John Ball Zoo throws a party


Earth Day event will feature over 30 green organizations

Yes, being green has definitely caught on. Manufacturers, architects, and businesses of all kinds have found ingenious ways to conserve and preserve. But how about every day family households that want to help? What can they do that’s affordable, simple and saves? Party for the Planet at John Ball Zoo is the place to find out. The event will take place on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Over thirty West Michigan organizations will be attending Party for the Planet and each will offer something unique. There will be seedling give-aways, games, entertainment, science experiments, recycling and conservation  tips and of course, the animals.  Party for the Planet will also be the “one-stop-drop” for recycling of electronics and household items thanks to the on-site collection by Kent County Department of Public Works, 1-800-GOT JUNK? and Goodwill Industries.  

Zoo admission for Party for the Planet is only $3.50 for adults, $3.00 for children 13 and under, and kids two and under are free.  John Ball Zoo is located on Fulton Ave., one mile west of downtown Grand Rapids.  For more information or (616)336-4374

Full list of participants:

 Association of Grand Rapids Landscape Professionals

Will be distributing free white pine seedlings

City of Grand Rapids – Environments Services Disney           

Will have give-aways promoting upcoming movies.

Girl Scouts

Will be helping kids plant seeds in take-home pots.

Blandford Nature Center

Will be handing out seedlings.

Goodwill Industries

Will be collecting clothes and household items.

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

Make-n-take crafts and games.

Grand Valley Metro Council

Green Chauffers (‘green’ taxi service)

GVSU “Greening of the Grands” Project

            Free blue spruce seedlings

GVSU Natural Resources Management

Healthy Homes Coalition

Will be helping people keep their homes safe inside and out.

Horizon Hydroponics

Displaying tools for ‘green’ gardening.

Animal Medical Center of Wyoming

Land Conservancy of West Michigan

Michigan Nature Association

Natural Awakenings MagazineL

Pioneer Construction

The Rogue River


Sustainable Community Development Initiative

West Michigan Academy of Environmental Sciences

West Michigan Trails and Greenways Coalition


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