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Earth Day

Party for the Planet



Docent teaching students.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 19, 2017. The annual Party for the Planet runs from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM and is open to the public. Special activities and games are geared for students 3rd grade and above. Reservations for schools are requested.  If you wish to be an exhibitor at the event, please contact Whitney Buchman at zoo.education@gardencityks.us or at 620-276-1250


Otter with public.This year our theme is “Reshaping the Future!”  Climate change is a reality we must face, but there are things we can do to help fight climate change.  Come learn what we can do today to save our future. 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 local Richard Rennerand 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 games that demonstrate the impact we have on the world around us.


Guest performer Richard Renner will be back on stage with the Recycle Cycle.  His crazy antics will keep the kids laughing while learning what they can do to help our planet. The “Recycle Cycle” will also be traveling around zoo grounds throughout the day interacting with guests.


Giraffe and public.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 celebrations an annual tradition to help current and future generations learn how to be better stewards of the Earth.