Zoo’s Eco-Friendly Day Promotes Healthier Planet
By Stephanie Lacerte // March 21, 2013
20 Local Groups Present Interactive Options
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – The term “Eco Friendly” is thrown around a lot these days, but its universal message promoting healthier living benefits all creatures who share this planet.
With that in mind, the Brevard Zoo hosted an Eco-Friendly Fair Day on Saturday, March 16 featuring more than 20 local environmental organizations.
Each group was specifically invited to the event to focus on healthy living and nature conservation in a fun and interactive way, said Olivia Wiggins, the Brevard Zoo’s Marketing Communications Coordinator.
Zoo visitors had the opportunity to learn about a variety of healthy living options.
Participating organizations covered a spectrum of topics ranging from the benefits of using coconut oil, to which locally grown produce is in season throughout the year.
Organizations such as Healthy Planet of Brevard, the Brevard County Farmers Market and the Master Gardeners of the University of Florida educated zoo patrons about the importance of supporting local farmers and eating fresh foods, Wiggins said.
Healthy Planet of Brevard which encourages a plant-based diet, distributed vegan recipe books and allowed young visitors the opportunity to build their own owl faced banana and raisin bites.
Brevard County Farmers Market raffled off various locally grown fruits and vegetables as well homemade products such as bread, soap and candles.
Conservation booths offered interactive presentations which included germinating mangrove seeds, turning simple beach items into art and making bracelets with a message of the hazards of water contamination.
The Surf Rider Foundation and Sea Turtle Preservation Society made compelling demonstrations about the significance of Brevard County’s beaches and waterways and their importance to local citizens and marine life.
Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute, which works with Brevard’s injured marine mammals, taught injury prevention tips and techniques to help injured or stranded dolphins.
Wiggins said participating groups also offered unique and creative merchandise.
Visitors could purchase handmade dog leashes and floor mats fabricated from flat ropes of recycled lobster traps from the Marine Resources Council, or buy up-cycled furniture made from recycled material by a new vendor named “This to That.”
Along with free face painting, silent auctions, raffle giveaways and live music, the Eco-Friendly Fair Day at Brevard Zoo was a day of endless amusement for all ages, according to Wiggins.
Brevard Zoo did a great job in coordinating an event that incorporated a balance of organizations and activities which had appeal to a varied audience.
This fun event, along with the zoo’s established attractions such as the Treetop Trek, animal exhibits, kayak tours and this year’s newest attraction, the Sand of Art, which showcases 13 sand sculptures created by sculptors from around the world, made for an educational and fun day for everyone who attended.