ASHEBORO, NC – Celebrate Earth Day Sat., April 16, and Sun., April 17 by attending a weekend-long Party for the Planet at the North Carolina Zoo. Bring in a bottle or soda can this weekend and receive a collectible cup.

On both days, the party starts at 10 a.m., with fun activities throughout the park until 3 p.m., including:

  • A performance by McCrary Elementary School UNITE Drummers (1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Sun., in North America Plaza)
  • Magic by Chaz ( 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Sunday in North America and KidZone)
  • Face painting (10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sat. & Sun., in Africa & North America Plaza)
  • Music by Healing Force (11 a.m. & 1 p.m., Sat., in Africa Plaza)
  • Storytelling by Fred Motley (10:30 a.m. – 11:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m.-2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m .Sun., in Africa Plaza)
  • Tree giveaway (Sat. & Sun., in Africa & North America Plaza)
  • Bowling for Rhinos (10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sat. & Sun., in Watani Grasslands)
  • Educational smart carts including Artic Ambassador Center and other activities (10 a.m. - 3 p.m., throughout the park including KidZone)

Celebrated worldwide on April 22, Earth Day has mobilized people since 1970 to build a healthy, sustainable environment and protect the Earth for future generations.

About the North Carolina Zoo

The North Carolina Zoo provides an experience like no other zoo anywhere. With five miles of exhibits, nearly 2,000 animals and 52,000 plants it is the largest natural habitat zoo in the world and an international leader in wildlife conservation. 

Find yourself surrounded by some of Africa’s giants including elephants, rhinos, and giraffes; share the love of gorillas with Mosuba and his six-member troop; welcome polar bear Nikita as he joins Anana in polar plunges every day at their Rocky Coast Exhibit; or join in the fun at the mud café in the Kidzone. 

Located in center of the state in Asheboro, it is convenient to visit from anywhere in North Carolina. The North Carolina Zoo welcomes nearly 750,000 guests each year. Plan your adventure at


About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources 

The North Carolina Zoo is an agency of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C.  Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit