Party for the Planet: A Month-Long Celebration of the Earth powered by the LG&E and KU Foundation will launch in its usual slot in April 2021.
This month-long celebration will include $5.25 admission for Fun Day Mondays on April 5,12,19 and 26 as well as $8.25 admission on April 25 when the Zoo will celebrate its Earth Day Festival. The Zoo’s social channels will also feature conservation-minded videos on each Saturday in April from some of the Zoo’s eco-partners. And, after being postponed for COVID-19 last year ZooPoopyDoo compost sales return each Saturday in April (April 3,10,17,24) and May 1 and 15. Compost must be purchased in advance online. Prices and information available at louisvillezoo.org/earth.
Everyone, including members, must reserve or purchase tickets online in advance at louisvillezoo.org/tickets. No one will be admitted without a ticket. Guests will be asked to choose their date and hour of arrival. Tickets are valid for the reserved date and time only, however, guests may enjoy the Zoo at their leisure. The special ticketing policy, including frequently asked questions, is available at louisvillezoo.org/together.
The student winners of the Trashformation Recycled Art Contest will also be announced as part of Earth Day on April 22 on the Zoo’s social channels and on the Zoo’s website at LouisvilleZoo.org/Trashformation.
“Even in these challenging times, Party for the Planet provides a great opportunity for people to enjoy animals, nature and the world around us,” said LG&E and KU Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs Angie Evans. “This event can also serve as a catalyst for families to start a dialogue with children early on about how we can all do our part to help preserve the earth.”
“We believe that the planet we inhabit deserves more than just one day to celebrate,” said Louisville Zoo Director John Walczak. “We are grateful to our partners — LG&E and KU Foundation— for helping us make the $5.25 Fun Day Mondays and the Earth Day Community Discount possible.”
Full schedule of events:
Virtual Kick-Off Event
The Zoo will celebrate the kick-off of Earth Month on the Zoo’s Facebook page.
April 3, 10, 17, 24
The Zoo will be sharing videos on social media from our eco-partners to help guests explore ways to help to protect our planet.
April 3, 10, 17, 24 and May 1, 15
ZooPoopyDoo Compost Sale
7:30 – 11:30 a.m.
The Zoo’s unique, high-quality ZooPoopyDoo compost will be on sale each Saturday in April (plus May 1 and 15).
Compost: $40 per scoop
April 5, 12, 19, 26
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. ($5.25 general admission)
Guests can enjoy $5.25 Zoo admission, courtesy of LG&E and KU Foundation. Please note that tickets and parking passes must be purchased in advance online. Capacities are limited to safeguard the health of staff, animals, and guests during COVID-19.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Zoo is hosting a tree giveaway with TreesLouisville! The tree giveaway will take place in the Zoo’s bus parking lot. Jefferson County residents can receive up to 2 trees per vehicle. Varieties include sugar maple, redbud, American beech, tulip poplar & a hybrid white/bur oak.
Conservation and Conservations
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. ($10 per device)
Readings from Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough
Join us for a virtual book club discussion on Greta Thunberg’s book “No One is too Small to Make a Difference” and David Attenborough’s “A Life on Our Planet” about the global experience of climate change and what we can do to mitigate human’s adverse impact on the planet. Register at Louisvillezoo.org/events.
Earth Day’s Virtual Trashformation Contest Award Ceremony
The Zoo will announce the winners of this year’s Trashformation Art Contest (student recycled art contest) via Facebook live stream at facebook.com/louisvillezoo. Local celebrities including Louisville Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams will present the winners.
Earth Day at the Zoo ($8.25 general admission)
Guest can enjoy $8.25 Zoo admission PLUS Free Parking courtesy of LG&E and KU Foundation. Please note that tickets must be purchased in advance online. Capacities are limited to safeguard the health of staff, animals, and guests during COVID-19.
Staff members have mandatory temperature checks as they arrive to work. All staff in public areas wear masks. The Zoo requires guests to wear masks, as well. Zookeepers continue to wear masks around vulnerable animal populations.
The Zoo will be cleaning and disinfecting high-touch areas frequently. All of the restrooms will be open with step-and-pull entry or touchless access. Zoo staff and markers will be present to help encourage social distancing.
Guests will be asked to follow a one-way route through the Zoo. Indoor exhibit areas will not be open. The Wild Walk trail will take guests through popular exhibits like the Islands, the Americas, Glacier Run, and Gorilla Forest. Along the way, guests will be able to see Sunni or Sebastian in the Zoo’s new sloth exhibit and visit elephant calf, Fitz. In the coming months, the Zoo hopes to reopen indoor exhibits, rides, and playgrounds.
There will be limited menus available at select outdoor food kiosks throughout the Zoo, as well as water bottle refill stations. Outdoor picnic areas have been arranged to ensure social distancing.
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