The Lee Richardson Zoo is expecting over 1,200 students from Garden City and surrounding communities at the zoo’s Earth Day Celebration on April 23, 2014. The annual Party for the Planet runs from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM Wednesday, and is open to the public. Special activities and games are geared for students 3rd grade and above. Reservations for schools are requested.
This year our theme is “Pledge for the Planet: Changes You Can Make” and participants will learn different ways to reduce their carbon footprint while encouraging all of us to become better stewards of our world. The celebration will take place inside the Finnup Center for Conservation Education and out on zoo grounds. Displays, activities, and demonstrations by zoo staff, volunteers, and over 20 local and regional exhibitors will give students an opportunity to get outside and learn about water, wildlife, recycling, energy efficiency, and more. Students will have the opportunity to play a water game, create a home for our wild amphibian friends, touch animal biofacts, and hear talks by animal keepers at select exhibits.
Guest performer and past favorite Richard Renner from Vaudeville Entertainment will be joining us again this year, combining comedy and education to teach children the importance of the three R’s: reducing, reusing, and recycling.
The first Earth Day was held in Washington, D.C. in 1970 to call attention to the declining health of our planet. The zoo has made Earth Day an annual tradition to help current and future generations learn how to be better stewards of the Earth.