Party for the Planet Hader

Party for the Planet 2018: 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.

Multi-Day Events

April 7, 14, 21, 28 and May 19.
ZooPoopyDoo Compost and Mulch Sale
Time: 7:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Get your garden ready for spring with our unique, high-quality ZooPoopyDoo compost and hardwood bark mulch.
Compost: $40 per scoop
Mulch: $19.50 per scoop (covers 17.8 cubic feet)
Click here to see details and options!


April 9, 16, 23, & 30
Funday Mondays
10 – 5 p.m. ($5.25 general admission)
10 – 2 p.m. Louie the Lightning Bug and LG&E and KU’s Mini City
Enjoy $5.25 Zoo admission, courtesy of our friends at LG&E and KU. There will be special zoo keeper talks and LG&E and KU’s Mini City display plus appearances by Louie the Lightning Bug from noon to 2 p.m.

Date Specific Events

Saturday, March 24 events rescheduled due to inclement weather. See below for new dates.

Saturday, March 31
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
(Postponed from March 24)
Hunt for eggs and meet the Easter Bunny!

Sunday, April 1
ZooCycle Sunday with Eco-Cell
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Help wild gorillas and clean your clutter for spring! Bring an old cell phone to recycle.

Saturday, April 7
Arctic Awareness Day with “Snowy Princess Sisters” Meet and Greet
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Head on over to Glacier Run to learn about polar bears — plus meet and greet a pair of snowy princess sisters to celebrate Arctic Awareness Day.

Sunday, April 8
National Zoo Lovers Day with Animal Educators
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
 It’s National Zoo Lovers Day! Visit the Louisville Zoo and show your support for Zoos and the important work they do all year long. Animal educators will be on grounds with animal artifacts and other fun animal activities to share with you.

Saturday, April 14
Trashformation Awards & Jam session  and
Primate Awareness Day with Curious George 
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
At 2 p.m., we will be announcing the winners of this year’s Trashformation Art Contest (postponed from March 24 due to weather). Then there will also be a Jam session led by Louisville Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams for students entering in the new musical instrument category. Click for more information on Trashformation.

You can also celebrate Primate Awareness Day by visiting Gorilla Forest to learn more about our western lowland gorillas or visit the Islands orangutans and siamangs to how you can help their relatives in the vanishing wild. Meet storybook character Curious George between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Be sure to bring your camera!

Sunday, April 15
ZooCycle Sunday with Animal Educators
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Animal educators will be on grounds with animal artifacts and other fun animal activities to share with you.

Saturday, April 21
Backyard Action Hero and Early Childhood Education Day
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Want to learn how to become a conservation hero? A Backyard Action Hero (BAH) is a kid or adult who is really into wildlife and habitats and is ready to take action to protect them. Pick up the Louisville Zoo’s most recent copy of the Backyard Action Hero Guidebook — Saving Species: Nature In Need. Learn about the animals that need our help, what makes animals become endangered, and what you can do to help animals in need! Animal educators will be on grounds with animal artifacts and other fun animal information to share with you. Visit with Louisville Water Company to learn about water quality and the technology behind using the earth as a source for creating safe drinking water.

Sunday, April 22
ZooCycle Sunday with WaterStep Shoe Recycling and TreesLouisville Giveaway
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Join Zoo partners WaterStep and recycle a pair of gently used shoes. WaterStep collects on average 30,000 pounds of shoes each month, so that’s 30,000 pounds of waste that is kept from going into landfills. Approximately 100 trees will be given away by TreesLouisville to help promote the rebuilding of Louisville’s tree canopy. LG&E and KU will provide a “Right Tree in Right Place” planning guide brochure with each seedling. (First 100 Jefferson County, KY residents.)

Saturday, April 28
Save the Frogs Day with the Frog Princess 
10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
Celebrate frogs! Head over to the HerpAquarium to learn more about amphibians and what you can do to help them.  A special Frog Princess guest will leap over for a meet and greet. Be sure to bring your camera!

Sunday, April 29
Earth Day Celebration/ LG&E Discount Day
10 a.m. –  5 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day with special keeper talks, community eco-partner displays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and $8.25 Zoo admission (ages 3 and older) all day courtesy of Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company — plus FREE parking! Visit LG&E and KU’s Mini City display and Louie the Lightning Bug mascot. Avoid the line and purchase discount tickets online here! Rain or shine event, tickets valid April 29, 2018 only, no refunds or exchanges.

Special thanks to River Metals Recycling and Greenway Shredding & Recycling for partnering with the Louisville Zoo during our “Earth Month Go Green ZooCycle” initiative. Visit these businesses all during the month of April and receive a discount on admission for your next visit to the Zoo! River Metals Recycling will help you “go green.” Eliminate cans, copper, aluminum, and iron plus e-cycle your old computer electronics.

Greenway Shredding & Recycling offers document destruction services for businesses large and small as well as residences. Bring your unwanted and confidential papers to their facility where they will be double shredded in a state of the art shredder and you will be provided a “Certificate of Destruction.”

WestRock Recycling LogoWestRock Recycling (formerlly QRS Recycling) is proud to partner with the Louisville Zoo and Louisville Metro Waste Management District for the wet-dry recycling program at the Zoo. This innovative program maximizes the recovery of recyclable materials, by composting all food waste while dry materials go to WestRock Recycling to be sorted and recycled.