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Feb 24


The original item was published from February 24, 2020 11:52 AM to February 26, 2020 9:54 AM

HeatherCurrantWe all need trees – animals, humans and the Earth itself.

That’s why Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is celebrating trees for Earth Days, a public event April 4-5 that kicks off a year-long South Sound Earth Day project to celebrate, plant and care for trees. And we’ll do it zoo-style, with plenty of animals, hands-on activities and fun. Earth Days is also free with zoo admission or membership.

Each day in the weekend, we’ll have special animal enrichments and encounters, like a beaver “tree tastetest!” We’ll have a passport scavenger hunt to find big cutouts hidden in and around trees at the zoo that highlight animals that depend on trees for food, shelter or clean water – just like humans do. Community partners will have booths in our plaza showing different ways you can help plant, care for or celebrate trees in the South Sound.
For more ways to get involved for Earth Day, visit our calendar page

We’ll also host a massive 12-foot Earth Globe, which is traveling to tree-related events around the South Sound through 2020 – a perfect Earth Day selfie! But the most tree-rific thing of all will be the Story Tree, a giant tree sculpture under a tent on our central lawn.

Created by local artists, it comes with thousands of laser-cut “leaves” made of thin birch on which zoo guests can write or draw their own personal tree-stories: the first tree they climbed, the tree they loved as a child, their favorite forest hike or any other memory. It’s a bit like a tree love-letter.

Then they can hang their story leaf onto the tree sculpture, along with hundreds of other South Sounders, to create a giant, tree-shaped community artwork. The Story Tree will stay up at the zoo all summer long, with more and more leaf stories added.

“We’re excited to be celebrating our shared love of trees with our community,” said Karen Povey, the zoo’s conservation engagement manager. “Trees profoundly touch the lives of people and animals. They are more important than ever for their vital roles in providing habitat for endangered species, and reducing the effects of climate change.”

For more information about Earth Days at Point Defiance Zoo, see pdza.org/earth-days.