In 1970, the year Earth Day was first celebrated, Dakota County donated an Apple Valley parcel of land to the state. Eight years later, the Minnesota Zoo opened its doors on that land. Since then, more than 36 million guests have walked through the gates into a world of animals from all corners of Minnesota and across the world, award-winning exhibits, nationally recognized education programs, and leading conservation efforts.

As we reflect on the many achievements of the past half century and the work that lies ahead, it is abundantly clear just how much we rely on nature. We look to nature to help guide us through challenging times, and find added joy and solace in its abundance during this spring time season of celebration and renewal.

Today, as the world comes together to relish the beauty of the earth and its creatures, we want to thank you for your generosity and commitment to the Minnesota Zoo, and to your commitment to protect the earth!

Message from John Frawley, Minnesota Zoo President/Director

Happy Earth Day!