Party for the Planet 2016: A Month-Long Celebration of the Earth


One day isn’t enough to celebrate the wonder of our Planet and promote the need to protect it — so the Louisville Zoo is hosting a month-long party. During the month of April, enjoy weekend activities and cool displays by our Eco-Partners to learn how you can do your part to help our planet. Plus, there will be ZooPoopyDoo compost and mulch sales, fun contests and more.

Month-Long Events

Monday, April 11, 18, and 25

Fun Day Mondays

Enjoy $5.25 general admission on Fun Day Mondays in April. There will be special Zookeeper talks and appearances by Buddy Bat from 10 a.m. to noon and LG&E and KU’s Louie the Lightning Bug from noon to 2 p.m. Docents will be on hand with animals and biofacts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 2, 9, 23 and 30, 7:30 – 11:30 a.m.

ZooPoopyDoo Compost and Mulch Sale

Get your garden ready for spring with our unique, high-quality ZooPoopyDoo compost and hardwood bark mulch. Purchase instructions and options at louisvillezoo.org/zoopoopydoo.

  • Compost: $40 per scoop
  • Mulch: $19.50 per scoop (covers 17.8 cubic feet)

April 14 through May 5

LEGO® Fans!

Artist Sean Kenney’s Nature Connects® is back with more amazing sculptures made from LEGO bricks. Get a sneak peak of a new show that will be here in 2018.  See 3 of his magnificent larger-than-life LEGO brick animals April 14 – May 5:  a polar bear, whooping crane and snow leopard. Free with Zoo admission.

Special Day Events

Every Saturday & Sunday in April,
docents will be on hand with animals and biofacts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Backyard Bird and Raptor Awareness Day

Join the Louisville Zoo docents and Zookeepers as we highlight a variety of our feathered friends. Learn about the birds and raptors you may find in your own backyard!

Sunday, April 3, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bear Day

Come out and join the Louisville Zoo for a weekend that’s so much fun we can hardly “bear” it! Visit Glacier Run to learn how we care for all of our bear species and watch as the bears are treated to some special enrichment treats. Zoo mascot Grizwald will meet and greet children of all ages. Be sure to bring your camera!

Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Eco-Partner: Kentucky Herp Society

Stop by the Zoo’s front plaza and visit with the Kentucky Herp Society (KHS) and some of their amazing creatures. The KHS promotes conservation and quality care of all wildlife, herpetofauna in particular, in every possible way.

Sunday, April 10, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Crocs Rock!

It’s crocodile day at the Zoo! Swim over to meet popular storybook character, Lyle Lyle Crocodile. Visit with Zookeepers and learn more about our scaly friends. What’s the difference between a crocodile and an alligator? Find out this and more! There will also be activities from Louisville Water Company.

Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (stay until 6 p.m.)

Earth Day Celebration

Celebrate Earth Day featuring special keeper talks, more than 20 community eco-partners and $8.25 Zoo admission all day courtesy of LG&E and KU. Plus FREE parking! Visit LG&E and KU’s Mini City display and Louie the Lightning Bug mascot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.

Sunday, April 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Hang with the Bats Day

Fly over and learn more about some of nature’s favorite nocturnal fliers. Enjoy special keeper talks about our vampire and fruit bats as well as an appearance from Stellaluna!

Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Eco-Partner: Louisville Zoo Docents

Louisville Zoo educators located around the Zoo explain and demonstrate ways you can help our planet.

Sunday, April 24, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

World Penguin Day

Waddle over and spend the day learning all about our Rockhopper penguins. Special keeper presentations will be held throughout the day. Learn about the Zoo’s newest exhibit Penguin Cove, featuring our new “Little” blue penguins, before the exhibit opens on May 14.

Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Eco-Partner: Kentucky Science Center

Learn about the importance of recycling, nature conservation and more with KSC as we celebrate the Earth! Test out different types of plastics; explore the science behind frogs, energy, and the way humans impact our planet.