Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — **FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
On Saturday, April 18, 2015, Oakland Zoo is hosting one of the largest Earth Day celebrations in the East Bay. From 10:00am – 3:00pm, more than fifty local environmental organizations are taking part in the child-friendly festivities. The public is invited to join the party, while touring dozens of interactive Earth Stations throughout Oakland Zoo.
This Earth Day event is sponsored by Taiwan Tourism, the Heart of Asia and will include animal presentations, flying trapeze demonstrations by Trapeze Arts of West Oakland, an earth ball game, animal trivia, and live entertainment. Highlights also include a giant community art wall with Artismobilus and a mobile fish unit from East Bay Regional Park District. Guests may donate an old cell phone for a free train ride. Recycling your cell phone helps conserve the habitat of great apes in Africa.
“Humans around the globe have been celebrating their connection to and reverence of the planet for centuries,” said Amy Gotliffe, Conservation Director at Oakland Zoo. “It makes sense that our modern society would create a day such as Earth Day: a special day set aside to appreciate and take action for our one precious planet. Earth Day has been celebrated for forty-five years and in nearly 200 countries, and Oakland Zoo joins in the celebration by producing one of the largest Earth Day events in the East Bay. It is our pleasure to bring together our visitors and community to connect with over fifty wildlife and nature-based organizations. We hope our guests have a ball while learning that each of us truly matter, and that we can all take action for wildlife. It will be a wonderful day and a genuine party for the planet!”
Besides being entertaining, this day-long event is an opportunity for families to connect with nature and their favorite animals. Action for Wildlife is at the heart of Oakland Zoo’s conservation efforts. Find out how everyone can take action to help wildlife around the planet.
All ages are welcome for a day of interactive learning and animal inspired fun. The 2015 Earth Day event at Oakland Zoo is included with regular Zoo admission ($11.75 for children/seniors; $15.75 for adults; parking $8.00). Bring a used ink cartridge or cell phone to recycle and receive a free train ride.
Earth Day 2015 Schedule of Activities:
Clorox Wildlife Theater (Located in Children’s Zoo) 11.45am: Live Animal Encounters with Oakland Zoo docents 12:30pm: Live Animal Encounters with Oakland Zoo docents
Children’s Zoo Commons: Animal Trivia with Oakland Zoo Teen Wild Guides 1:00pm: Jugbandits Band 2:30pm: Jugbandits Band
Adventures in the Meadow 11:15am: Giant Earth Ball for Little Kids 12:00pm: Wild Trapeze show with Trapeze Arts 1:00pm: Giant Earth Ball for Big Kids 2:00pm: Wild Trapeze show with Trapeze Arts
Arroyo Viejo Creek 9:00am -12:00pm: Help restore the creek with the creek crew and the city of Oakland. Meet at the entrance to the creek. Contact creek(at)oaklandzoo(dot)org for more info.
Oakland Zoo is thrilled to welcome the following organizations to participate in a “Party for the Planet:”
1. 96 Elephants 2. Act for Great Apes 3. Africa Matters 4. Amboseli Trust for Elephants 5. Animal Rescue Foundation 6. Aquarium of the Bay 7. Artismobilus Art Wall 8. Bay Area Air Quality Management 9. Bay Area Puma Project 10. Bay Area Seafood Watch Alliance 11. BEAR League 12. Big Life 13. Budongo Snare Removal Project 14. California Academy of Sciences 15. California Department of Fish and Wildlife 16. California Trail 17. California Wolf Center 18. CentreValBio 19. The Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research and Education 20. East Bay Regional Parks Fishmobile 21. East Bay SPCA 22. Ecoloblue 23. EWASO Lions 24. Girl Scout Troop 32899 25. Hungry Owl Project 26. Lindsay Wildlife Museum 27. Lola ya Bonobo 28. March for Elephants 29. Marine Mammal Center 30. Marshalls Farm Honey 31. Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue 32. Monterey Bay Aquarium 33. Mountain Lion Foundation 34. Mountain Yellow Legged Frog Project 35. Northern Light School 36. Oakland Zoo Membership 37. Oakland Zoo Education 38. Palomacy Pidgeon & Dove Adoptions 39. Performing Animal Welfare Society 40. Primate Education Network 41. Red Panda Network 42. River Otter Ecology Network 43. San Francisco Zoo 44. Save Nature 45. Snow Leopard Conservancy 46. Sonoma Birding 47. Stopwaste 48. Sulfur Creek Nature Center 49. Taiwan Tourism Bureau 50. Trapeze Arts 51. Uganda Carnivore Program 52. Ventana Wildlife Society 53. Western Pond Turtle Project 54. Whole Foods 55. WildAid 56. ZooCamp Nature Play
ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO: The Bay Area’s award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid’s activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks. For more information please visit our website at http://www.oaklandzoo.org.