Squirrel monkey

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Earth is the star of the party Saturday.

Take the kids to learn about all the ways they can conserve and cherish our planet while having fun riding bikes, playing outside and participating in conservation activities to celebrate Earth Day. 

These events are on Saturday, but Earth Day is officially April 22. 

Party for the Planet

Nico is a 14-year-old anteater living at Reid Park Zoo. He's a full grown male weighing in at 118 pounds. Their diets in the wild consist mainly of ants and termites. Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star

What: Bike to the zoo before noon and get in free. Bike valet by volunteers from the Greater Arizona Bicycling Association will be available from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. 

There are a bunch of conservation activities around anteater conservation, climate change and squirrel monkeys along with nature play, animal presentations and more. 

When: Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Reid Park Zoo, 3400 E. Zoo Court

Cost: Free admission if you ride your bike. Otherwise standard zoo admission of $10.50 for adults and $6.50 for children applies. 

Info: Go here

Earth Day Festival

Roasting a marshmallow using reflected sunlight was part of the fun at the Tucson Earth Day Festival in 2011. This year’s celebration will take place at The Children’s Museum Tucson.

What: Go to the children's museum for Earth Day goodness. There will be exhibitors and activities outside the museum for all ages. The kids will learn about recycling, composting, gardening and enjoying nature. 

When: Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Where: Children's Museum Tucson, 200 S. Sixth Ave.

Cost: Free (Even though the festival is over at 2 p.m., entry to the museum is free all day. It closes at 5 p.m.)

Info: Go here


Explore Tucson and help the Earth with exclusive Tugo Bike Share April discounts

This month only, purchase a Tugo Annual Membership and receive a 25 percent discount — an $80 value for only $60. Sign up today and get riding. 

Biking with Tugo helps the environment and your role in the reduction of carbon emissions. Happy Earth Day!

Angela Pittenger | This Is Tucson