How You Can Help Our Planet

“No one made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”

-Edmund Burke

By making smart choices every day, you can help save the world’s wild animals and wild places. No effort is too small! Here are some easy ideas for you and your family to start helping our planet.

At Home
  • Spend time outdoors. Get to know the plants and animals in your own neighborhood
  • Create a Certified Wildlife Habitat in your own yard
  • Turn off lights when they’re not needed
  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or doing dishes
  • Turn off the TV when not in use
  • Recycle
  • Take reusable bags to the store
  • Fix leaky faucets
  • Use rechargeable batteries
  • Choose a reusable water bottle
  • Buy in bulk to reduce packaging
  • Start and maintain a compost pile
  • Build a Monarch Butterfly Waystation to help migrating butterflies
  • Weed by hand instead of using pesticides
  • Grow your own fruits and vegetables
  • Buy energy-efficient appliances
  • Purchase a fuel-efficient vehicle
  • Start and maintain a compost pile
  • Don’t buy disposable products
  • Choose not to water your lawn
  • Install a rain barrel; use the rainwater in your garden
At School or Work
  • Pack your lunch in a reusable container
  • Use both sides of a piece of paper when printing
  • Reuse bags
  • Turn your water heater to 120 degrees F
  • Take short showers
  • Obey speed limits to increase gas mileage
  • Recycle or refill ink cartridges
  • Walk, ride your bike, or use public transportation
At The Zoo
  • “Round up” your purchase at the Wild Things Gift Shop. These funds go directly to our Conservation Partners
  • Drop a coin in the Kids4Nature kiosk each time you visit. Contributions support conservation projects
  • Don’t pollute storm drains with liquids or litter
  • Recycle your cell phone to benefit wildlife
  • Read the signs at the zoo to learn more about conservation, and share what you learned with someone else.
  • Participate in our Holiday Light Drive – Bring your unwanted lights to our Guest Services building for recycling.