Earth Day falls on April 22 this year, and that falls right in the middle of Louisville’s world-renown Derby Festival. But in-between all the horse-centric events that mark this special day, you can take time out to enjoy a day that’s all about the world. And in Louisville, there’s no better place to celebrate the Earth than at the local zoo.
A Month of Earth Day
At the Louisville zoo , Earth Day lasts all through April. The zoo is hosting special local events all month long that include free parking, reduced admission and special events.
Visit on April 19 to get a scoop of compost, mulch or both. There’s almost 18 cubic feet in each scoop. The zoo makes its own ZooPoopyDoo compost and hardwood bark mulch. Stay at the zoo on the 19th to enjoy Eggstravaganza Weekend and Earth Day all at the same time. The Easter Bunny will be there, of course, and kids can learn more about all the egg-laying animals who live at the zoo.
Go to the Green Gypsy Organics area at 1:30 on the 19th, and learn more about the plants that make up the Earth. Visitors will enjoy a special class on medicinal herbs. Stick around after the presentation for a guided walk around the zoo that will focus on the plant life.
Why should Earth Day end on April 22? It won’t at Louisville’s local zoo. Visit on April 26 to see a special presentation from the Kentucky Science Center, and learn more about how humans impact the animals who share the Earth with us.
All month long, visit the zoo to see artwork made by Louisville students from preschool to grade 12. They’re using recyclables to create new artworks, part of a project from Louisville Gas & Electric to teach kids the importance of sustainability and recycling.
Earth day Festivals
The zoo will be holding a special Earth Day festival on April 13 (so you can enjoy another festival on the 22nd if you like). Admission is a reduced $3 for everyone, and parking is free. Art events will mark the day. Up to 6 Louisville high school classes will compete in the “Fridge” challenge, where they use a recycled refrigerator as a canvas for a master artwork.
Go to the Louisville Nature Center for the Mighty Kindness Earth Day celebration . The Nature Center is conveniently close to the zoo, and the event lasts from noon to 6 pm. Live performances and exhibits will provide plenty of stuff for you to see during the event. Local food, music, businesses and organizations will be featured. Enjoy free workshops and browse over 200 different booths while you’re there.
A Guide to Earth Day
In Louisville, Earth Day is much more than a single day. Visit several different events and celebrations to learn something new, see something new or simply have fun enjoying what the local community has to offer. Who says holidays can only be one day of the year?