Party for the Planet: Oakland Zoo’s Earth Day Event!

Celebrate Earth Day at Oakland Zoo with a “Party for the Planet” — Explore Earth Stations, visit with local environmental organizations, get your face painted, observe beautiful animals and enjoy a day of education and fun. Marvel at the Trapeze Arts show of West Oakland. Play with the gigantic earth ball. See live animal presentations. When people and animals learn to live together sustainably, it is a true party for the planet!

An Oakland Zoo Tradition

The Earth is indeed something to celebrate, so come to Oakland Zoo for one of the largest Earth Day events in the East Bay. Earth Day fits our mission perfectly: To inspire respect for and stewardship of the natural world while creating a quality visitor experience. What could be more inspiring than making a genuine connection with over fifty visiting conservation organizations who work to help animals and the environment? Other inspiring experiences will include arts and crafts in the ‘Create with Nature Zone’, making beaded necklaces that help the lives of people and chimpanzees in Africa, and animal close-ups in our Clorox Wildlife Theater. Quality experiences and fun will be had by all, come to our meadow to play with our giant earth ball, watch circus antics, have your face painted and watch a real trapeze show!

Other highlights of Earth Day include: voting for your favorite conservation project at the Quarters for Conservation voting station, Oakland Zoo docent and education stations, and of course, visiting our resident animals and watching animal feedings throughout the Zoo.

“It makes sense that our modern society would create a day such as Earth Day: a special day set aside to appreciate and take action for our one precious planet. Earth Day has been celebrated for 45 years and in nearly 200 countries, and Oakland Zoo joins in the celebration by producing one of the largest Earth Day events in the East Bay. It is our pleasure to bring together our visitors and community to connect with over 50 wildlife and nature-based organizations. We hope our guests have a ball while learning that each of us truly matter, and that we can all take action for wildlife. It will be a wonderful day and a genuine party for the planet!” - Amy Gotliffe, Director of Conservation at Oakland Zoo

All ages are welcome for a day of interactive learning and animal inspired fun. The 2015 Earth Day event at Oakland Zoo is included with regular Zoo admission ($11.75 for children/seniors; $15.75 for adults; parking $8.00).

Get a free train ride with a donation of used cell phone or ink cartridge!

“Party for the Planet” Daily Details:

Clorox Wildlife Theater Schedule (located in the Children’s Zoo):

  • 11:45am Live Animal Encounters
  • 12:30pm Live Animal Encounters

Children’s Zoo Commons:

  • Animal Trivia Games with Oakland Zoo Teen Wild Guides
  • 1:00pm Jug Bandits Band
  • 2:30pm Jug Bandits Band

Adventures in the Meadow:

  • 11:15am Giant Earth Ball for little kids
  • 12:00pm Wild Trapeze Show by Trapeze Arts
  • 1:00pm Giant Earth Ball for big kids
  • 2:00pm Wild Trapeze Show by Trapeze Arts

Arroyo Viejo Creek:

  • 9:00am -12:00pm Help restore the creek with the creek crew and the city of Oakland. Meet at the entrance to the creek. Contact for more info