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

April 26, 2019

A fun afternoon of wildlife-friendly crafts and conservation-themed games is in store Saturday afternoon from 1-4 p.m. for visitors to the Great Plains Zoo’s annual Earth Day Celebration known as “Party for the Planet.”  

Zoo staff will be greeting visitors with several animal ambassadors throughout the afternoon as children and parents are invited to engage in earth-friendly activities like planting flowers in biodegradable containers, learning about conservation and animal care, and discovering new ways to recycle used materials. Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about several of the Zoo’s animal residents during Zookeeper Chats held at each of the featured animal exhibits. 

“Party for the Planet” will be held inside the Delbridge Museum of Natural History, making it a great indoor option for a weekend family outing. Participation in “Party for the Planet” is free with Zoo admission.

“We are always excited to share our animals and their stories with our visitors,” said Elizabeth A. Whealy, President and CEO of the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History. “As we celebrate Earth Day with families, we also use fun, educational activities that can help share the things we can all do to make a difference for our environment.”

The schedule for the “Party for the Planet” activities includes:
•    Bookworms Reading Program at 1 p.m. in the KELOLAND Education Center.
•    Zookeeper Chats every half hour starting at 1:30 p.m. at each animal’s exhibit. Featured animals include Amur Tigers, Brown Bears, African Wild Dogs, Penguins and Snow Monkeys.
•    Creature Feature Animal Encounters at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the KELOLAND Education Center.

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. Fewer than 10% of animal institutions in the United States have met the high standards for AZA accreditation.

  • Love this zoo! Great place to get a walk in and the animals are everywhere! The museum/indoor part is very educational too. Has a lot of shade for when it's hot out. Very clean. Friendly staff.

    Taylor F.
  • We love to visit the zoo. They have great outdoor exhibits and lots to do inside as well. Great for kids and adults.

    Robin A.
  • Lots of great exhibits and animals to see! Fun gift shop and learning center.

    Stephanie N.
  • The museum gives you a break from the sun on hot summer days and has a great selection of animal exhibits from around the world. ¬†The zoo keeps growing and adding new animal habitats or improving existing ones. ¬†Membership offers reciprocal benefits to other zoos around the country.

    Bill T.