John Ball Zoo



CONSERVATION Event for our community

Saturday, May 5th 2018 - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm


Come celebrate Earth Day at John Ball Zoo! 

Event Highlights

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 5th, 10 – 3 pm at the Zoo. Activities are included with admission. What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with the planet’s amazing and diverse wildlife? Come connect with nature and wildlife at this annual Earth Day event. More than 120 of the top zoos and aquariums across North America are throwing a Party for the Planet, making it the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America!


Activities & Experiences

Discover fun for the entire family during Party for the Planet.

Educational Activities 
Participate in family-friendly activities that will delight nature-lovers of all ages.

Animal Care Experts 
Learn more about the many animals at John Ball Zoo! Additional animal care experts will be on hand throughout Party for the Planet—so you’ll have more chances to see animal enrichment programs, trainings and feedings, and ask the experts questions about animals.

Face Painting 
Transform your look with a nature-inspired design from one of our creative face-paint artists.

Commemorate Earth Day

Special Vendors 
Be on the lookout for some conservation-savvy vendors at John Ball Zoo throughout Party for the Planet.

Nature-Inspired Merchandise 
Discover conservation-inspired merchandise. Shop for merchandise inspired by conservation and wildlife, like plush toys, apparel and more.

Celebrate Nature Year-Round

A Donation in honor of Earth Day! Conservation is a key pillar of John Ball Zoo. Through donations tied to Animals! Animals! — via the John Ball Zoo Wildlife Conservation Fund — we have contributed to conservation initiatives locally and around the world.

Animal Sponsorship Program: Animals! Animals! provides an opportunity for you to support our animals and our mission of inspiring people to be active participants in the conservation of wildlife and our natural environment. We care for more than 1,300 animals representing 271 species. Your sponsorship supports animals at John Ball Zoo as well as animals around the world.

Learn more about the John Ball Zoo’s Animal Sponsorship Program.

Wildlife Conservation Fund

The Zoo is committed to protecting the planet and using resources wisely. Since 1985, John Ball Zoo’s Wildlife Conservation Fund has contributed more than 100 conservation programs in 30 countries. While attending Party for the Planet, you’ll have opportunities to learn about the John Ball Zoo Conservation Fund and its work to reverse the decline of at-risk wildlife.

Learn more about the John Ball Zoo’s Wildlife Conservation Fund.


Party for the Planet Sponsors

Association of Grand Rapids Landscape Professionals
Better Life
Blandford Nature Center
Blue Care Network
Friends of Conservation
Grand Rapids Audubon Club
Grand Rapids Children's Museum
Grand Rapids Public Museum
Kent County Department of Public Works
Ludington State Park
Outdoor Adventure
The Rapid
West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science
West Michigan Environmental Action Council