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Rosamond Gifford Zoo to host Party for the Planet!

Rosamond Gifford Zoo to host Party for the Planet!

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is celebrating Planet Earth with ways the public can learn about and protect wildlife and the environment with two events – Earth Day on Friday, April 22 and Party for the Planet on Saturday, April 23.

Minoa Bottle & Can will facilitate a bottle and can drive to benefit the zoo for the occasion! Bring returnable bottles and cans to the zoo between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Earth Day, April 22 and follow the signs to drop-off in the zoo parking lot. You may also bring returnables to Minoa Can & Bottle’s Minoa or Chittenango locations Thursday through Sunday -- just indicate they are for the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

Here is a summary of the zoo’s Celebrate Planet Earth programming:

EARTH DAY - Friday, April 22

This year’s Earth Day theme is Clean Up, Create and Connect.

Clean Up: Join community volunteers in helping spruce up the zoo grounds! Sign up to help with weeding, raking, mulching and trash pickup around the zoo starting at 9 a.m. Friday.

Create: Create better habitats for wildlife by doing a cleanup in your own neighborhood, planting wildflowers or a tree – and share your efforts by posting and tagging the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

Connect: Share your photos of what you did to improve your local habitat via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #syracusezoo and #CelebratePlanetEarth for a chance to win a special prize!

PARTY FOR THE PLANET - Saturday, April 23

Come to the zoo for this fun and educational conservation celebration highlighting environmental projects happening in CNY and around the world. Make the rounds to exhibitors like Greening USACornell Cooperative Extension and the SUNY-ESF Snailblazers and attend keeper chats featuring zoo animals.  Free with zoo membership or admission.

Exhibitor Tables Open – 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Keeper Chat Schedule:

11 a.m. – Asian Elephants | Helga Beck Asian Elephant Preserve

11:30 a.m. – Outreach Animals – Decomposers | Upper Lobby

Noon – Red Wolves | Red Wolf Exhibit, Wildlife Trail

12:30 p.m. – Outreach Animal Greeter | Upper Lobby

1 p.m. – Seahorse Nursery | USS Antiquities Cave

1:30 p.m. – Pollinator Garden Chat by Men’s & Women’s Garden Club of Syracuse | Pollinator Garden

2 p.m. – The Importance of Snakes | Upper Lobby

2:30 p.m. – Outreach Animal Greeter | Upper Lobby

3 p.m. – Golden Lion Tamarin | Social Animals Building

*Schedule Subject to Change

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