Earth Day celebration at Utica Zoo

Jamie Tuttle, Recycling Educator at Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority explains to a child what garbage items can be recycled at Utica Zoo’s Earth Day celebration in 2016.

Utica Zoo’s annual Earth Day event presented by Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority is Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Utica Zoo.

Gates open at 10 a.m.

Drop off your old documents at the free CONFIDATA paper shredder in the zoo’s parking lot.

The first 50 families will receive a free pine sapling for planting. At 2 p.m. there will be an educational presentation on plant families entitled “Seeing Flowers” by local author Teri Dunn Chace. Families and children can participate in animal meet & greets, activities, and games.

Meet Smokey Bear and learn about protecting local forest habitats. Voss’ food and drink stand will be open from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., serving hotdogs, hamburgers, and local favorites. Voss’ is cash only, ATM on site.

Earth Day is a regular admission event. Utica Zoo members receive free admission. Utica Zoo membership information can be found at

Admission Prices: 2 & under, free; ages 3 to 12, $4.75; ages 13 to 61,  $8; and seniors 62 and over, military and college students with ID: $6.75.

Earth friendly, locally made goods, and family-friendly services: Oneida Herkimer Solid Waste Authority, Smokey Bear, CONFIDATA Paper Shredding, Author Teri Dunn Chace, Fidelis Care, Mel’s Creations, Weekend Creations, AMF Bowling, NY PENN Girl Scouts. If you are interested in being a vendor at Earth Day, email

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