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LG&E and KU Foundation sponsors events throughout April;
$8.25 admission to the Zoo’s Earth Day celebration on April 28
The Louisville Zoo is throwing its annual bash for the Earth — Party for the Planet: A Month-Long Celebration of the Earth, powered by the LG&E and KU Foundation. The month of April will feature special activities including zoo keeper presentations, a regional art contest for students, $8.25 admission on April 28 and conservation-minded events every weekend.
“Party for the Planet is a fantastic celebration for families across our communities and we’re proud to be a part of that,” said LG&E and KU Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs Angie Evans. “Not only does this event creates an opportunity for families to spend time together, but it enables them to start a dialogue with children early on about what we can all do to help preserve the earth.”
Visit louisvillezoo.org/earth for full details about the entire month.
April Party for the Planet Activities
Saturdays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27, 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. Compost is $40 + tax per scoop. Mulch is $19.50 + tax per scoop. Each scoop is 17.8 cubic feet. Available to purchase day of at admission windows.
Monday, April 8, 15, 22, & 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (enjoy until 6 p.m.)
Fun Day Mondays
Guests can enjoy $5.25 general 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.
Sundays, April 7 and 28, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
TreesLouisville Tree Giveaway
TreesLouisville will be at the Zoo 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.
Date Specific Events
Saturday, March 23, 11 a.m.
Earth Month Kick-Off Press Conference and Trashformation Awards Ceremony
Mayor Fischer will announce winners for the Trashformation art contest. The Zoo is once again partnering with the Louisville Orchestra’s MakingMUSIC Landfill Orchestra program encouraging students to create a playable musical instrument from recycled materials. Students submitting a musical instrument will be invited to participate in a jam session with their instruments led by Louisville Orchestra music director Teddy Abrams at the awards presentation.
Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
National Zoo Lovers Day
Meet the Zoo’s new giraffe mascot and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Zoo you love and learn more about giraffes.
Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Backyard Action Hero Day
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 a free copy of the Louisville Zoo’s most recent Backyard Action Hero Guidebook. Visit 6 – 8 stations around the Zoo to learn about wildlife and the natural world.
Sunday, April 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Water Step Recycle Sunday
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.
Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Guests can meet and greet the Easter Bunny, enjoy some EGGcellent games and watch as our Zoo animals take part in some EGGstraordinary fun. Guests should bring their own baskets; free egg hunts for children 11 and under. This event is FREE with Zoo admission or membership.
Sunday, April 20 at 9 a.m.
For more info and to order tickets, please visit LouisvilleZoo.org/brunch.
Sunday April 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Eco-Cell Recycle Sunday and Gorilla Conservation Day
Drop off old cell phones at the Zoo. Save $1 off admission and help save wildlife! In Gorilla Forest, there will be zoo keeper talks, education stations and more.
Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Save the Rhino Day
Enjoy special keeper talks and meet Letterman and Sindi, the Zoo’s southern white rhinos, plus new rhino mascot Leroy.
Sunday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (enjoy the Zoo until 6 p.m.)
$8.25 admission all day, free parking
Eco-Partner displays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day with special keeper talks, more than 30 community eco-partner displays (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and $8.25 Zoo admission and free parking all day courtesy of the LG&E and KU Foundation. Visit LG&E and KU’s Mini City display and see Louie the Lightning Bug mascot.
The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company, part of the PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) family of companies, are regulated utilities that serve nearly 1.3 million customers and have consistently ranked among the best companies for customer service in the United States. LG&E serves 328,000 natural gas and 414,000 electric customers in Louisville and 16 surrounding counties. KU serves 555,000 customers in 77 Kentucky counties and five counties in Virginia. More information is available at www.lge-ku.com and www.pplweb.com.
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