Earth Optimism Day at the National Zoo

April 22, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

On Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., spend Earth Day celebrating conservation success stories at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. This family-friendly event features fun activities and interactive demonstrations, including a conservation scavenger hunt!

Education Booths

Bird-friendly Coffee

Stop by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center’s Bird-Friendly Coffee station to discover how the coffee you sip could help protect migratory birds and their homes, along with many other vital species. Find out more about certified sustainable products and what’s next for the Zoo’s Bird House as it transforms into Experience Migration.

Citizen Science, hosted by Virginia Working Landscapes

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a scientist? Find out how you can get involved in citizen science projects through programs like NestWatch, FrogWatch and more at the Citizen Science station, hosted by Virginia Working Landscapes! At this station, you can also test your animal spotting skills with a surveying game or help decorate bee hotels, while learning about ways to get involved in protecting local wildlife.

Coral Conservation

Around the world, coral reefs are dying — but we’re not giving up hope just yet. Visit the Coral Conservation station to see coral up close and learn about the groundbreaking work of Smithsonian scientists in the field of coral cryopreservation. Find out what you can do to work toward a brighter future for coral reefs and the millions of animals that depend upon them for survival.

Reintroduction Success Stories: Black-footed Ferrets and Guam Rails

Check out the amazing success stories of black-footed ferrets and guam rails, and learn how the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute has helped bring both species back from the brink of extinction. While at this station, you can make your own black-footed ferret mask, meet “RoboBadger” (a taxidermied badger on wheels, previously used in a study on black-footed ferrets) and scan a black-footed ferret stuffed animal for a microchip — just like a biologist would in the field.

Reintroduction Success Stories: Przewalski’s Horses and Scimitar-horned Oryx

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute has been instrumental in the reintroduction stories of many animals, including scimitar-horned oryx and Przewalski’s horses. At this station, you can learn more about these animals and the efforts underway to reintroduce them into their natural habitats. Check out the GPS tracking collar that scientists use to track oryx or try your hand at a reintroduction game!

Save the Golden Lion Tamarin

In the early 1970s, there were only 200 golden lion tamarins left in their native habitat of Brazil. Thanks to the work of zoos and conservation organizations, today that number has grown to 3,200! Explore the incredible recovery and reintroduction of this species at the Save the Golden Lion Tamarin station. Play games, create tamarin masks and find out what you can do to help protect these amazing animals.

Sustainability Committee at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

At this station, you can find out more about the different ways to join the Zoo in going green. Head out on a green tour of Asia Trail, take part in a conservation craft project or share what you’ll be doing to help protect the planet by leaving a message on the conservation blackboard!

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