Animal keepers, aquarists, horticulturalists, volunteers and community experts will share with BioPark guests about animals, plants and how our actions matter when it comes to protecting our planet. Stations offer simple conservation ideas that benefit the featured animal, plant or habitat.
"From caring for exotic endangered species to installing energy-efficient light upgrades across our facilities, the BioPark practices conservation both globally and locally," said Rick Janser, BioPark Director. "Citizens can get great ideas for conserving resources and saving money in their own homes at the Earth Day celebration."
BioPark Earth Day Highlights
• Children's Seed Festival: Follow a seed's life story, make art and plant a seed to take home in the Children's Fantasy Garden. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Albuquerque.
• Keeper, Aquarist and Horticulturalist Talks: Learn how BioPark experts take care of the animals and plants that live here. Talks scheduled throughout the day.
• World Animal Encounters: The Zoo's live show begins its season with performances at 11 a.m and 2 p.m. Stars include free-flight birds, mammals and sometimes even reptiles!
• Behind-the-Scenes Tours of the Aquatic Conservation Facility: Home to endangered fish, including Rio Grande silvery minnows. Located off-exhibit at the Aquarium/Garden.
• Bike to the BioPark: $1 off regular admission for bicyclists on Earth Day.
• Free Nature Hikes: Explore the Rio Grande bosque next to Tingley Beach.
"We hope guests to the Earth Day event will learn how our actions matter and get inspired to make a difference," said Kathryn Venzor, Education Curator. "With activities ranging from dissecting seeds and creating animal enrichment to taking a nature hike and talking with BioPark experts, guests will learn that simple, everyday actions can be fun and meaningful."
All activities are included with admission. Find a full schedule of events, additional information and resources at www.ouractionsmatter.org.