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Party for the Planet ™ 2018

Dates: Saturday, April 21 to Sunday, April 29
Time: 10:00 am until 4:00 pm

Nature has a lot to teach us, and we are beginning to listen, learn and innovate.

Join the Toronto Zoo in our Earth Day® event Party for the Planet following in the footsteps of nature to reverse climate change. Learn how to reduce your footprints on this earth by mimicking the wonders of nature. Join us in the study of biomimicry, innovate in kid-friendly activities and speak with local organizations who are passionate about conservation to get inspired and learn how you can take action.

This event will have activity stations distributed between the Australasia Pavilion and Tundra Trek.

Party for the Planet is powered by green energy through Bullfrog Power! 

Exhibiting partners include April 21st and 22nd: ROM, Toronto Hydro and Toronto Zoo and April 28th and 29th: ROM, Toronto Hydro, Green Lid, Furniture Bank and Toronto Zoo

Party for the Planet ™ Workshops:

Looking for something more? Join us for our Keynote presentation on biomimicry or one of our hands-on workshops. Space is limited, so book your spot today!

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Biomimicry workshops, and keynote presentation with Jamie Miller, Biomimicry Frontiers:

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Biomimicry Presentation Time: 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm
Cost: Member $15, Non-member $20
Location: Education Auditorium


Talk Abstract:

Biomimicry is an emerging philosophy that is transforming the way we think, behave, and create. In this talk, Jamie explores new insights into ecology, the philosophy of biomimicry, and the stories of how biomimicry is inspiring a new wave of sustainable technologies - think walls that breathe like skin, concrete that can self-heal like coral, cities that share and distribute local resources like a forest, or structural colour inspired by the peacock. By looking at the roots of our unsustainable culture, Jamie unpacks the thinking that has driven our separation with nature, our current state of complex problems and potential risk of collapse, revealing how biomimicry may hold the key for safely evolving our existing systems towards greater resiliency. Fundamentally, Jamie describes biomimicry as a way of thinking that creative thinkers - combined with emerging technologies like 4D printing, big data, green chemistry and complex systems thinking - could use to lead the next wave of truly sustainable design. 



Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Biomimicry Kid’s Workshop Times
: 10:30 am – 11:30 am, & 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Cost:  Member $10, Non-member $15
Location: Education Auditorium



Kid’s workshop abstract:

Biomimicry is a way of viewing the natural world to inspire new designs. To do this requires true creativity, and a quieting of our own cleverness. In this workshop, kids - some of our most creative talent - get to discover the incredible forms, processes and ideas in nature to inspire new ways of thinking, behaving and creating. Biomimicry expert Jamie Miller will walk kids aged 5 to 12 through the steps of looking at nature for inspiration and put their creativity to use by drawing out their innovative ideas. Could your child be the next Elon Musk?

Jamie Miller
Jamie Miller is a biomimicry educator and the founder of Biomimicry Frontiers. He was trained by Janine Benyus (the woman who coined the term, biomimicry) in 2007 as a biomimicry speaker and educator. In 2012, Jamie started teaching the Ontario College of Arts and Design biomimicry programs, during which he completed a PhD in engineering that focused on systems-level biomimicry in urban development. Along with his consulting, Jamie has also founded the Biomimicry Commons, which is an innovation incubator for entrepreneurs and disruptor studio for business. In all he does, Jamie's mission is to apply biomimicry and to facilitate the next generation of sustainable design leaders who will transform our designs towards greater harmony with nature.


Self Spa Workshop

Natural body care workshop with Anarres Natural Health, including a behind-the scenes tour of an animal exhibit, to discuss how species can be affected by palm oil use.

Date: Sunday, April 22, 2018
: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Cost: Member $25, Non-member $30
Location: Wild Connections Tent


Make Salts, Scrubs and Face & Body Masks

Why spend ten times more for products made with mystery ingredients and laced with industrial chemicals? You'll learn what each natural wholesome ingredient does according to tradition and contemporary knowledge, and how to combine them to meet individual needs. You'll work with clays, minerals, salts, oils and essential oils and come home with a face mask, a body scrub and a bath salt! Best of all, we'll keep the water clean and safe for all living beings!

Take home a 10g custom face mask, 150g custom body scrub and 250g custom bath salts.



Building Biodiversity with Native Plants Presentation

Date: Sunday, April 22, 2018
: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Education Auditorium – please note this is a first come first served event.

Join Paul LaPorte, the owner of Ephemeral Ark Nursery (specializing in native woodland species), for a presentation on the definitive role that plants have in the cycle of insects, pollinators and the successive food chain that is supported by this relationship. In addition, the definition of a native plant, an example on how to establish a native plant garden and a brief overview of the North American Native Plant Society will also be provided.

Yellow bird eating seed


Solar Powered Toy Car Workshop

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018
: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm, & 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: Member $30, Non-member $35
Location: Wild Connections Tent – next to Special Events Centre

Join the Toronto Tool Library to use the power of the sun for your very own solar car! Participants will assemble and solder together a toy car that they can take home with them. Enjoy the ride!



Toy Car


Self Spa Workshop

Natural Body Care Workshop with Anarres Natural Health including a behind-the scenes tour of an animal exhibit, to discuss how species can be affected by palm oil use.

Date: Sunday, April 29, 2018
: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: Member $25, Non-member $30
Location: Wild Connections Tent – next to Special Events Centre


Lotions, Potions & Creams Lab

Learn how multi-purpose a simple lotion and cream made from water, rose water, vegetable wax, oil and a preservative from citrus fruit can be. The secrets of fabric softeners, hair conditioners and moisturizers will be revealed!

You'll learn how to use basic white lotion and cream as a; hair conditioner, moisturizer, facial cleanser, base for medicinal concoctions, and fabric softener! You'll customize it with wholesome, skin healing ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and oils such as avocado, hemp seed, apricot kernel, sesame, and sea buckthorn, plus essential oils. You'll leave with a 100ml metal pump bottle of lotion - a $15 value!!!

Bowl of mix


Test Driving of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

Date: Saturday April 28 & Sunday, April 29, 2018
: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Drop-off Loop

Not only will you be able to find out more information about electric and hybrid vehicles but you can test drive them too!

Toyota logo


Sustainability Tours

Date: Monday April 23 – Friday April 27, 2018.
: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost: Free – first come first served
Location: Meet us at the Tundra Zoomobile Station

Come on a tour to see some of the green technologies the Toronto Zoo has implemented to help us on our path to lessen our environmental footprint.

Tours will be approximately one hour long and will be offered on a first come first served basis.
Meet us at the Tundra Zoomobile station at 11 a.m. on weekdays only.

Polar Bear AC units

*Please note all events subject to change without notice.


Please note that the Mayan Temple will be closed to the public from Monday 2018-10-01 to Friday 2018-11-09 for construction and the jaguar, flamingos and spider monkeys will not be viewable. We apologize for any inconvenience.