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The Milwaukee County Zoo’s annual Party for the Planet, sponsored by American Transmission Co., is a conservation celebration like no other, combining education and fun while visitors learn about the need to save the planet’s resources for future generations. The event is planned for Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21.

Highlights include:

MIGRATION GAME

Travel through the zoo as a bird (a wood thrush) as you search for food and suitable nesting ground. You’ll face hardships just like migrating birds do in the wild. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions; the last migration departs at 2:10 p.m.

AMERICAN TRANSMISSION CO.

We can all do our part to help the environment and the pollinators. Be sure to stop at the ATC table and play The Pollinator Game to learn more. Get your Grow Smart® planting guide, pollinator guide and liatris seeds for attracting your own pollinators.

ZOOMOBILE NATURE TOUR

Hop aboard the zoo’s environmentally-friendly tram for a free conservation tour. Tickets available at the Meijer Zoomobile booth. Limited seating; weather permitting.

AVIARY POND

Become a bird watcher and identify the different birds living around our scenic pond.

GET CLIMBING!

The Wisconsin Arborist Association will lead a fun tree-climbing activity for the kiddos.

SEAFOOD WATCH PROGRAM

Celebrate ocean awareness and learn how to make sustainable seafood choices. Color the fish back into the sea.

BETTER BAG CHALLENGE

Learn about the effect that plastic waste has on our ocean and the animals who live there. Take the “Better Bag Challenge” and pledge to reduce your disposable plastic bag consumption by using recyclable bags. The first 100 people to take the pledge each day will receive a free reusable canvas tote bag with the zoo’s logo.

HELP RESTORE THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN (ATC)

Children can plant native species alongside horticulturist Melinda Myers, creating a beautiful, living butterfly garden to attract pollinators for years to come.

ALL ABOUT THE ANIMALS

The zoo’s animal collection is at the heart of Party for the Planet and offers many opportunities to learn how we can protect Earth’s important animal species. Rhino zookeepers will discuss the animals in their care and the ways you can help to make sure their wild counterparts are here for generations to come. Visitors can purchase paintings created by our rhinos as part of the zoo’s enrichment program, and even take a behind-the-scenes tour of the rhino stall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (suggested donation: $2).

Party for the Planet activities are free with regular zoo admission. For additional information, contact the Milwaukee County Zoo’s Marketing and Communications Department at 414-256-5466 or visit milwaukeezoo.org.

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