GreenFest at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak

Chat with a zookeeper, take a tour of new sustainability programs and watch a chemistry demo in celebration of Earth Day at the 6th annual GreenFest celebration at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak on April 14, 2018.

Celebrate Earth Day and make a furry friend or two at the Detroit Zoo during the 6th annual GreenFest celebration from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018.

GreenFest is part of the Detroit Zoo’s eco-friendly strategy Greenprint, which offers strategic plans to improving daily practices at the zoo and providing the community with literature on how to live greener. 

The event will include a sustainability tour featuring the zoo’s new anaerobic digester, which converts animal waste into compost and uses the methane byproduct as an energy source at the animal hospital, and the permeable pavement, a type of paving that will improve stormwater management.

To keep the little ones interested, check out chemistry demos, worm composting and zookeeper talks, too.

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You’ll also get the chance to check out a 16-foot ground-mounted solar system called the Smartflower, which will be featured in the garden just east of the carousel. This system is expected to generate more than 4000 kilowatts of electricity for the zoo to use.

The zoo’s Greenprint strategy for the future also includes zero waste to landfills by 2020, reducing water consumption by 20-25 percent and to educate and inspire guests about sustainability. The Detroit Zoo was awarded the Green Award in 2014 by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for their efforts to promote and incorporate sustainability through Greenprint.

Admission to GreenFest is included with regular zoo admission, which is $18/adults, $15/children 2-18 and seniors 62+ and free/under 2. Parking is $8/vehicle. 

The Detroit Zoo is located at 8450 W. 10 Mile Road in Royal Oak and is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. every day from April through August.

For basic details on GreenFest at the Detroit Zoo and other family-friendly fun in Metro Detroit, visit the Metro Parent calendar

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