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Earth Day at the ABQ BioPark

Several conservation-themed events at the Botanic Garden and Zoo to celebrate our planet.
April 18, 2019 - Earth Day is just around the corner and the ABQ BioPark has three special events to celebrate Mother Earth. 
 
On April 20, visitors can enjoy a day at the Botanic Garden at the Children's Seed Festival from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 
 
"At this event, kids will discover how amazing and important seeds are," said Pamela Dupzyk, ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden education coordinator. Children can make seed balls to take home, test their knowledge about seeds to win plants for their gardens and make seed art. There will also be face painting, veggie planting and a group plant mural. Visitors can also take home free seed packets and plants for their home garden.
 
Join the ABQ BioPark and City of Albuquerque Open Space Division for the City Nature Challenge on April 26 at Tingley Beach from 6-7:30 p.m. The City Nature Challenge is a friendly competition between cities all over the world to see which one can record the most observations about nature. Get outside and explore urban nature while helping scientists collect biodiversity data, and help Albuquerque win. Learn more about the event here.
 
Then on April 27, join us at the Zoo for Party for the Planet from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. At this event, visitors will learn about the endangered saola, which is threatened by snare traps that can hurt and kill them. Visitors will have the opportunity to make keychains out of wire from snares that were taken out of the wild, and can purchase or donate their keychain to the conservation organization Catching Hope. There will also be discovery stations around the zoo about other wild animals that can be caught in these snares.
 
"The ABQ BioPark's mission is to 'Discover Nature, Inspire Action,' and Earth Day is the perfect time to engage the community in conservation action," said Dupzyk.
 
Audrey Lenzi, ABQ BioPark Zoo education coordinator added, "These hands-on events will not only teach visitors about conservation issues, but will inspire them to take real action to help save endangered species and nature."
 
All of the events are included with regular admission.