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Zoo New York to mark Earth Day with Saturday celebration

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WATERTOWN — Today is Earth Day, and the staff at Zoo New York in Thompson Park are getting ready to celebrate.

Since 1970, environmentalists, activists and scientists from around the world have recognized April 22 as a day to show support for environmental protection and for ending humanity’s harmful impacts on the planet. This year, the theme is “investing in our planet,” which Zoo New York staff are taking up for a celebration on Saturday.

“We’re taking that to mean, ‘Do something good for the planet,’” said Zoo New York education coordinator Haley M. Sylvan. “People always say ‘I recycle,’ and you should, but also focus on trying to do something beyond that.”

Mrs. Sylvan said the zoo will host representatives from environmental protection and education groups, including from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust and the Wellesley Island Minna Anthony Common Nature Center.

The groups will set up booths around the zoo, with games, activities and presentations. Mrs. Sylvan said much of the day will focus on empowered purchases, and how people can be more environmentally conscious about what they buy.

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Zoo New York hosting holiday lights spectacular, honoring local teen

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As Jefferson County remains in a state of emergency, with mask requirements, people are looking for things to do outside, and safely. One such event, is called Winter Wonderlights at Zoo New York in Watertown. And while there are a lot of displays that will bring smiles to faces one display — honoring a local teenager — will leave you feeling every emotion possible.

“So this is our second annual Winter Wonderlights. Right outside of our guest services building, this is the first view that you see,” Zoo New York Marketing Director Joshua Baughn said, showing off the sights.

Zoo New York, Watertown’s zoo at Thompson Park, is bringing the flair for the holiday season.

“A lot of our initial concept was that we wanted to give somebody the opportunity to get out in the winter time, when our attendance is a little bit lower, so we thought, why not decorate the zoo? We reached out to the company that helps put on Lights on the Lake and their quote was just a little out of our price range, so we said, let’s do a grassroots, homegrown version of it,” Baughn said.

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Watertown’s zoo postpones its 100th birthday party

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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) – Zoo New York in Watertown has decided to postpone its centennial gala until 2022.

Mayor Jeff Smith and his wife, Milly, were set to host the event to celebrate the zoo’s 100th anniversary in conjunction with the mayor’s ball.

Zoo officials say they decided to push it back due to an uptick in the number of COVID cases.

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