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Deering Seafood Festival


Stop by our tables in the discovery cove, where kids can experiment and explore!  Children and their families are invited to participate in hands-on activities that bring our research and research techniques to life!

Party for the Planet

Zoo Miami’s Earth Day celebration – Party for the Planet – will be held Saturday and Sunday April 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The Tropical Flowering Tree Society will be hosting its annual plant show and sale.  There will also be fun “green” activities and entertainment for the entire family as well as animal enrichment with recycled items and/or natural materials like newspapers, cardboard tubes, bamboo, old tires, fire hoses, and more.  On Sunday, April 17 the Florida Youth Orchestra will be performing at the Sami Family Amphitheater from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

Watch as some of our animals tear into their Earth Day treats. Wild animals spend a large portion of their time searching for and consuming food. Here at the zoo their diets are provided and easily accessible. Therefore, keepers use enrichment like the paper maché items filled with treats, to promote natural foraging behaviors.

11 a.m. – Orangutans and white-cheeked gibbons
11:30 a.m. – Giraffes
12 p.m. –  Flooded Forest Aviary at Amazon and Beyond
1:45 p.m. – Chimpanzees
2 p.m. – Gorillas
3 p.m. – Giant tortoises (Sat.)
3 p.m. – Golden frogs in the Atlantic Forest at Amazon and Beyond (Sun.)
3 p.m. – African elephants


During Party for the Planet, guests can come in free of charge if they turn in a cellphone as part of our ECO-CELL phone recycling program. Not only will each person donating a cellphone enter the zoo for free on these two days, but they will also help save gorillas! Cell phones include coltan, a mineral extracted in the deep forests of Congo in central Africa, home to the world’s endangered lowland gorillas. Fueled by the worldwide cell phone boom, Congo’s out-of-control coltan mining business has in recent years led to a dramatic reduction of animal habitat and the rampant slaughter of great apes for the illegal bush-meat trade. By turning in your cell phone, we can hopefully reduce the need for additional coltan … and help protect the gorillas.  

 Don’t forget to stop by FIU’s booths!

City of Sunrise Earth Day Festival

Celebrate green living at the fun, family-friendly Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Sawgrass Sanctuary Park (237 North New River Circle, Sunrise 33326).

Admission is FREE, and the first 1,500 people through the gates will receive a reusable shopping tote and a BPA-free water bottle. The bottles can be refilled throughout the day at the City’s complimentary water station.


The City’s annual Earth Day celebration features live music (bands TBA!); a Kids’ Korner with children’s activities, bounce houses, face painting, arts and crafts and more; handcrafted goods; fantastic food and beverage vendors; and non-profit exhibitors. There will also be a Tree Planting Ceremony in observance of Arbor Day.

To volunteer at this event for community service hours please contact calbucher@sunrisefl.gov


Volunteer activities for Earth Day include helping out at the Education Pavilion, helping distribute the Butterfly Garden Starter Kits, circulating through the park getting attendees to take the Good and Green Pledge and fill out the annual Earth Day Survey, helping as a greeter and explain the passport that must be stamped in order to be eligible for a Butterfly Garden Starter Kit. 





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Invasive Species Awareness Festival

Join us on January 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the 2016 Python Challenge™ Invasive Species Awareness Festival presented by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida.

This free, family friendly event will include presentations, exhibitors, vendors, interpretive walks, kids’ activities and will be located around FIU’s Nature Preserve. You will also have the opportunity to register for the 2016 Python Challenge™ Removal Competition or watch live capture demonstrations. FWC staff will be on-hand to talk about safe capture techniques and how to properly identify nonnative species including Burmese pythons. Enjoy tasty samples of some of Florida’s nonnative species and watch demonstrations on how to prepare nonnative fish.

This event is open to the community. It’s particularly great to introduce young people to the public events being sponsored by the 2016 Python Challenge™, so they can see first-hand a Burmese python, tegu or an invasive fish and hear biologists give tips on how trained adults can find a large well-camouflaged constrictor snake in the millions of acres of our greater Everglades ecosystem. Everyone can contribute to the conservation of our native wildlife!

For more information visit pythonchallenge.org.