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Organizations and Vendors Can Still Sign Up for ‘Earth Day Celebration’

Activities Planned April 22 at Great Bend Zoo

‘Great Bend Earth Day Celebration,’ scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 22 at Great Bend Zoo, is coming together for its second-annual event. The Great Bend Zoo, Rosewood ECycle and Great Bend Dairy Queen are sponsoring, and invite other organizations and businesses to participate in the celebration. There is no charge for booth set-up. Any group promoting conservation, or providing children’s entertainment and education is encouraged to join. Food vendors are also being sought to take part in this year’s community Earth Day Celebration.

Several organizations that participated last year have already committed to the local come-and-go celebration, which occurs on the official 53rd anniversary of Earth Day. In addition to involvement by the three sponsors, Kansas Wetlands Education Center, Heartland Farm, Great Bend Zoological Society, and the ‘Read With Me’ program in Great Bend are all participating again. Wheatland Electric is a new participant this year, with plans to demonstrate an electric vehicle, in addition to providing booth interactions and materials. Kansas AKTION Club State Conference participants will be incorporating their activities into this year’s celebration at the Great Bend Zoo. Additionally, food will be available for purchase by Amelia’s Tacos. 

Smoky Hills PBS, which participated last year with an appearance by Curious George, will not be at this year’s event. However, Great Bend Zoo Curator Ashley Burdick said she is reaching out to find another children’s character to be a part of this year’s celebration.

“We’re enthused about the involvement of organizations and vendors who have signed up so far,” said Burdick. “We expect this year’s event to be well-attended once again, so this is a perfect opportunity for groups and organizations to entertain, educate and make a difference in the lives of children. Great Bend Earth Day Celebration is also a perfect time for families to create lasting memories at the Great Bend Zoo. We’re looking forward to bringing Earth Day Celebration to the community, once again!”

As the event draws closer, Burdick encourages other businesses and organizations to sign up prior to the April 1 deadline. Organizations, businesses and vendors wanting to participate in the second annual ‘Great Bend Earth Day Celebration’ can contact Burdick at 620-793-4226, or e-mail her at

Burdick said Great Bend Zoo can supply tables for vendor booths. In case of inclement weather, the staff will also offer indoor vendor space.


Access Great Bend Earth Day Celebration flier at

For more information, contact Ashley Burdick, Great Bend Zoo Curator,, 620-793-4226

March 13, 2023
Story by: Michael Dawes, director of PR, Rosewood Services, 620-792-2536,