Santa Fe College will hold a series of events leading up to Earth Day on April 22, starting with Party for the Planet over the weekend.

The event will take place at the college’s teaching zoo, located at 3000 NW 83rd St., on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., said Jade Salamone, the conservation education specialist of the zoo. 

Along with a chance to see more than 200 animals, the zoo will also offer face painting, keeper talks and crafts. 

“This year, we kind of wanted to do it big and have a big celebration all month long,” she said.

The Santa Fe Teaching Zoo is a five-semester-long program that teaches students how to care for animals and become zookeepers, said Jonathan Miot, director of the zoo. 

“The zoo has been in its current location for 42 years,” Miot said. 

Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for children ages 4 to 12, seniors ages 60 or older and UF staff and students with ID. The event is free for children 3 and under and Santa Fe students or staff members with ID.

A full list of the month’s events can be found on the Party for the Planet page at sfcollege.edu

“It’s a really important opportunity for the community to really refocus on conservation and to realize that we at Santa Fe College, we are one of the partners in conservation,” Miot said.

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