Detroit Zoo Hosts GreenFest April 22

Detroit Zoo Hosts GreenFest April 22

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Royal Oak, MI – It’s Easy Being Green at Detroit Zoo’s GreenFest April 22

Earth Day event features science demos, sustainability tour and zookeeper talks

The Detroit Zoo will host its fifth annual GreenFest on Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The zoo-wide event is dedicated to celebrating Earth Day and engaging the community in environmental stewardship.

GreenFest activities include chemistry demos, worm-composting education, zookeeper talks and a sustainability tour highlighting the Detroit Zoological Society’s (DZS) green efforts. Additionally, a travelling exhibition by Art Road will be unveiled during the event, illustrating the impact of plastic pollution in the Great Lakes.

All GreenFest activities are free with Zoo admission. Attendees who bring a cell phone for recycling receive a reduced admission price of $9. Admission is free for DZS members.

GreenFest is an initiative of the DZS Greenprint, a strategic plan to refine and improve green practices and facilities at the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center, incorporate sustainability in all policies and programs and improve green literacy and action in the community.

Recent Greenprint efforts include discontinuing the sale of bottled water on Detroit Zoo grounds, keeping 60,000 plastic bottles out of the waste stream annually; powering Zoo operations with 100% renewable electricity from wind farms; and building an anaerobic digester that annually converts 400 tons of animal manure into methane-rich gas to power the Zoo’s animal hospital.

GreenFest is supported by DTE Energy and Kroger.

The Detroit Zoological Society – a renowned leader in education, conservation, animal welfare and sustainability – operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center.  In recognition of its environmental leadership, the DZS received the top Green Award from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and was named Best-Managed Nonprofit by Crain’s Detroit Business.  The AZA also recognized the DZS with the International Conservation Award for its work rescuing orphaned Grauer’s gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  With an annual regional economic impact of more than $100 million, the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak is one of Michigan’s largest paid family attractions, hosting more than 1.6 million visitors annually.  Its 125 acres of award-winning naturalistic habitats are home to 2,000 animals representing 245 species.  The Belle Isle Nature Center sits on a 5-acre site surrounded by undisturbed forested wetlands on Belle Isle State Park in Detroit.  It provides year-round educational, recreational and environmental conservation opportunities for the community.  For hours, prices, directions and other information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit detroitzoo.org.

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