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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