ARBOR DAY CELEBRATIONS TAKE ROOT AT OKC ZOO
April 25, 2019
In honor of National Arbor Day, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is hosting a variety of activities that focus on the importance of trees and plants. Join the Zoo’s horticulture team as they host these happenings Friday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.:
10 a.m. – Botanical Garden Tour, departing from guest services office, free with Zoo admission
11 a.m. – Tree Planting Demonstration, entry plaza, free with Zoo admission
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Tree & OKC Zoo Poo Sale, entry plaza
Redbuds, Arborvitae, Loblolly Pines – $10 (approximately 2’ to 3’ tall)
OKC Zoo Poo – Small Bag, $3.99; Large Box with pollinator seed pack, $9.99
Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden
2000 Remington Place
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111
Arbor Day, first celebrated in the U.S. in 1872, is dedicated to the importance of caring for and planting trees. Trees serve a variety of essential functions: preserving wildlife habitat, absorbing carbon dioxide and heat-trapping greenhouse gases, plus providing shade to lower energy costs. But deforestation continues unabated. According to the World Bank, the planet lost 502,000 square miles of forest from 1990 and 2016. It’s critical to raise awareness about the need for trees.
OKC Zoo Poo compost is perfect for helping trees take root and is available for purchase during the tree sale on Friday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Zoo’s entry plaza. Two sizes are currently available: a small bag for $3.99 and a large box with pollinator seeds for $9.99. OKC Zoo Poo is available from Minick Materials in bulk for $50 per cubic yard. For more details, call (405) 789-2068.
The Zoo’s botanical garden encompasses more than 160 acres where exotic animals roam over the landscapes, under a canopy of flowering trees, forested groves and wildflower meadows. This remarkable ecosystem, where the eastern deciduous forest meets the tall grass prairie, is the cornerstone of the botanical garden and sets the tone for a purely unmatched native botanical experience. The Oklahoma native plant collection contains over 100 species some of which are listed as rare or imperiled. The Zoo’s botanical garden recently earned a prestigious accreditation from Botanical Garden Conservation International (BGCI), becoming only the fifth botanical garden to receive this accreditation within the United States and the eleventh internationally. It first achieved national accreditation as a botanical garden in 1998 through the American Alliance of Museums.
Speak up for trees! Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the Zoo is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Regular admission is $11 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Stay up-to-date with the Zoo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and by visiting Our Stories. Zoo fans can support the OKC Zoo by becoming Oklahoma Zoological Society members at ZOOfriends.org or in-person at the Zoo! To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.