Montgomery Zoo hosts Earth Day Safari

. - The Montgomery Zoo is hosting an Earth Day Safari Tuesday and Wednesday, to teach students valuable lessons about our planet.

"We want to introduce students into the idea of recycling, conservation, preservation, because we kind of feel if you learn it when you're young it will be something that you will carry throughout your life,"msays Steven Pierce, Program Services Manager at the Montgomery Zoo.

Earth Day Safari is designed for elementary aged children. Students and teachers roam the zoo collecting important information with a scavenger hunt. As they answer questions, their "passport" is stamped at five different realm stations earning points to win a prize when completed.

Along the way, students are encouraged to play various games teaching them how they play an important role in our planet's survival and ecological state.

Guests will also have the opportunity to visit various demonstration tents sponsored by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), Montgomery Clean City Commission, Alabama Forestry, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama and Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.  Students will learn various aspects of water treatment, recycling, plant and animal conservation, air pollution and quality, and some nifty, craft making time as an Earth Day keepsake.

"Even at a young age, you can kind of learn that you do have an impact," Pierce says. "You can do things like reduce the things that you use, recycle things, because it's never too young to start that."

Students will also get a chance to meet with some of the zoo's animal care zookeepers, to learn more about the animals' personalities and diets, and ask questions.

For more information about Earth Day Safari and the Montgomery Zoo, check out The Montgomery Zoo's website or call (334) 240-4900.

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