Earth Day at the Zoo

Earth Day has been celebrated on April 22 every year since 1970. Itis considered thebirth of the modern environmental movement. It includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EARTHDAY.ORG. It has evolved into the largest civic event on earth, activating billions of people across 192 countries to safeguard our planet.

This message appears on the Earth Day website.

Change starts with action. Better yet, an action that affects the world around you. A billion acts of greenĀ are happening across the planet. From students in classrooms to organizers in their communities to officials in government there are ways for anyone of any background to make a difference. Start small and go big, or start big and stay big.

The association The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is celebrating earth day with a Party for the Planet. Miller Park Zoo is one of approximately 230 zoos and aquariums joining together for the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America.

Earth Day Celebration – April 20rd 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Party for the Planet Recycled Art Sculpture Contest. Sculptures of animals made from recycled materials such as plastic containers, paper and wood will be judged by zoo guests. Prizes will be awarded in three age brackets. Bring your sculpture to the Zoo on April 19th. They will be put on display and voted on by our guests at our Party for the Planet-Earth Day event. Please email Silvia Schuh at to register for more information.

There will be various activities going on throughout the Zoo including outdoor play, a conservation booth, and Keeper Talks at the following times in the afternoon.

            12:30 – Flamingoes

             1:00 –  Wolves

            1:30 – Guanacos

            2:30 – Otters

To celebrate Earth Day, bike or walk instead of driving, plant trees, recycle, and be sure to visit Miller Park Zoo to join the Earth Day celebration!