Making choices that help the environment can be as easy as turning off the lights when you leave a room, or turning your thermostat down before you leave the house. It's just about that easy to score a buy one, get one free ticket to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, too.
On Saturday, November 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. visitors can celebrate America Recycles Day by bringing select recyclables to the Zoo in exchange for one free admission -- with the purchase of a regular admission.
Eligible materials include aluminum cans, cell phones and rechargeable phone batteries, paper such as newspaper, catalogs, junk mail and magazines, ink jet and toner print cartridges, child car seats and cooking and dinnerware including pots, pans, plates, forks and knives. Just follow the signs to the collection area, and Zoo staff members will be on hand to assist you.
Guests can also celebrate the Year of Zero Waste with the City of Cleveland's Office of Sustainability and make a recycling craft with the Zoo's Volunteers.
Proceeds from the aluminum cans collected will benefit wildaid.org, an international organization dedicated to saving many different animal species by ending the illegal wildlife trade.
Make a difference every day. Compact fluorescent light bulbs, cell phones, rechargeable cell phone batteries, and ink jet and toner cartridges can be dropped off by Zoo visitors any day at the recycling station in the Zoo's Exhibit Hall. Child car seats can be dropped off by the sign outside the main gate (a program in partnership with University Hospitals). Newspapers, magazines, junk mail and shredded paper (bagged) can be deposited in the yellow and green Abitibi-Bowater Paper Retriever bins in the rear of the Hippo Parking Lot behind The RainForest. Aluminum cans and plastic bottles can be recycled throughout the Zoo on a daily basis as well. Look for the solar powered, trash compactors courtesy of Big Belly Solar and the Alcoa Foundation.
Northeast Ohio's most-visited year-round attraction, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $12.25 per person, $8.25 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children younger than 2 and Zoo members. Parking is free. Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 90 and 480.
For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo or call (216) 661-6500.