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Great Plains Zoo to Host Annual Earth Day Event, “Party for the Planet”

April 20, 2018

Princesses and frogs will be descending on the Great Plains Zoo on Saturday, April 21 from 1 – 4 p.m. as part of its annual “Party for the Planet” event. The event puts a fairytale twist on conservation efforts, as young visitors are encouraged to dress like a princess or a frog for an afternoon of crafts, games and animal encounters. “Party for the Planet” is free with Zoo admission.

Eleven community partners including the Siouxland Heritage Museums, Good Earth State Park at Blood Run, the City of Sioux Falls’ Environmental Division, and EROS Data Center/U.S. Geological Survey will have interactive booths with games and activities centered on Earth Day. Mrs. South Dakota International titleholders and characters from Simply Ever After Entertainment will be posing for photos with visitors, while Zookeeper Chats and frog jumping games will round out an afternoon of Earth-friendly activities.  

“It’s a fun party with a great message,” said Elizabeth A. Whealy, President and CEO of the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History. “We invite families to spend the afternoon exploring the Zoo, and learning about the small efforts that we all can take to make a big difference for the planet.”  

“Party for the Planet” activities will include:
•    Zookeeper Chats every half hour starting at 1:30 p.m.
•    Education Animal Encounters at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
•    Wildlife-friendly crafts, frog jumping games, and interactive exhibitor booths throughout the afternoon.

“Party for the Planet” will take place inside the Delbridge Museum of Natural History except for the Zookeeper Chats which will take place at various animal exhibits. The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., with the last admission at 4 p.m. each day. Visit the Zoo online at or call 605-367-7003 for more information about the Zoo and Museum.


The Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a greater understanding of our natural world through education, conservation, recreation and discovery. The Great Plains Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) – a leader in wildlife conservation. Less than 10% of animal institutions in the United States have met the high standards for AZA accreditation.

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