Party for the Planet 2019 Powered by the LG&E and KU Foundation

Party for the Planet 2019: A Month-Long Celebration of the Earth

Party for the Planet - Family with Louie the Lightning BugOne 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! This year marks the Zoo’s 29th year of celebrating the Earth since our first celebration in 1990. This 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, weekend recycling programs, fun contests and more.

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Multi-Day Events

ZooPoopyDoo Compost and Mulch Sale
Saturday, April 6,13, 20, 27 (7:30 – 11:30 a.m.)
Get your garden ready for spring with our unique, high-quality ZooPoopyDoo compost and hardwood bark mulch. Click here for prices, instructions and details.

TreesLouisville Tree Giveaway
Sunday, April 7 and 28 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
TreesLouisville will be here on April 7 and April 28 giving away 225 trees each day, on a first-come, first-serve basis to help promote a rebuilding of Louisville’s tree canopy. Join us and learn why our tree canopy is important.

Fun Day Mondays
Monday, April 8, 15, 22 & 29
Enjoy $5.25 Zoo admission, courtesy of the LG&E and KU Foundation. There will be special zoo keeper talks and LG&E and KU’s Mini City display plus appearances by Louie the Lightning Bug from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Date Specific Events

Party for the Planet 2018 - Orchestra kidsEarth Month Kick-Off
Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m.
See how local students turn trash into treasure in our annual Trashformation Art Contest. View winning displays and attend the press conference at 11 a.m. when we’ll announce this year’s winners. There will also be a jam session led by Louisville Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams for students who enterered the musical instrument category.

National Zoo Lovers Day
Saturday, April 6, (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Meet our new giraffe mascot as you enjoy the sights and sounds of the Zoo you love and learn more about giraffes.

Backyard Action Hero Day
Saturday April 13 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
A Backyard Action Hero (BAH) is a super cool person who cares about wildlife and wants to help animals and their habitats! We’ll have 6 – 8 stations around the Zoo to teach you about wildlife and the natural world. And pick up your free copy of the current BAH guidebook!

Water Step Recycle Sunday
Sunday, April 14, (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Recycle a pair of gently used shoes at the Zoo! WaterStep’s donated shoe collection helps to provide safe water to developing communities and on average prevents 30,000 pounds of shoe waste from going into landfills.

Party for the Planet 2018 - Girl with Easter basketCELEBRATE EASTER WEEKEND

Saturday, April 20 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Hop on over for a special day filled with EGGciting fun! Meet and greet the Easter Bunny, enjoy some EGGcellent games and watch as our Zoo animals take part in some EGGstraordinary fun. Bring your own baskets and join us for free egg hunts for children 11 and under. This event is FREE with Zoo admission or membership.

Easter Brunch
Saturday, April 20 (9 a.m.)
Reservation Required
Looking for an EGGstra-special way to start the day? Join us for a special Easter Brunch! For more info and to order tickets, please visit

Eco-Cell Recycle Sunday & Gorilla Conservation Day
Sunday, April 21
Drop off your old cell phones at the Zoo. Save $1 off admission while you help save wildlife! In Gorilla Forest, there will be zoo keeper talks, education stations and more!

Save the Rhino Day
Saturday, April 27 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Charge on over and learn more about rhinos. Enjoy special keeper talks and meet Letterman and Sindi, our southern white rhinos, plus our new rhino mascot Leroy.

Earth Day Celebration
Sunday, April 28, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (stay until 6 p.m.)
Celebrate Earth Day with special keeper talks, more than 20 community eco-partner displays (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and $8.25 Zoo admission all day courtesy of the LG&E and KU Foundation — plus FREE parking! Visit LG&E and KU’s Mini City display and Louie the Lightning Bug mascot. To purchase online discount tickets for this day, click here.

If you are interested in being an Earth Day eco-partner / exhibitor, please click here.