News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
April 3, 2019
Brookfield Zoo Celebrates Earth Day with Annual Party for the Planet

Photo Captions—credit Chicago Zoological Society
5224: Guests can assist groundskeepers in planting a tree during Brookfield Zoo’s Party for the Planet celebration

5963 and 6009: Guests can help plant flowers in containers at Brookfield Zoo’s Party for the Planet celebration.

6171: Brookfield Zoo will be collecting items to recycle, including electronics on April 13 and 14.

     Brookfield, Ill. -- Go green this Earth Day by joining Brookfield Zoo for its annual Party for the Planet celebration on Sunday, April 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The day of fun-filled environmentally-friendly activities, which are presented by energySMART, a Nicor Gas program, feature animal Zoo Chats, recycling and planting opportunities, and an Eco Expo, where guests can learn easy tips to help save the planet.

At 11:00 a.m., zoogoers can join the grounds staff in planting a tree on the North Mall. Additionally, between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. guests can assist in planting pansies in containers outside Hamill Family Play Zoo. While there, be sure to pick up milkweed seeds to take home and plant. At the Eco Expo, located at the zoo’s North Mall, representatives from more than 20 organizations and companies will be on hand to chat with zoogoers about ways to be ecofriendly. Those attending include Lincoln Park Zoo, Shedd Aquarium, Illinois Environmental Council, Forest Preserves of Cook County, Indiana Dunes National Park, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, and more.  

During informal Zoo Chats, experts will discuss how everyone can make a positive difference for the Earth and its animals. On the south side of the Carousel at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., guests can meet one of the zoo’s animal ambassadors. They can also head over to Great Bear Wilderness at 11:00 a.m. for a talk about bears. At 12:15 p.m., staff will share stories about the animals who reside at Pinniped Point. Finally, at 2:30 p.m., venture over to the north side of the Pachyderm Building to learn about the black rhino.

Those who have been storing items in their basements and garages just waiting for the perfect time and earth-friendly way to dispose of them can recycle them at Brookfield Zoo. On Saturday April 13, between 8:00 and 3:00 p.m., the zoo will be collecting electronics, textiles, and household hazardous waste items. The following day, April 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. electronics, textiles, and paper for shredding may be brought in. Bring in one or more approved items to recycle on either day and receive free parking in the zoo’s north lot, which is located at 8400 31st Street (First Avenue and 31st Street) in Brookfield. The process is easy—drive into the north parking lot and representatives from the zoo and its partnering organizations—eWorks Electronic Services Inc. in Elk Grove Village, Chicago Textile Recycling in Hillside, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and American Mobile Shredding—will collect your items for recycling.

Additionally, the zoo will have a drop box for electronic items such as cell phones, cell phone accessories, pagers, hand-held electronic games, e-readers, laptops, iPods, iPads, tablets, and MP3 players, which will be sent to Eco-Cell for recycling.

For a complete list of approved items being collected go to the zoo’s website at Items should be delivered unboxed and free of excess packaging materials.

This event is the kickoff of a series of celebrations and stewardship days that will take place just prior to Earth Day and conclude on World Oceans Day 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 to take action for animals and our living planet. Activities scheduled to take place 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.
Party for the Planet activities (excluding activities inside Hamill Family Play Zoo) are free with general zoo admission of $21.95 for adults and $15.95 for children 3 to 11 and seniors 65 and over. Children 2 and under are free. Parking is $14.00. For additional information, visit or call (708) 688-8000.
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About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare is at the forefront of animal care that strives to discover and implement innovative approaches to zoo animal management. Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo in the world to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals, meeting American Humane Association’s rigorous certification standards. Open every day of the year, the zoo is located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit


Sondra Katzen
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