What better way to celebrate Earth Day, Endangered Species Day, and World Ocean Day than with the planet’s amazing and diverse wildlife? AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums across North America are throwing a Party for the Planet, making it the largest combined Earth Day, Endangered Species Day, and World Ocean Day celebration!
Party for the Planet offers families unique opportunities to visit their local AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium, celebrate the Earth’s biodiversity, and learn how they can take action to make a difference. Scheduled Party for the Planet events include education and conservation presentations, keeper talks, environmental activities and more!
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Party for the Planet®: Spring into Action is collective conservation action that families and individuals can do at home with a direct impact on the planet to support healthy habitats. This year we are focusing on three action areas: Clean, Create and Connect to nature. Whether your activities are clean-ups, creating native-species habitats, or connecting to nature, these actions help to make the earth a better place for plants, animals and humans alike.
AZA is partnering with EarthDay.Org to track cleanup efforts across the AZA community. The Global Earth Challenge app is a citizen science-based application that can be utilized in numerous ways to contribute scientific data from your local environment. As you work to clean up your communities, help gather data on the type of pollution you collect. When you sign up for the app, enter organizational code AZA2021 to have your efforts included in Party for the Planet.
AZA is partnering with The National Wildlife Federation to expand native habitats across AZA-accredited facilities and their members. NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitat® program helps to create and restore habitat and wildlife populations. Turn your yard, balcony container garden, schoolyard, work landscape, or roadside greenspace into a Certified Wildlife Habitat® to make an easy and lasting difference for wildlife.
Spring into Action with AZA and NWF and create native habitats near you!
Connecting with nature is healthy for us mentally and physically. Connect with Nature and record your observations outside through the iNaturalist app. Participate in a citizen science bioblitz as a fun way to observe nature, enjoy quality family time, and contribute to real scientific research pertaining to the wildlife in your backyard, local parks, trails, neighborhood and community.
Join AZA's Party for the Planet 2021 Bioblitz, and connect with nature!