Bergen County Zoo hosts conservation family-fun day with education, activities, prizes

(PARAMUS, NJ) – Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco, the Board of Commissioners, and the Bergen County Parks Department are pleased to invite the public to enjoy the 14th annual Party for the Planet on Sunday, April 24 at 10am-4pm at the Bergen County Zoo in Van Saun County Park. Party for the Planet programming also includes workshops on Friday, April 22n and Saturday, April 23, 10am-2pm, to teach about pollinator gardening and citizen science.

Each year, the Bergen County Zoo hosts Party for the Planet, their most popular event which welcomes upwards of 1,000 visitors annually. Thanks to a $10,000 Association of Zoos and Aquariums grant, 2022 will see the historically one-day event become a three-day conservation program, building on the Zoo’s Change for the Climate initiative.

Party for the Planet 2022 will take place Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24. Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23, 10am-2pm, will feature education and training regarding issues targeting local pollinators including invasive plant species, as well as the planting of pollinator gardens within the zoo. Sunday, April 24, will feature dozen organizations visiting the zoo, such as the Hackensack Riverkeeper, the Rutgers Master Gardeners, Wild Birds Unlimited, and local nature centers. Each organization will set up tables with activities, prizes, and more, to educate and involve the public in various conservation projects.

“Party for the Planet is your one-stop shop for conservation programming, providing residents with the opportunity and resources to support local efforts here in Bergen County,” said Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco. “Don’t miss out on this special Earth Day Celebration at the Bergen County Zoo!”

“I am excited to see the most popular program of the year at the zoo, Party for the Planet go from a one day event to a full weekend family outing,” said Commissioner Steve Tanelli. “Our parks system is the crown jewel of our county and this is just another way to provides outdoor recreation for our Bergen County residents.”

“Party for the Planet is our favorite event of the year,” said Marianne Vella, the Director of the Bergen County Zoo. “Like other AZA affiliations, the Bergen County Zoo is dedicated to supporting conservation efforts around the world. Party for the Planet, led by Carol Fusco and our Education Staff, gives us a special opportunity to increase awareness as well as showcase efforts being made by local groups. Our visitors can observe and experience real ways to help the environment. Building connections within our community is key to our mission of understanding and preserving our planet.”

The Bergen County Zoo is dedicated to actively pursuing efforts to conserve wildlife and wild places and instill in its guests a strong sense of appreciation and understanding of both

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