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Earth Day South Sound

A year of trees

in the South Sound.

The South Sound is gathering for trees.

No, not in person right now, due to recent restrictions around the COVID-19 pandemic. But singly, online and eventually in person, the South Sound community is coming together to celebrate, plant and care for trees in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day – all year long.

It’s called Earth Day South Sound.

Join Us

Online April Celebration
Tree hugs and more.
Earth Day South Sound kicks off online in April. Make a pledge to volunteer, plant, adopt a tree, donate or share a tree story. And on Earth Day itself (April 22) join in the mass online tree hug.
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A Year of Trees.
Caring, celebrating, planting.
After April, look for a year's worth of tree events! In summer, we'll prune, mulch and learn. In fall, we'll plant. And through April 2021, we'll tell tree stories with song, film, poetry, art and more. Look for Zoo events to come!
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Why trees?
We need them.
We all need trees. They give us food, clean air, shelter, clean water, livable temperatures and physical and mental health. They’re vital in slowing climate change. Trees are also beautiful, and play a big part in our culture and imagination.
Meet the Zoo trees

Earth Day South Sound

It takes a village.

For Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, organizations around the country are mobilizing for deep, broad actions that will have lasting impact on issues like preservation of species, protecting the climate and mitigating pollution.

Led by a broad coalition of partners, Earth Day South Sound has the goal of nothing less than a healthy tree for every child in Pierce County – and to engage the whole community in caring for nature.

Partners include the Metro Parks Tacoma (including the Zoo and Northwest Trek), City of Tacoma, Tacoma Tree Foundation, Pierce Conservation District, Pierce County Parks, Tacoma Public Utilities, Puyallup Watershed Initiative, South Sound Together and Earth Day Northwest. Other participating organizations include the City of Puyallup, the University of Washington Tacoma and MultiCare.

Thank you

to our supporters.

Special thanks to Columbia Bank and The Nature Conservancy for their support of our Earth Day programs at Point Defiance Zoo and sister zoo Northwest Trek Wildlife Park.