It's Time to Party for the Planet!

Date: 
Mon, 04/16/2012

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - April 16, 2012 - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is celebrating Earth Day by throwing a Party for the Planet! As part of the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day, the Zoo is offering environmental education activities, amazing animal encounters, and fun for the whole family. This conservation themed bash will take place on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm and will shine a light on initiatives that make our planet a more sustainable place to live. This event is FREE with paid admission to the Zoo.
 
"Party for the Planet is the largest Earth Day celebration in North America and we want everyone to get in on the action by visiting the Zoo this weekend!" said Gregg Dancho, Zoo Director. "It's up to all of us to play our part in saving the planet and making our community a healthier place to live for people, animals, and all living things."

Party for the Planet encourages local, organic, earth-friendly choices as a way of promoting better health for our planet and ourselves. Environmentally friendly vendors will be on hand with everything from green cleaning products and recycled fashion accessories to better lawn care for humans and wildlife. The Mudpuppies and by The Environmental Hootenanny with Tom Calliman and Ann Shapiro will perform at the Peacock Pavilion.
 
Gulick Building and Development, an authorized contractor in partnership with the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, Connecticut Light and Power, and The United Illuminating Company will be on site to sign people up for Home Energy Assessments, an energy efficiency program. For each home signed up for an assessment in April and completed by May 31, 2012, a $25.00 donation will be made to Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo. Individuals must mention the zoo when booking the assessment. For details and to schedule an assessment, call (203) 583-4567, visit https://www.gulickbd.com/home-energy-solutions/, or sign-up at the Gulick table at Party for the Planet. Total assessment cost is $75.00.

To highlight the Zoo's ongoing connection to nature and support of the arts, Kim Kuzina has created a large sculpture of the earth, which greets visitors at the Zoo's front entrance and will remain outdoors year round. Kuzina, a Middletown resident, creates art that honors the beauty she finds outdoors.

# # #