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Largest Earth Day Party Connects People to Wildlife Conservation

Silver Spring, MD - More than 120 of the 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. 

“Every year, zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) welcome more than 180 million visitors who have an interest in connecting with wildlife, learning about nature, and becoming involved in protecting the future of our Earth,” said AZA President & CEO Jim Maddy.  “By participating in the Party for the Planet™ at your local zoo or aquarium, you are making a difference by helping to support conservation locally and worldwide.”

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with the planet’s amazing and diverse wildlife?  Local AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are the perfect place to connect with nature and conservation in your community.

On Earth Day, April 22, and throughout the month of April, AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums across North America will host events to raise awareness about conservation, sustainable living, and making our Earth a better place to live.  Scheduled Party for the Planet™ events include live animal presentations, give-aways, crafts, keeper talks, environmental activities, and more! 

To help you find the Party for the Planet™ nearest you, here is a list of participating zoos and aquariums:    

Abilene Zoo

ABQ BioPark

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Akron Zoological Park

Alexandria Zoological Park

Aquarium of the Bay

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Bergen County Zoological Park

Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD

Birmingham Zoo, Inc.

Brandywine Zoo

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo

Brevard Zoo

Buttonwood Park Zoo

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Caldwell Zoo

Calgary Zoo, Botanical Gardens and Prehistoric Park

Cameron Park Zoo

Capron Park Zoo

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Chehaw Park

Chicago Zoological Society -- Brookfield Zoo

Children's Zoo at Celebration Square

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

Cosley Zoo

David Traylor Zoo of Emporia

Denver Zoo

Dickerson Park Zoo

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Downtown Aquarium Denver

El Paso Zoo

Ellen Trout Zoo

Erie Zoological Society

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

Fort Worth Zoo

Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Georgia Aquarium

Greenville Zoo

Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

Henry Vilas Zoo

Houston Zoo, Inc.

Hutchinson Zoo

Indianapolis Zoo

Jackson Zoo

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Jenkinson's Aquarium

John Ball Zoo

Kansas City Zoo

Knoxville Zoo

Lee Richardson Zoo

Lehigh Valley Zoo

Lincoln Children's Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lion Country Safari

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

Louisville Zoo

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Memphis Zoo

Miller Park Zoo

Moody Gardens

Mystic Aquarium

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

National Aquarium

National Aviary


North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

North Carolina Zoo

Oklahoma City Zoo

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Oregon Coast Aquarium

Oregon Zoo

Palm Beach Zoo

Peoria Zoo

Phoenix Zoo

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Potawatomi Zoo

Potter Park Zoo

Racine Zoo

Red River Zoo

Reid Park Zoo

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Riverbanks Zoo

Roger Williams Park Zoo

Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park

Sacramento Zoo

Saint Louis Zoo

Salisbury Zoo

San Antonio Zoo

San Francisco Zoo

Santa Ana Zoo

Santa Barbara Zoo

Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

Scovill Zoo

SeaWorld San Antonio

Sedgwick County Zoo

Seneca Park Zoo

Sequoia Park Zoo

Shark Reef Aquarium

Smithsonian's National Zoo

St Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park

Sunset Zoo

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Tautphaus Park Zoo

Texas State Aquarium

The Buffalo Zoo

The Florida Aquarium

The Oakland Zoo

The Pueblo Zoo

The Toledo Zoo

The Virginia Zoo

Tracy Aviary

Tulsa Zoo

Utah's Hogle Zoo

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Virginia Living Museum

Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Miami

Zoo New England's Franklin Park Zoo

Zoo New England's Stone Zoo

Zoo America North American Wildlife Park 

About AZA

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education,science, and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting an institution dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation,and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information, please visit

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