Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Goes Wild for Earth Day with All-New Celebration this Weekend

Park guests can get their hands dirty and participate in activities to show love for the planet

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is celebrating Earth Day with an all-new weekend event. This Friday through Sunday, guests are invited to get their hands dirty! From decorating rain barrels to planting a pollinator garden, guests can participate in interactive and educational activities that highlight conservation initiatives. “Educating our guests about conservation isn’t just important — it’s vital!” said Stewart Clark, Park President of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. “When guests understand the challenges facing our planet, they’re inspired to act. That’s why we’re dedicated to teaching and empowering every visitor who walks through our gates.”

More to Explore at Busch Gardens’ Conservation Weekend

Conservation Weekend is included with park admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Guests can look forward to the following specialty activities scheduled throughout the weekend: 

·         PASS MEMBER EXCLUSIVE – Earth Day Seed Packet: All pass members will receive an Earth Day seed packet filled with seeds to grow their own pollinator garden.

·         RETURNING FAVORITE – Guy Harvey Meet & Greets: Meet world renowned marine biologist and conservationist, Guy Harvey, at Xcursions gift shop on Friday and Saturday. Harvey is passionate about marine science and inspiring the next generation of environmentalists.

·         CONSERVATION IN THE PARK – Horticulture Expert Sessions: Busch Gardens’ Horticulture experts will be available in the Animal Care Center for Q&A sessions to help the community gain a new understanding of native plant gardens, community gardens, pollinator habitats, and water conservation initiatives taking place at the park.

The highlight of this three-day event will be two initiatives sponsored by Coke Florida (Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC) who will host activations at Gwazi Plaza centered around the company’s core sustainability focus areas: Recycling, Water Stewardship, Resiliency, and Litter & Waste Reduction. The local Coca-Cola bottler is committed to sustainable business practices, from packaging to processes, and equipping communities with the knowledge and resources to help positively impact their communities.

“As the local bottler, we are committed to making a difference within the communities where we serve and even more so in collaboration with our local partners like Busch Gardens, that share in our commitment to sustainability,” said Erin Black, Vice President, Sustainability at Coke Florida. “During the event, Coke Florida will showcase some of our key sustainability initiatives, focused on recycling, rPET and aluminum packaging, along with our efforts around water conservation, through the use of Coca-Cola syrup drums, being converted into rain barrels and our efforts for a World Without Waste.”

Coke Florida will donate rain barrels and art supplies for participants to learn about water conservation while unleashing their creativity to paint barrels before they’re installed across the park to collect rainwater and reduce stormwater runoff. Busch Gardens guests will also get the opportunity to experience a Coke Florida Reverse Vending Machine (RVM). RVMs are the latest in recycling technology, collecting empty plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Each time park guests recycles with the machine; they will have a chance to receive a free reusable straw or pen made from recycled plastic. The materials collected via the RVM are reused by the Company to make new beverage packages and help contribute to a circular economy.

Visit Busch Gardens During Conservation Weekend and Throughout the Year

Being a Pass Holder allows guests to enjoy 12-months of unlimited visits with unbeatable benefits including exclusive members-only events, savings on food, merchandise, free parking (Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels), free tickets for friends and family and so much more.

About Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure, offering 300 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. Busch Gardens is a unique blend of thrilling rides, an AZA accredited zoo with over 16,000 animals representing more than 200 species, and exciting seasonal 8events all year providing unrivaled experiences for guests of every age. For more information, visit BuschGardensTampa.com. Busch Gardens is owned by United Parks & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: PRKS), a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. 

About Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC

Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC (Coke Florida) is a family-owned Coca-Cola bottler with an exclusive sales and distribution territory that serves over 21 million consumers across 47 Florida counties, and includes the major metropolitan markets of Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, and Tampa. Coke Florida markets, sells, manufactures, distributes, and merchandises over 600 products of The Coca-Cola Company and other partner companies such as Monster Energy. The company is the sixth largest Coca-Cola bottler in the United States. Founded in 2015 and headquartered in Tampa, Florida, Coke Florida is the fourth largest Black-owned business in the United States, one of the largest minority-owned businesses in Florida, and a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certified company. In 2023, the company was named a US Best Managed Company, for the second consecutive year, joining an elite group of private companies holding this designation awarded by Deloitte-Private and The Wall Street Journal. To learn more, visit cokeflorida.com.

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