Sequoia Park Zoo Throws a Party for the Planet™ to Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day 2012

Zoo visitors post pledges to the earth on a Pledge Tree at the zoo’s 2012 Earth Day celebration.

Times-Standard sponsorship provides free zoo admission for everyone on Sunday, April 21

April 9, 2013

Sequoia Park Zoo and more than 100 other top zoos and aquariums across North America are throwing the 7th Annual Party for the Planet– the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America—on Sunday, April 21, and everyone can join the festivities for free!

“We’re planning a full day of conservation-focused activities,” says Zoo Manager Gretchen Ziegler. “We’ll have fun things for kids to do and engaging experiences for adults, as well as activities for families to do together.”

Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Times-Standard, anyone can visit Sequoia Park Zoo at no charge on Sunday, April 21. Conservation-based activities will run from noon to 4 p.m. and will include a “promise tree” where visitors can make a pledge to help protect the earth, face painting stations, and a Red panda painting demonstration. A number of educational information stations will be set up throughout the zoo to teach about issues like watershed pollution prevention, the impact of non-native plants, sustainable fisheries (including sale of sustainable sushi), the benefits of shade grown coffee, conservation research, and much more.

“We really appreciate the ongoing support of the Times-Standard,” says Nicole Spencer, Director of Development & Communications at the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation. “They have been so generous in helping us to get our message out to the community and have demonstrated their support as the zoo’s top event sponsor for a number of years.”

This year, there will also be live music. Asha Nan will play during the afternoon and share their positive message. “Their music is a natural fit to celebrate Earth Day and a few lucky children just might get a lesson in playing the drums,” says Spencer. The music of Asha Nan is a soulful blend of Brazilian, African, reggae, funk, and hip-hop meshed with socially-conscious lyrics that promote peace and unity.

Earth Day 2012

Education Aide Valerie Henderson teaches visitors about the importance of healthy watersheds at the zoo’s 2012 Earth Day celebration. (photos: Janee Zakoren)

Sequoia Park Zoo also encourages visitors bring their old cell phones to the zoo for recycling through Eco-Cell, a program that benefits wildlife and the restoration of wild habitat. Eco-Cell collects and refurbishes electronic devices for use in developing countries, or recycles their components for re- use in other manufacturing processes. By re-using components, Eco-Cell helps lessen the impact of mining in sensitive gorilla habitat in Africa, where most of the metal used in cell phone components is found. Additionally, Eco-Cell makes a donation to Sequoia Park Zoo for each phone recycled through the Zoo’s collection point. Visitors can drop off their old cell phones and hand-held devices in the Eco-Cell bin just inside the zoo entrance.

  • Wild activity stations 12-4 p.m.
  • Live music 1-3:30 p.m.
  • Free admission 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Contact: Nicole Spencer, Director of Development & Communications
Phone:   (707) 442-5649
E-mail:   ten.o1427558514ozkra1427558514paiou1427558514qes@o1427558514fni1427558514


Open Today from 10am to 5pm

Adults: $5.75

Children (3-12): $3.75

Seniors (60+): $4.75

Children under 3: Free

Zoo Members: Free


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