The Franklin Park Zoo is a 72-acre site in Boston's historic Franklin Park. The Franklin Park Zoo first opened in 1912 and was originally managed by the City of Boston until 1958, where management responsibilities were then given to the Metropolitan District Commission, a state agency. In 1991 Gov. William Weld created the private Commonwealth Zoological Corporation to manage the zoo. In July of 1997, Commonwealth Zoological Corps officially began to publicly operate as Zoo New England. Zoo New England (ZNE) is the private, non-profit organization that operates Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Zoo New England is dedicated to saving species from extinction, while also serving as a center for education and research. Zoo New England serves individuals and communities within New England and beyond. The Franklin Park Zoo is located in Dorchester and is committed to engaging the surrounding communities, including, but not limited to: Dorchester, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Mattapan, and Hyde Park. We offer a wide range of learning opportunities through community education, in-school programming, volunteer opportunities, Zoo Camp, community outreach, and teen programming. We teach STEM and conservation by engaging participants and guests in activities with real world lessons and by giving them the opportunity to make connections with animals. The year-round opportunities offered at Zoo New England's Franklin Park Zoo include: ZooCamp, Zoo School, home school, various preschool-aged education programs, partnerships with schools such as James J. Chittick Elementary in Mattapan, volunteer opportunities, internship opportunities in both education and animal care, and Junior ZooTeens, an educational opportunity for 11-14 year olds. Zoo New England also provides meaningful work experience and professional development opportunities for young people through the ZooTeen program in the summer and the Teen Ambassador program during the school year. Every year in August, Franklin Park Zoo also participates in Free Fun Friday, a single-day event where admission is free for all Franklin Park Zoo visitors.