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!
See special Earth Day-themed enrichment tosses along American Trail, the Andean bear exhibit, Asian elephants, giant pandas, Great Cats, Kids' Farm and Small Mammal House. Check the daily programs schedule for exact times and locations.
NPR's Wow in the World Meets Zoo Science
11 to 11:30 a.m. | Visitor Center AuditoriumNPR’s Wow in the World podcast host Mindy Thomas will be onsite at the Zoo to celebrate Earth Day in the most optimistic way! Join Mindy for an interactive audience experience featuring Smithsonian scientists and animal keepers. Don't forget to tune into the April 16 podcast to hear from Wowzer reporters on why they’re optimistic about saving the planet! This activity is general admission and requires no advance reservation. Please plan on arriving early to ensure you get a seat.
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 our small, 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 iNaturalist, Neighborhood Nestwatch, Virginia Working Landscapes and more! Practice your animal-identification skills or see a bird-banding demonstration up close, while learning about ways to help protect local wildlife.
Conservation Success Stories
Hear the incredible stories of people rallying to save species. Discover the history of golden lion tamarins, Guam rails and whooping cranes, and learn how the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute has helped bring these species back from the brink of extinction. Play conservation-themed games and activities, and find out out how you can contribute to conservation each day!
Around the world, coral reefs are dying — but we're not giving up hope just yet! See coral up close and 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.
Corridors and Camera Traps
Discover how wildlife corridors are changing the landscape of conservation in South America for the better. Examine camera trap images, listen to the sounds of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest and talk to conservation scientists to learn about innovative solutions to the issue of humans and animals vying for the same land.
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.
Sustainability Committee at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
Find out more about the different ways to join the Zoo in going green. Head out on a green tour of Asia Trail, learn how to turn a T-shirt into a tote bag or share what you'll do to help protect the planet by leaving a message on the conservation blackboard!
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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.