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Join us for Earth Day at the Zoo celebration! Learn all about environmental sustainability and the individual actions you can take to make a difference through onsite experiences, live discussions with local experts, an inside look at the Zoo’s conservation programming, and more.

This year, Earth Day is celebrating its 53rd anniversary and through our virtual and onsite events, you’ll learn about the conservation challenges of different species over the past five decades, and come away with ways you can live more sustainably to help protect our Earth for future generations.

A word from our sponsor who we so appreciate:

Diamond Packaging is proud to celebrate Earth Day by partnering with the Seneca Park Zoo to help kids plant trees and seeds for butterfly gardens.

Now in its ninth year, Diamond’s Earth Day partnership with the Zoo is an ideal way to educate and inspire visitors about conservation. It is also an opportunity for Diamond to discuss its industry-leading sustainability initiatives.

 

Schedule of Events

 
 

Plenty of Onsite Activities to Learn From and Participate In:

  • Recycling activity station hosted by our Earth Day sponsor, Diamond Packaging, and the Zoo Society’s Urban Ecologist Team
  • Sapling & pollinator plant seed station, which  will have 250 blue spruce saplings and 300-500 batches of seeds for guests to plant in biodegradable planters.  
  • Onsite exhibit hosted by Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (FL PRISM) on invasive species monitoring and remediation. 
  • Activities and informative stations from local conservation partners, Zoo Naturalists and Urban Ecologists
  • Community Cleanup at Durand Eastman Beach from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Register here.
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Animal Programming/Enrichment*

10:30 a.m. – Polar Bear

11:30 a.m. – Snakes of Madagascar 

1:30 p.m. – Rhino 

2:30 p.m. – River Otter

 

* Animal demos/enrichment is always subject to change/cancellation without notice due to to the care and comfort of the animal.

 

Other Great Earth Day Resources:

The Canopy Project – For every $1 donated 1 tree is planted!

Snailing at Chittenango Falls (blog)

Water and Where it Goes (blog)

Recycling

Otter Recycling (video)

Learn to How to Compost! (video)

Recycling Guides (Downloadable PDFs):

Mixed Recycling Guide 1

Mixed Recycling Guide 2

 

Climate Focused

Heat Trapping Metaphor (video)

Responsible Consumerism

Check out these programs and apps they have created to download and use to make sure you are making sustainable choices when you shop!

Seafood Watch

Sustainable Palm Oil

Upcycling

Paper Bag-Basket Project

Planters Project 

Steps Toward Personal Sustainability

 

The 2023 City Nature Challenge

 

Help Rochester compete with cities all around the world to make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people over a three-day period!

 
 

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor:

Diamond Packaging logo

 

And thanks to RG&E for their support of this day as well!