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Visit the "Wild Earth Day" attraction at the Pittsburgh Zoo on Friday and get a free tree to plant at home

Kristen Walters

Looking for a fun way to celebrate Earth Day in Pittsburgh? Check out the "Wild Earth Day" attraction at the Pittsburgh Zoo and take home a free tree to plant in your yard.

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The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium has special events planned for Earth Day this Friday, April 21, 2022.

Starting at 9:30 a.m., visitors can enter the park and observe a variety of spectacular animals, including Masai giraffes, polar bears, Amur tigers, black rhinos, cheetahs, flamingos, and more.

If you head over to the Commonwealth Charter Academy Mobile Aquaponics Lab in the Village, you can pick up a free tree seedling to plant at your home. Tree Pittsburgh is providing the trees. This is a great way to celebrate Earth Day and do something good for the environment.

Visitors on Friday will also have an opportunity to meet education ambassador animals, watch feedings, and more through the Zoo's "Homeschool Day - Wild Earth Edition" program, which is open to everyone. It's not limited to "homeschooled students," but registration is required to access the event.

The Zoo is also offering a special contest on Earth Day where you can win four free tickets to the Zoo if you bring in an old cell phone to recycle. More than 151 million cell phones end up in landfills each year. So if you have an old cell phone lying around, you can help protect the Earth by recycling it.

Even if you can't make it to the zoo on Friday, you still have a chance to win tickets to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium by taking a photo of yourself doing something good for the Earth and sharing it on social media with the hashtag #SaveThePlanet.

Earth Day activities will be going on until 4 p.m. on Friday. You can plan your visit, purchase tickets, and register for special educational events online by going to the Pittsburgh Zoo's website.

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