The Palm Beach Zoo along with more than 120 of the top zoos and aquariums across North America are throwing the 7th Annual Party for the Planet™ – the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America this weekend.
“Every year, AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums welcome more than 180 million visitors who have an interest in connecting with wildlife, learning about nature, and becoming involved in protecting the future of our Earth,” said AZA President & CEO Jim Maddy. “By participating in the Party for the Planet™ at your local zoo or aquarium, you are making a difference by helping to support conservation locally and worldwide.”
Party for the Planet will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 20 & 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Activities will include performances by the Pied Piper of Percussion: Steve Gryb in the Fountain Plaza, wildlife shows, keeper talks and roving animal encounters, recycled crafts in the Florida Pioneer House, and children’s games focusing on the importance of recycling and environmental protection.
Saturday will also feature the rededication of the Zoo’s Butterfly Garden. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and will celebrate the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs naming the Zoo’s butterfly garden an official butterfly sanctuary. The West Palm Beach Garden Club worked tirelessly to revamp and replant the area for the enjoyment of Zoo guests and of course, the butterflies.
In partnership with Waste Management of Florida, Inc. and Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, the Zoo will collect e-waste for proper disposal. When guests drop off an e-waste item this Saturday or Sunday in the WM Bagster located in the Zoo’s main parking lot, they will receive a $2.00 discount on their day’s admission. Items such as cell phones, electronic personal organizers, game consoles, printers, scanners, monitors, computers, answering machines, televisions, radios, etc. are eligible for the discount.