Earth Day was established more than forty years ago as an environmental "teach-in" designed to raise awareness about ecology and the preservation of our precious ecosystem. Since then, and thanks to its official sanction by the UN, it has been celebrated every year in more than 175 countries around the world, and has energized whole populations to create lasting policies that protect our planet's future. But the Louisville Zoo plans not only to honor Earth Day itself on April 22 with festivities, but has also prepared a month's worth of bright green events and activities for environmentalists of all ages and backgrounds.
"Party for the Planet: A Month-long Celebration of the Earth" is being hosted every single day in April at the Zoo, thanks to the efforts of Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities (LG&E-KU). Our ecosystem will be investigated from every possible angle and visitors will be offered the chance to explore a range of environmental aspects, from compost creation to the intricacies of growing orchids. Each weekday will feature live animal encounters that bring you closer than you ever imagined to the Zoo's residents, and each weekend is jam-packed with character visits, tree seedling give-aways, display booths, and other special events.
Listed here are just a few of the exclusive programs you can expect to see in the course of the month:
On Earth Day, admission will be only $2 per person all day, courtesy of LG&E-KU. The Zoo will have in-depth displays on hand which highlight its conservation efforts throughout the year and the good work the Zoo's Eco-Partners are doing across the globe.
Is a thirty-day observance of this eco-holiday going a bit overboard? Just ask Laura Douglas, vice president of Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs for LG&E-KU. "A celebration about the Earth deserves not just a single day, but an entire month's worth of activities with something for everyone, from children to adults," she says. And with your help and the efforts of the Louisville Zoo to raise awareness and protect our one and only Mother Nature, we can ensure this celebration lasts well into the future.
Photo courtesy of the Louisville Zoo.
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