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Celebrate All Things Green at the Milwaukee County Zoo's

Party for the Planet

Sponsored by American Transmission Company

May 16 & 17, 2015

African lion

Join our big green party Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 at the Zoo’s “Party for the Planet,” sponsored by American Transmission Company (ATC). This annual conservation celebration combines education and fun, while drawing attention to the need to save our precious resources for future generations.

Highlights include:

    Fly through the Zoo as your favorite feathered friend, and migrate just like a bird from Puerto Rico to Wisconsin! Volunteers will answer questions, and the last migration departs at 2 p.m.
    Know your pollinators? Stop at the ATC table and play The Pollinator Game! Get your Grow Smart planning guide and common milkweed seeds for attracting Monarch butterflies.
    Hop aboard our environmentally-friendly tram for a free conservation tour! Tickets at the U.S. Cellular® Zoomobile booth. Limited seating; weather permitting.
  • WISCONSIN URBAN WOOD – New this year!
    Preserving and protecting our urban forests is Wisconsin Urban Wood’s mission – and YOU can become a part of it by recycling your trees back into the community. Decorate a piece of wood (supplies limited) and see the process of sustainable urban wood – from log to product!
    Celebrate ocean awareness, and learn how you can make sustainable seafood choices.  Color the fish back into the sea, and pledge to protect our oceans by taking a “selfie for the sea.” Look for Kohl’s Wild Theater actors from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Learn about the Zoo’s Grand Cayman Island and Jamaica iguana conservation projects.  Our experts will be on hand to discuss their fieldwork.
    Explore some of the trees in our 200-acre urban forest with this self-guided tour. You’ll get a map to identify tree markers to learn more about these trees. Complete the Woodlands Worksheet activities and redeem it for a Top Trumps card game!
    Children can plant native species alongside horticulturist Melinda Myers, creating a permanent butterfly garden to attract pollinators for years to come.
    Of course the Zoo’s animal collection is the backdrop for Party for the Planet, and presents yet another opportunity to learn how we can conserve many precious species.  Big Cat and Rhino zookeepers will discuss the animals in their care, and the ways you can help to make sure their wild counterparts are here for generations to come.
  • Visitors can purchase paintings created by both our big cats and our rhinos as part of the Zoo’s enrichment program, and even take a behind-the-scenes tour of the rhino stall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (suggestion donation: $1).

Join us for these eco-friendly activities and learn that we can all contribute to helping sustain both a healthier environment and lifestyle!

All Party for the Planet activities are free with regular Zoo admission. For additional information, call the Zoo’s Public Affairs and Services Division at 414.771.3040.

Special thanks to our Party for the Planet sponsor:
American Transmission Co.