Activities highlight everyday actions to protect wildlife and help the planet thrive
Sustainability experts, wildlife biologists and families from around the region will be at the Oregon Zoo this weekend to celebrate the planet we call home. Party for the Planet at the zoo takes place Saturday, April 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is free with regular zoo admission.
Featuring fun educational activities, up-close experiences with ambassador animals, roaming entertainment, a summer camp open house and volunteer sign-ups, Party for the Planet has something for everyone who wants to celebrate the Earth's biodiversity and take action to protect wildlife.
Conservation and sustainability experts from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will teach guests about wildlife in their own neighborhoods and ways to protect endangered species and their habitats. Metro Master Gardeners will be on hand to inspire visitors to explore their own backyards. And folks from the U.S. Forest Services, the Xerces Society for Inverterbrate Conservation and more will share their knowledge about how to coexist with local wildlife and keep our planet healthy.
In addition, the Portland Master Recyclers will share tips and tools to reduce food waste. Guests can also participate in the salmon obstacle course, presented by the Johnson Creek Watershed Council to teach people about the lifecycle of salmon, some of the barriers they face in migration and how this is impacted by our actions as humans. The Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District will host games and give out prizes for learning about conservation and the environment.
The Oregon Zoo is a service of Metro and is dedicated to its mission of inspiring the community to create a better future for wildlife. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors, Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits, Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, Western pond turtles and Oregon spotted frogs. Other projects include studies on black rhinos, Asian elephants, polar bears and bats.
The zoo relies in part on community support through donations to the Oregon Zoo Foundation to undertake these and many other animal welfare, education and sustainability programs. The zoo is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26 at exit 72. The zoo is also accessible by MAX light rail line. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. Find fare and route information online or by calling TriMet Customer Service at 503-238-RIDE (7433).
General zoo admission is $10.50 (ages 12-64), $9 for seniors (65 and up), $7.50 for children (ages 3-11) and free for those 2 and younger; 25 cents of the admission price helps fund regional conservation projects through the zoo’s Future for Wildlife program. A parking fee of $4 per car is also required. Additional information is available by calling 503-226-1561.