News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
April 5, 2023

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Brookfield Zoo Hosting Earth Day Events

Brookfield, Ill. — This Earth Day weekend, Brookfield Zoo is encouraging families to make a positive difference for wildlife and the natural world with two events: A Party for the Planet recycling event and Earth Day Run, both hosted at the Zoo.
Recycling Event
A Party for the Planet recycling event, presented by the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program, takes place on Saturday, April 22,  from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Zoo’s main parking lot located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield. (Enter through gate on 31st Street, just west of Golfview Avenue.) Gather electronics, textiles, and used books that you’ve been storing in your basement or garage, and dispose them in an environmentally-friendly way. Representatives from the Zoo and its partner organizations—eWorks, USAgain, and Discover Books—will be available to collect and recycle a variety of items. For a complete list of acceptable recyclables, visit


Those planning to visit the Zoo on April 22, can head to the South Mall at 10:30 a.m. to assist the groundskeepers in planting a tree to commemorate the holiday. Afterwards, spend the day seeing your favorite animals.
Earth Day Run
There’s no better way to celebrate Earth Day then by enjoying the outdoors. So, lace up your sneakers and head to the Zoo for its annual Earth Day Run on Sunday, April 23. The 2.2 mile “fun run,” which takes place inside the park, begins at 8 a.m. It’s non-competitive and geared for participants of all ages—making it fun for the entire family! Afterwards, spend the rest of the day seeing the animals. The fee is $35 per person and includes admission to the Zoo. All participants receive an Earth Day Run commemorative medal and a bookmark with flower seeds to spread in your own garden at home. Proceeds from the event benefit the Chicago Zoological Society’s Animal Care and Conservation Fund that supports research and education efforts at the Zoo and around the world. For more information

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0269, 0270, 1739, and 1842: Gather your unwanted electronics, textiles, and used books and drop them off at Brookfield Zoo’s recycling event in its main parking lot located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2483 and 2886: Brookfield Zoo’s Earth Day “fun run” takes participants on a 2.2-mile course inside the park. Proceeds from the event benefit the Chicago Zoological Society’s Animal Care and Conservation Fund.


About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people to 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. The Zoo is also accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums, and the International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association. Brookfield Zoo is located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and also is accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, and CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit



Sondra Katzen
Director of Public Relations
Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071


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