Cleveland Zoo celebrates Earth Day Saturday

Cleveland Zoo celebrates Earth Day Saturday

Make plans to


and celebrate Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The event will combine environmental education and family fun, while highlighting the zoo's sustainability initiatives, bio-diversity and how conservation efforts affect wildlife and wild places.

The day will be filled with special activities set up throughout the zoo, including the new Cleveland Metroparks NatureTracks mobile classroom, infused with touch screen technology and interactive exhibits, Meet the Keeper sessions, and craft stations at African Elephant Crossing and the Primate, Cat & Aquatics Building. Plus can't-miss animal enrichment demonstrations, conservation displays and hands-on educational programs at the Center for Zoological Medicine and around the zoo. All of which will help inspire connections between guests and the natural world.

Families can visit their favorite zoo animals and exhibits, including the new Penguin Shores exhibit in Northern Trek with a flock of six African penguins, and see a special preview of this summer's live animal show with Professor Wylde. Kids will also enjoy a ride on the Circle of Wildlife Carousel, indulging their imaginations in the Nature Discovery Ridge play area and celebrating the Year of Clean Water with educational activities that focus on keeping our local water safe and drinkable.

New for this year will be a special theatrical performance by the Arm of the Sea Theater Company, provided by the Emerald Necklace Endowment Fund. This Saugerties, New York-based group has been performing across the U.S. for more than 20 years and will adapt one of its popular shows, "The Rejuvenary River Circus," to reflect the Great Lakes and the Cuyahoga River. They will perform two shows at the zoo during Party for the Planet, and another on Sunday at Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Stewardship Center in West Creek Reservation in Parma.

Linda Zolten Wood, director of the Painted Rain Barrel Project, will be on hand to discuss the benefits of diverting storm water from our region's sewers by using a hand-painted rain barrel. Guests are encouraged to bring their old cell phones, aluminum cans and reusable shoes and clothes for recycling. Proceeds from the cans collected will benefit the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds and shoes and clothes will benefit Planet Aid.

An Educator's Open House will be held during the event as well to offer local teachers the chance to learn about the variety of programs offered by the zoo's Conservation Education Division. Registration is required for the open house. Teachers can register

or by calling (216) 635-3391.

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