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Lincoln Park Zoo, Shedd Aquarium, and Brookfield Zoo Announce Family-Friendly Events to Support the Environment

April 04, 2019

Chicagoland families can get out into nature and improve the health of our planet during Party for the Planet® Spring into Action, a series of celebration and stewardship days that will take place between Earth Day (April 22) and World Oceans Day (June 8) hosted by Brookfield Zoo, Lincoln Park Zoo and Shedd Aquarium.

Sponsored by the Disney Conservation Fund in partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the series of events will provide the local Chicagoland community with opportunities for families and volunteers to take action for animals and our living planet. Activities include recycling opportunities, volunteering to pick up litter in local forest preserves and along Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, removing invasive plant species, and collecting important data through citizen science projects.

The celebration will kick off Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, in advance of Earth Day at Brookfield Zoo, where guests can bring in a variety of items to recycle such as electronics, textiles, household hazardous wastes, and paper for shredding. In addition, on April 14, zoogoers can find out how they can make a difference for the environment and animals around the globe by participating in green-themed activities, attending an Eco Expo, and learning about the animals during special Zoo Chats.

Following the kick-off, Lincoln Park Zoo and Shedd Aquarium will host a series of volunteer stewardship events, called Family Volunteer Days, throughout the Chicagoland area where volunteers can come together to remove litter from Chicago's Lake Michigan and Chicago River coastlines, plant native plant species, remove invasive plants, and help collect data through citizen science projects. Volunteers will receive special prizes for participating, such as reusable water bottles, and tickets to visit the zoos and aquarium and more.

A woman works with a ranger on habitat restoration, planting native plants in Indiana Dunes.

Dates and locations for the Family Volunteer Days are as follows:

12th Street Beach
Wednesday, May 8 at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ping Tom Memorial Park
Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. to Noon
Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m. to Noon

Bob Mann Woods
Thursday, May 16 at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

63rd Street Beach
Saturday, May 18 at 10 a.m. to Noon

North Avenue Beach
Saturday, June 1 at 10 a.m. to Noon

To carry on the celebration, Lincoln Park Zoo will be celebrating Endangered Species Day on Saturday, May 18 with educational activities, animal enrichment, and other opportunities to look nature in the eye. Those interested in partying for a purpose can also purchase tickets to the zoo's ages 21+ annual Auxiliary Board cocktail part, Zoo-ologie, that evening. For more information on Lincoln Park Zoo happenings and activities, visit

To wrap up the Party for the Planet® Spring into Action, volunteers who participated in stewardship events and other wildlife enthusiasts are invited to celebrate our planet at an event at Shedd Aquarium on World Oceans Day on Saturday, June 8.

Guests interested in joining one of the events to make a difference for our local wildlife can explore the events and scheduled Family Volunteer Days online.

VISUALS: High resolution visuals of the rescue can be found here: Photo Credit: Shedd Aquarium, Brookfield Zoo, Lincoln Park Zoo