John Ball Zoo

Party for the Planet

This is no ordinary party…It’s a party for the PLANET!

Join us on Saturday, April 23rd fro,m 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m. to celebrate the amazing planet we call home. Engage with Zoo staff and community partners to learn how to take Conservation Action to help improve native habitats for the wildlife we all love.
Sign up to be a Habitat Hero to help songbirds and Monarchs, recycle your old car seats with Kent Co. DPW, or go birding in the park during this Earth day party! Strolling animals will be present throughout the Zoo, giving you the chance to learn up-close. 

Community Partners:

  • The Rapid
  • Thrive Outside
  • Boxed Water
  • John Ball Zoo School,
  • Kent County Department of Publics Works
  • Grand Rapids Audubon Club
  • River City Wild Ones

Westside Community Cleanup

In addition, the Westside Community Cleanup and Block Party will be taking place in the park! 
The cleanup will be held in multiple neighborhoods (Districts) in the first ward. District 3 includes West Fulton @ John Ball Park.
Check-in begins at 8:30a.m. and cleanup is from 9:30a.m.-11:45a.m.
The Block Party at the Zoo is from 12:00p.m.-3:00p.m.

A block party for volunteers at John Ball Zoo after the cleanup will include:

  • Free meal for cleanup volunteers
  • Games and Activities for Kids
  • Music
  • Vendor & Resource Booths
  • Adult Beverage Tent
  • Party for the Planet is also happening at John Ball Zoo
  • Each cleanup volunteer will get perks for their participation, including:
  • A welcome packet (at check-in that will include some swag)
  • A meal ticket - Good for use with the local food vendors at the Block Party
  • A free raffle ticket

Please sign up for more information here.