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Celebrate Earth Day at the National Zoo. We will be planting 1,000 native sapling trees, and invite everyone to come help. We will also be handing out packets of seeds, and talking to people about how they can take steps to help the environment. Take public transportation to the Zoo, and look for Zoo and FONZ staff at the crossroads, near Lion/Tiger Hill and the Harvard Street entrance.


Plant a Tree


These trees, generously donated by Whole Foods Market, will help reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Generating energy by burning fossil fuels, such as oil and coal, emits carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming. Some scientists estimate that global warming may cause the extinction of tens of thousands to more than one million species.


The saplings will be planted along Rock Creek in the Zoo, near the Harvard Street entrance. (See a Zoo map.) Zoo Horticulture staff will be on hand to assist with the planting and talk about their important work at the Zoo.


Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring a good pair of garden gloves for the tree planting if you’d like.


Bring a Bag, Get Seeds


The FONZ Conservation Kids’ Club will be handing out a free packet of seeds to the first 500 children who bring a Whole Foods Market paper bag decorated with an Earth Day message to the Kids' Club table. You can also get a Kids’ Club T-shirt with our official golden lion tamarin logo when you make a donation.

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