Make strides toward a healthier world at Brookfield Zoo Chicago’s annual Party for the Planet recycling event and Earth Day Run.

Drop off items, including electronics, textiles, and books at the Party for the Planet recycling event, presented by the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program, on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Zoo’s main parking lot (8400 31st Street, Brookfield). The Zoo’s partner organizations—eWorks and UsAgain—will be on hand to collect items. For a complete list of acceptable items and more event info, go to

Additionally, those visiting the Zoo on April 20 can head to the south mall to assist the grounds crew plant a tree to commemorate the holiday.

There’s no better way to celebrate Earth Day than by getting outside and enjoying wildlife and nature by participating in the Zoo’s Earth Day Run on Sunday, April 21. The non-competitive run that is fun for the entire family, begins at 8 a.m. and takes place inside the park.

All participants will receive an Earth Day Run commemorative medal and a packet of wildflower seeds to bring a piece of the Earth Day celebration to their own gardens. The entry fee is $35 per person, which includes full-day admission to the Zoo, allowing runners to spend time with the animals post-event. For more information and to register, visit

Proceeds from the run benefit Brookfield Zoo Chicago’s Animal Care and Conservation Fund, which supports research and education efforts at the zoo and around the world. More information here.