GreenFest at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak

Chat with a zookeeper, learn about sustainability programs and watch chemistry demos in celebration of Earth Day during GreenFest at the Detroit Zoo on April 27, 2019.

Celebrate Earth Day and make a furry friend or two during the 7th annual GreenFest at the Detroit Zoo celebration, which runs 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

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. 

This event will feature demonstrations by the Detroit Zoological Society’s green team, educational talks by local conservation groups, and exhibits, all of which focus on treating our planet the best we can.

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

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 estimated 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 65-plus. Admission for kids under two is free and parking is $8 per 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 more information on GreenFest at the Detroit Zoo, and details on other family fun things to do this weekend, visit the Metro Parent calendar

This post is updated regularly. 

Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn is a freelance journalist, copy editor and proud Detroiter. She is a graduate of Wayne State University’s journalism school and of the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University. Amanda is a lover of translated contemporary fiction, wines from Jura and her dog, Lottie.


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