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Louisville Zoo hosts Earth Day Festival

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Earth Day isn't until April 22, but the Louisville Zoo is celebrating early with discounted admission, student art and exhibits on sustainability.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 13, zoo admission is $3 and parking is free. Traffic is expected to back up in the area during the event.

Powered by LG&E and KU, the Earth Day Festival is a highlight of the zoo's "Party for the Planet: A Month-long Celebration of the Earth" in April.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will announce the winners of the Trashformation student recycled art contest along with Louisville Zoo Director John Walczak and Laura Douglas, vice president of Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs for LG&E and KU.

Trashformation recycled art entries will be on display all day in ZooVision. Entries to The "Fridge" Challenge will be on display in the Glacier Run classroom. This challenge was a new category added to the contest in 2014. Students were asked to create art from a recycled refrigerator shell as part of LG&E and KU's Fridge and Freezer Recycling Program, which gives customers $50 for their old, inefficient appliances.

During the Earth Day Festival, visitors can learn about the zoo's conservation efforts and visit environmental displays by eco-partners to find out what they can do to help protect our planet. Guests can discover ways to connect to the local environment and make a collective difference in conservation on a national and global level.

Eco exhibitors include:

  • American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK)
  • American Chestnut Foundation
  • The Diaper Fairy
  • Earth Fare: the healthy supermarket
  • Fleet Feet
  • Green B.E.A.N. Delivery
  • Huntington Learning Center
  • HomeFit Personal Training Company
  • Jefferson Co. Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Jefferson Co. Clerk's office
  • Kentuckiana Air Education (KAIRE)
  • Kentucky Division of Forestry
  • Kentucky Herpetological Society
  • Kentucky Natural Lands Trust
  • Kentucky Science Center
  • Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
  • LG&E and KU's Louie the Lightening Bug
  • LG&E and KU's Mini City
  • LG&E and KU's  The "Fridge" Challenge
  • Louisville Metro Division of Environmental Health & Protection
  • Louisville Zoo Docents
  • Louisville Zoo Green Team
  • Louisville Zoo Youth Board
  • MSD
  • Moe's Southwest Grill
  • The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky
  • Rainbow Blossom
  • River Metals Recycling
  • Service Systems Associates (SSA)
  • United Nations Association of the USA – Louisville Chapter
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Waterstep

Children and adults can also learn how to be safe around electricity by visiting LG&E and KU's "Mini-City" Demonstration between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Glacier Run classroom foyer. Mini-City is a table-top display that uses live current to demonstrate proper safety techniques using outdoor and indoor scenarios. And LG&E and KU's "Louie the Lightning Bug" will be on hand, buzzing the crowd to delight children and adults.

The Louisville Zoo is located at 1100 Trevilian Way near Bellarmine University and the Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve. Admission on a regular day is $15.95 for adults and $11.50 for children. Parking is $5 per car. Hours for the zoo now through Labor Day are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit louisvillezoo.org.

The Zoo encourages guests to ride their bike (bike racks will be available at the Zoo) or take TARC to the celebration to help protect the environment. For a list of TARC's buses and schedules, visit www.ridetarc.org.

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