Utica Zoo celebrates Earth Week

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The Utica Zoo is celebrating Earth Day, Arbor Day and Environmental Education week today through Sunday with a variety of camps, classes and events.

Visit the website for a full listing of programs. http://uticazoo.org/school-break-programs 

April 24, 1-3 p.m. Rainforests. They cover less than 2 percent of the Earth’s total surface area, and are home to 50 percent of the Earth’s plants and animals. In the zoo’s auditorium, meet some rainforest animals and learn what can be done to help these endangered habitats. 

April 25, 1-3 p.m. Endangered and Invasive Species. Join zoo educators in the discovery cottage to learn about invasive species and how they are changing the face of the northern forest. Meet some “invasive friends,” try Invasive Species Jenga and make a “cootie” catcher. 

April 26, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Trees are Terrific. Stop into the Discovery Cottage to learn all about trees and the animals that depend on them for survival. Make a tree identification guide to take home. 

April 27, 2-4 p.m. Oceans. Join zoo educators in the Discovery Cottage and learn all about the life found in the ocean. Make a sea creature of your own to take home. 

April 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Utica Zoo’s Earth Day Event. Celebrate animals and how important they are to the world. Pine saplings will be given to the first 50 families in attendance, and animal meet and greets will occur throughout the day. 

Earth Day Events include:

• Meet Smokey Bear.

•  Visit the many conservation tables and earth friendly vendors, including So Sweet Candies, Mustard Seed, Suez Water Technology and more.

• Free Paper Shredding by Empire Recycling.

• Dolly & Sunny will be offering face painting.

• Voss’ will be open serving local favorites, as well as El Jefe’s and Grapevine Gyros.

• Recycled Youth Art Contest.

• Bottle Drive sponsored by Utica Zoo Docents to benefit programs at Utica Zoo.

Participate in the Recycled Art Contest at the Utica Zoo Earth Day Celebration. Make a project at home or stop by the craft station in the auditorium during the event to create a project.

The contest will be divided into three age groups: Pre-K through 1st grade, 2nd grade through 5th grade, and 6th grade through 12th grade. One winner will be chosen from each age group to win a family membership to the Utica Zoo.

Projects can be dropped off from now to April 28. All projects must be submitted by 2 p.m. on April 28 to be entered into the contest. Only one project per person may be entered and all projects must be made of recycled materials.

Regular admission applies; Zoo members get in for free.

On the net Uticazoo.org

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