the new "Our Big Backyard" exhibit! To participate in Nature Swap, bring in natural "found" items to collect points for swapping with items in our collection. You can trade things commonly found in nature like shells, rocks, acorns, leaves, or pine cones.

When you bring in an item, you will be awarded points for:

  • Type of item.
  • What you know about your item.
  • Your description of the exprience you had when you found the item.
  • The quality and cleanliness of the item.

Swappers, ages 3 and up, can register for an account and start trading right away! Children under the age of 14 must have parents permission to register.


Operating Hours

Winter Hours (October-March)

HoursFriday through Monday from 10:00am - 2:00pm.

Closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

On Friday, January 19th, our hours will be 1-4.

We will be closed on Saturday, January 20th.

Have questions? Visit our Rules or FAQ pages in the tab above!