Celebrate Diversity


May 18


9:30 a.m.
- 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Meijer

Diversity is nature’s greatest strength. It should be ours too. This event highlights nature’s diversity and focuses on increasing our connection to both nature and community. The fun includes a biodiversity game, getting an up-close look at animal artifacts (biofacts) from around the world, browsing our Sustainability Market, and more.

Enjoy activities from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Highlights include:

  • Community Tree – Our community is made up of individuals with unique strengths and identities. Share what makes you unique and add your leaf to the tree!
  • Sapling Handout – Take home your very own white spruce sapling to plant in your yard! (Limited supplies available).
  • Animal Artifacts – Get an up-close look at animal artifacts (biofacts) from around the world.
  • Biodiversity Guessing Game – Guess how many species are represented in an ecosystem and learn how they work together.
  • Wisconsin Forest Station – Explore a section of the Zoo’s forest and discover the biodiversity within our grounds! You’ll learn how to identify species and help uncover some of the plants and animals that live among us.


Sustainability Market
Join the Zoo in celebrating the diversity of our community by supporting local groups and artisans at our Sustainability Market.

Some of the participating vendors and organizations include:

  • Aryelle Boivin — Native American beadwork
  • Bronzeville Collective, FlyBlooms — sustainable textiles
  • La Revo Books — Latine-focused animal books
  • Milwaukee AAZK — the local chapter of the nonprofit American Association of Zoo Keepers
  • Milwaukee County Youth Commissioners — providing young people in Milwaukee County with a unique experience in community service, civic engagement, and policy and budget decision-making
  • Southeastern Oneida Tribal Services — strengthening cultural connection and providing services and programs to enhance the well-being of Oneida in southeastern Wisconsin
  • Strong Native Minds — empowering youth, embracing the well-being of elders, and uplifting Native voices
  • The Classics Shoppe — premium streetwear apparel designed to preserve history and culture
  • The Polish Heritage Alliance — a nonprofit that focuses on promoting Polish heritage and culture
  • Zaishu Pottery — Japanese-style pottery


All activities for Celebrate Diversity are free with regular Zoo admission.

Zoo Pass membership is valid for this event.

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For faster entry: Members and pre-ticketed guests, park at West End (enter at 106th St).