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Earth Day Celebration returns to the Charles Paddock Zoo 

–On Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., the Charles Paddock Zoo kicks off “A Party for the Planet!” Earth Day Celebration. This family event will focus on natural resource conservation and the global and local protection of animals and plants. In addition, the zoo has teamed up with The Link’s Children’s Day in the Park to offer lots to do for families both at the Zoo and at Atascadero Lake Park.

“A Party for the Planet” will be a fun day for children of all ages, with interactive adventures, hands-on activities, exhibits by sustainability-conscious businesses, as well as demonstrations and workshops on native plant gardening, food waste composting, water conservation, beekeeping, and more.

During the entire month of April, visitors are encouraged to bring used toys in good working condition to be donated to families in need. Local students will be performing skits based on animal habits, prehistoric animals and biodiversity. Join us for an engaging, affordable event that will challenge young and mature minds alike. Potential exhibitors, particularly non-profits and sustainability-focused businesses, are encouraged to contact us regarding participation; there is no charge to exhibit.

Over 200 animal species call the Charles Paddock Zoo home! Many of the zoo residents are part of globally managed programs to preserve animals and their habitats. The Zoo is dedicated to the conservation of local and exotic species. The zoo features several unique species not often seen in facilities of our size, including fossa, red pandas, Malayan tiger, lemurs and meerkats, as well as many other exciting and interesting mammals, birds, reptiles and insects. The Zoo is family-friendly with the opportunity for children and adults to experience animals up close. Unique gifts, as well as refreshments and strollers are available at the zoo gift shop. Adjacent to the Atascadero Lake Park, the zoo is the perfect destination for a day of fun, education and relaxation.

On April 21, the annual Children’s Day in the Park will also be happening. Seek out the carnival wristband for a combo price of $7 for both the zoo and the carnival for children 12 & under!

A Party for the Planet offers Earth Day activities that are full of fun and purpose and enjoyable for all at the cost of regular zoo admission. Tickets are $7 Adults age 12+, $6 Seniors age 65+, $5 Children 3-11, free for Kids 2 & under. The Charles Paddock Zoo is the Central Coast’s ONLY Zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Zoo is open Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and located at Atascadero Lake Park on Hwy 41/Morro Road, one mile west of Hwy 101.

For information, go to or or call the zoo at (805) 461-5080.

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