The Oakland County Board of Commissioners has partnered with the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, MI for the 6th annual GreenFest on Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. GreenFest is as a zoo-wide event dedicated to celebrating Earth Day and a wonderful way to engage the community in environmental stewardship.
On April 14, GreenFest will feature a sustainability tour of the Detroit Zoo’s anaerobic digester that annually converts 500 tons of animal manure and other organic waste into methane-rich gas to help power the zoo’s animal hospital, educational rain gardens, farm-to-table food options, a composting program, and other initiatives. They will have myriad activities such as chemistry demonstrations, zookeeper talks, opportunities to create window decals to prevent bird strikes, and much more. A 16-foot ground-mounted solar system called the SmartFlower™ will be featured blooming in the zoo’s garden just east of their Carousel. The system is expected to generate more than 4,000 kilowatts of electricity annually, which will power the 36-foot ride as well as other areas of the Detroit Zoo.
Brighten your holiday season with a trip to the Detroit Zoo! They’ll be lighting up the nights again this holiday season with Wild Lights! You can view the spectacular light display of over five million LED lights for 24 nights in November and December. The bright and festive lights will illuminate trees, buildings, and more than 230 animal sculptures throughout the front half of the Zoo.
New features for this year include nearly 600 light tubes that sway to music, an Antarctic-themed projection on the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, and a bug display.
Want to preview the magic of the Detroit Zoo’s winter illumination? Check out our video before you go:
If your family is looking for a Halloween destination with all of the fun, but none of the fright, “Zoo Boo” is the place for you!
Held the first three weekends in October, the Detroit Zoo’s “Zoo Boo” offers a diverse selection of festive Halloween attractions. Live entertainment acts include daring acrobatics, magic acts, and extreme pumpkin carving demonstrations.
Guests of all ages are invited to wear their costumes* and collect some sweets by trick-or-treating along the pumpkin-lined “unlucky” 13-station trick-or-treat trail.
WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY
April is National Frog Month; it’s well underway and things are hopping. Frogs do some mighty strange things, at least in the eyes of humans. Knowing facts about the lives and abilities of frogs will enhance your frog month celebration. That’s what this special blog post is all about. Then it’s time to trek off to a vernal pond in the woodlands, or perhaps lean against a tree at the edge of wildland marsh with a favorite frog-loving friend to enjoy a fantastic frog symphony in the dawn’s early light, or twilight. This link from a 2014 National Wildlife Federation blog in celebration of National Frog Month, has fun frog activities for young children. I won’t tell anyone if you read that link in order to glean more information for yourself about the long-leaping, bug-eating, swamp-singing amphibians that inhabit Oakland County.
They slip, slide, dip and dive. One waddling behind the other.
Whether they are sliding down the man-made ice hill, or diving into the chilling 326,000 gallon aquarium, it seems as though the King, Gentoo, Macaroni and Rockhopper penguins are enjoying their new digs at the Polk Penguin Conservation Center at the Detroit Zoo.
It’s a sprawling 33,000-square-foot space that houses 80-plus penguins. The facility opens to the public on Monday, April 18. Those who visit can expect to fall in love with the little tuxedo-wearing, tail-shaking birds. Continue reading