Mid Michigan Waste Authority will host its annual Earth Day celebration on Sat., April 21, 2018, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Saginaw Children’s Zoo. This annual environmentally-themed event promises a fun-filled day for children of all ages and their families. MMWA is once again offering free admission to the first 400 people who bring a recyclable beverage container, thanks in part to ticket sponsor Waste Management.

The eco-experience starts at the entrance gate with a visit to the Waste Management recycling truck, as zoo visitors turn in their recyclable containers. Inside the zoo, MMWA and more than a dozen community partners will offer free resources, games, activities, face painting, scavenger hunt, educational exhibits, and trash-to-treasure crafts in the event area near the horse barn.

All children’s activities are free, thanks to sponsorships from Republic Services, ERG Environmental, 1st State Bank, Roberts, Boehler, and Fisher, PC, and Masud Labor Law Group.

Participating organizations include the SVSU Greenhouse, Saginaw Conservation District, Saginaw Valley Sustainability Society, Downtown Saginaw Farmers Market, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Consumers Energy, Midland Recyclers, Chippewa Nature Center and more.

This year the event will focus on ways to reduce plastic waste and pollution. At the waste-free lunch station, children will receive a free reusable sandwich bag made from recycled plastic bottles, while supplies last. Zoo visitors will also learn about how they can go “Strawless in Saginaw,” by avoiding disposable plastic drinking straws.

At 11 am, Lisa Gruenberg, Kayli Miller, and Kenadi Canole of Cheap to Chic by Lisa will share repurposing tips and tricks you can try at home to give old, unwanted household items new life. Stop by their table to see examples of the trio’s handiwork and get ideas from these expert upcyclers.

April 21 is the first day the zoo is open to the general public this year, so the Earth Day event is a great opportunity to be among the first visitors of the season to enjoy more than 10 acres of beautiful tree-filled parkland, animal exhibits, colorful gardens, the beloved miniature train, the region’s only hand-carved carousel, and so much more.

For visitors who do not arrive in time for the free admission, entrance to the zoo is just $5 per person, and free for infants 11 months of age and under. The zoo is located at 1730 S Washington Avenue in Saginaw.