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Earth Day Celebration Exhibitors Ready to Make Green Impact on Community

Fun Activities Planned April 22 at Great Bend Zoo

What a magnificent day Rosewood ECycle had helping to host Great Bend Earth Day Celebration at Great Bend Zoo last April. We're ready to do it again, Saturday, April 22nd!!!

Earth Day is recognized as the planet’s largest annual civic event, celebrated each year on April 22. Events are coordinated globally to the impact of 1 billion people celebrating the day in more than 193 countries. The official theme for the official 53rd anniversary of Earth Day is “Invest in Our Planet.” Central Kansas will be able to celebrate this worldwide event on the local front.

‘Great Bend Earth Day Celebration,’ is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 22 at Great Bend Zoo. The local event, now in its second year, is shaping up to be a fun day. The Great Bend Zoo, Rosewood ECycle and Great Bend Dairy Queen are hosting the event, which is geared toward children, but all family members are welcome to participate.

“We want people to come spend quality family time with us at the Zoo, while also gaining an appreciation for the environment,” said Great Bend Zoo Curator Ashley Burdick, about Earth Day Celebration festivities. “We want to get people excited about the impact they can have from doing their small part in creating a greener world. It’s an important day and an important event, but also a fun opportunity that we are excited to bring to our community.”

Besides the three sponsors, five more businesses and organizations are participating in the celebration this year. They are Heartland Farm, Kansas Wetlands Education Center, Luna the Therapy Dog, Great Bend Zoological Society, and Wheatland Electric. A new T-Rex character will be roaming the Zoo to entertain children. Amelia’s Tacos will sell food in a food truck out front of the Zoo. It’s a convenient lunch option in between enjoyment of event activities. Great Bend Dairy Queen will issue a coupon for a free small ice cream cone to the first 500 youth participants that day. In addition, there will be giveaways to the first 500 children in attendance.

“Excitement is building for our sponsors and participating organizations,” said Burdick. “We’re ready to put on a wonderful event for the children. There will be plenty of displays and booth interaction to keep them entertained and engaged. It’s an inexpensive way to enjoy, what we hope will be, a beautiful spring day in Great Bend.”

Rosewood will help children start their very own tomato plant, and hand out Rosewood ECycle sports pack that include an Earth Day coloring page and crayons. We will also tell you about our 24-hour Rosewood ECycle drop-off location for old electronics at 2200 Main, east of the Great Bend Zoo.


Access Great Bend Earth Day Celebration flier at

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

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