Earth Day at the Zoo


The Houston Zoo is celebrating Earth Day weekend with a Party for the Planet, sponsored by CenterPoint Energy, from 9 to 3 Saturday and Sunday.  The focus will be on the large variety of critters in residence at the Houston Zoo and the habitats on planet Earth that sustain them.  Guests will learn how protecting the environment helps wildlife.  It’s free to members.

Activities include:

  • Mother Earth Maze – Guests can choose the earth-friendly option that saves species in the wild as they make their way through the maze.
  • Scavenger Hunt – Explore the zoo looking for ways the zoo (and you!) help save animals in the wild. Prizes for completion are available at the Front Plaza (prizes available while supplies last).
  • DJ – What’s a party without music? Dance, sing and hula-hoop to the music at the Reflection Pool.
  • Reusable Mural – Channel your inner artist on our five-foot-tall coloring mural, a fun reusable art project.
  • Meet the Keeper Talks Presented by Phillips 66 – Hear special Meet the Keeper Talks throughout the day and find out how the Houston Zoo helps animals at the zoo and in the wild
  • Ladybug Release – 10 a.m. – Meet a zoo horticulturist and learn how you can protect pollinators, all while ladybugs are released into the Butterfly Garden.

Saturday only, two Houston-area schools are showing their wild side at the Houston Texans Enrichment Zone:

  • KIPP Academy Middle School “Trashion” Show –  This fashion show features outfits made using recycled materials – all created by the middle school students. 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m.
  • Lyons Elementary Performance – Lyons Elementary will present their version of The Lion King. 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.  

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