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Every year, ZooAmerica celebrates Earth Day- but 2013 will elevate Earth Day to a new level in Hershey. Party for the Planet will be true celebration with green vendors from all over PA joining us.

We are excited for Art of Recycle- they will help visitors create their own finger puppets from recycled materials. Their staff will also be putting on puppet shows throughout the day.
art of recycle puppet show

Visit with the Penn State Master Gardeners to get some tips on your gardens, composting and more. They are always a plethora of information. The Farmer’s Market in Hershey and Prescott’s Patch will also have tables to exhibit your local options for farm fresh local food.

Hershey’s Chocolate World will be bringing their electric car- right into the zoo!

Sidewalk chalk will be available for kids to draw or write how they can be green at home. Stop and listen to musical entertainment while enjoying a snack or lunch from Timber Treats.

Home Depot will help you make a bird box and Giant will have reusable bags to hand out while supplies last.
zoocamp making boxes

Naturally, you’ll also learn about our behind-the-scenes conservation projects with barn owls and butterflies. There will be animal feedings at 11am and 3pm, along with a station to discover how we use recycled materials to introduce our animals to new things.
Lori working with the barn owl

Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company will showcase its environmental practices and recycling efforts including its Food Waste Program between ZooAmerica and The Hotel Hershey, where the animals receive left over food as part of their diets. Guests also can learn how the company’s 2012 recycling efforts have a positive impact on the earth through its saving of packaging and raw materials. For example, recycling efforts helped conserve 8.2 million gallons of water and 126,250 gallons of oil that would provide enough energy to heat and cool more than 619 homes for one year.

We cannot wait for this year’s Party for the Planet and hope to see YOU there!
Hershey Green Logo