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Spring = Earthfest
By: Brenda, Director of Education and Volunteers, Audubon Zoo
Spring is here and this is the time when we feel closest to nature. Temperatures are great, plants are blooming and the baby animals and insects are out and about. At Audubon Zoo, spring and Earthfest go together perfectly. We got very lucky and tomorrow’s Earthfest is going to have fantastic weather. We even have a baby to celebrate spring-a baby Babirusa!
Earthfest has been a part of Audubon Zoo springtime for over 25 years. This is the most important festival of all because the focus is on environmental awareness and we will have over 2o exhibitors from around the state educating our guests on what they can do to be a little bit kinder to our earth.
Bring in those Mardi Gras beads that you still have in a pile by the door from the parades and get a 3.00 discount off the ticket price. The Audubon Zoo Education Department will be out in the Capital One field creatively educating the guests on several different conservation issues. If you are thirsty you can stop by our Shade Grown Coffee booth and learn how buying the right coffee can save the biodiversity of many areas in South America. There you will be able to purchase a cup of ice coffee and a baked treat. We also have a booth educating everyone about reusing chopsticks to save salamanders. Disposable chopsticks are wasteful just like plastic grocery bags. If we reuse chopsticks we save trees from being cut and save the habitat of those creatures that live on the forest floor. The youth will be selling reusable chopsticks and rice crispie “sushi” treats to benefit the Chopsticks for Salamanders organization. Don’t forget to stop by Discovery Walk and check out those amazing recycled spork sculpture animals.
There will be other food vendors and local artists along with live music. After you learn how you can make a difference for the earth in your daily routines then you can enjoy all of our beautiful animals soaking up the sun. We hope that when you leave you will have enjoyed some treats, some nature and some knowledge on how you make this earth a little bit better for future generations.
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