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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Earth Day 2004 at the Louisville Zoo

Monday April 5, 2004

Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, Mayor Jerry Abramson and the Louisville Zoo invite you to celebrate Earth Day 2004 at the Louisville Zoo on Saturday, April 24. Admission for children ages 11 and under is free courtesy of Touchstone Energy.

Carpool if you can because it’s Earth Day and it’s time to make a difference.
The whole family will enjoy the wide variety of entertainment, interactive activities and much more. Kentucky Touchstone Energy Cooperatives is bringing the hands-on, live display of “Reptiles of Kentucky” plus free Turtles of Kentucky posters (while supplies last). Activities abound throughout the Zoo as you visit the over 1,300 animals, including over 30 Earth Day exhibits that will introduce you to such wonders as astronomy, ways to explore nature, creative tips and resources for recycling and reusing.
At 12:30 the Mayor and some young helpers will plant sunflowers as a kick-off of Toyota’s Kids & Conservation Backyard Action Hero program 2004 (BAH). Planting sunflowers is one of the signature projects for Toyota’s Backyard Action Hero program that focuses on kids taking action locally to help the environment. Sunflower seeds are not only a tasty treat for humans, they are a high energy food for many birds and small mammals.

Earth Day 2004 Schedule of Events All Day Explore the Jefferson Country Clerk Voting Booth (main plaza)
All Day Louisville free Public Library Bookmobile (at Buffalo Statue)
11-2:00 p.m. Wetlands Tours with Education Staff (meet at Polar Bears)
11:00 a.m. Michael Kessler performs on MetaZoo Stage
12:00 p.m. Squallis Puppeteers on Main Plaza 12:30 p.m. Mayor Kicks off the Toyota’s Backyard Action Hero Program with an Earth Day planting activity (at Carousel)
1:00 p.m. Ronald McDonald performs zany magic on MetaZoo Stage
1:30 p.m. Kids & Conservation Garden Planting (behind MetaZoo)
2:00 p.m. All Species Parade with Squallis Puppeteers (Main Plaza)
3:00 p.m. Ronald McDonald on MetaZoo Stage 4:00 p.m. Michael Kessler performs on MetaZoo Stage
Earth Day admission for children ages 11 and under is free courtesy of Touchstone Energy and $9.95 for adults (12-59) and $7.95 for seniors (60+) . Louisville Zoo members are free. The Zoo is easily accessed via I-264, exit 14 and drive north, following the black and white zoo signs. Enter between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. with the Zoo closing at 5.
Kentucky Touchstone Energy Cooperatives sponsor Earth Day 2004 at the Louisville Zoo. Toyota/Georgetown (Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky) and Wild Oats Natural Marketplace are also sponsors with additional support by WLKY News Channel 32, Office Depot, Trinity Chiropractic and McDonald’s.

Visit the Zoo’s website at for the latest details on Earth Day and for a list of exhibitors.