Celebrate the beauty and diversity of Mother Earth with the Sacramento Zoo on April 5 at the Earth Fest Party for the Planet. It's remarkable how far zoos have come in recent years. What were once depressing displays of wildlife made for the enjoyment of their human visitors, most zoos—the Sacramento Zoo included—are now ambassadors of the animal kingdom and are at the forefront of research and conservation. The Sacramento Zoo is celebrating this progressive conservationist stance with its Earth Fest by taking the day to teach visitors about how to protect and preserve the earth. More than 25 wildlife, environmental and conservation organizations will be coming out to put on displays, talks, and activities to engage visitors to think critically about the world around them. All day long, the zoo will be offering interactive wildlife wagons (where you can meet animals up close and personal), a recycle rummage sale, hands-on artifact displays, face painting and zoo crafts. There are also scheduled presentations throughout the day, including chats with the lemur keepers, a Harris hawk flight training demonstration, and several wildlife shows on the amphitheater stage. Children will love the chance to see the intelligence, strength and beauty of their favorite wild animals up close, and everyone will benefit from lessons about how to better respect and protect nature. For more information, see here.
What: Earth Fest Party for the Planet
When: Saturday, April 5, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Sacramento Zoo, Land Park Drive and Sutterville Road, Sacramento
Cost: Free with admission