Hattiesburg Zoo to host celebration on April 20


Interested in learning ways to contribute to making the world a greener place? The Hattiesburg Zoo will host an Earth Day Celebration and invites the community to partake in a variety of special activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on  Saturday, April 20.

 Local scholastic groups are welcome to participate in a hands-on competition to take recyclables, along with other forms of refuse, and transform them into works of art. These works of art will be exhibited and judged at the Zoo during Earth Day Celebration. 

The challenge is categorized in three age groups: Primary (K-2nd), Elementary (3rd-5th Grade), Middle (6th-8th Grade), and High School (9th-12th Grade). 

One class from each group will win a FREE field trip for up to 25 students and 4 instructors. This exclusive field trip will include admission, an educational presentation, train rides, and a ropes course pass. The deadline to register to compete is April 12.

 “Following our mission statement, our institution strives to promote conservation through educational and recreational outlets,” said Jeremy Cumpton, director of conservation, education, and wildlife. “This event combines these outlets into a day of animal enrichments, keeper chats, and other fun activities. We hope guests will leave motivated to make a difference in their own ecological efforts.”  

 As visitors discover how they can nurture nature, they will also enjoy Birdfest, presented by the Piney Woods Audubon Society. Topics such as bird calling, nesting, migration and backyard birds will be introduced with games and more.

 Admission is $5, and children under 2 are free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate the day of the event. To help support the zoo’s environmental efforts, conservation wristbands are available for $2 at the gift shop. Attendees are encouraged to bring the following items to be recycled: plastics, paper, cardboard, Mardi Gras beads, batteries, and toothbrushes.