On Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., celebrate conservation success stories at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in honor Earth Day. This year's event features family friendly activities, hands-on learning opportunities and interactive demonstrations—all in the name of conservation. Hear first-hand from Zoo experts about some of the innovative solutions being used in the fight to save species, and learn how you can take action to help protect the planet at this free event!
Stop by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center's Bird Friendly Coffee station to discover how the coffee you sip could help protect migratory birds and their homes, along with many other vital species. Find out more about certified sustainable products and how everyday choices can make a difference for wildlife.
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a scientist? Find out how you can get involved in citizen science projects through programs like Neighborhood Nestwatch, FrogWatch and more! At this station, you can test your animal-spotting skills with a surveying game or see a bird-banding demonstration up close, while learning about ways help protect local wildlife.
Around the world, coral reefs are dying — but we're not giving up hope just yet! Visit the Coral Conservation station to see coral up close and to learn about the groundbreaking work of Smithsonian scientists in the field of coral cryopreservation. Find out what you can do to work toward a brighter future for coral reefs and the millions of animals that depend upon them for survival.
Nature Play and Word Expeditions
You're never too young to help care for animals and the planet! Stop by this station, sponsored by the PNC Grow Up Great Foundation, to learn how kids ages 2 and older can help protect the planet, all while building early vocabulary skills! Make a seed ball or a seed packet that will help you grow tasty treats for the birds and butterflies in your own backyard.
Reintroduction Success Stories
Check out the amazing success stories of Przewalski's horses, black-footed ferrets and Guam rails, and learn how the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute has helped bring these species back from the brink of extinction. Put your skills to the test at black-footed ferret "boot camp," or try your hand at a reintroduction game, as you learn about some of the most exciting species recovery stories in the Zoo's history.
Conservation Success Stories
At this station, hear the incredible stories of people rallying to save three species: golden lion tamarins, brown kiwis and whooping cranes. Discover the history of these animals and their journeys from the brink of extinction to conservation success. While you're here, find out how you can contribute to conservation each day!
Sustainability Committee at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
At this station, you can find out more about the different ways to join the Zoo in going green. Head out on a green tour of Asia Trail, take part in a conservation craft project or share what you'll be doing to help protect the planet by leaving a message on the conservation blackboard!
Tales from the Field: Corridors and Camera Traps
Here, discover how wildlife corridors are changing the landscape of conservation in South America for the better. Examine camera trap images, play an identification game and talk to conservation scientists to learn about one innovative solution to the issue of human and animal populations vying for the same land.
Visitors are encouraged to use earth-friendly transportation to visit the Smithsonian's National Zoo on Earth Day. Utilizing public transportation or biking is recommended. Limited parking is available for this event in any of the Zoo's parking lots for a flat fee of $25.