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Lights out for an hour

Earth Hour will occur between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Central Time Zone. Join others from all round the world by switching your lights off for one hour.

By participating in Earth Hour people are acknowledging their concern for the planet’s well-being and their commitment to doing something more for the planet that goes beyond the one hour. Earth Hour also asks everyone to take personal accountability for their impact on the planet and to make behavioral changes that facilitate a sustainable lifestyle.

Taking the first step is as easy as turning off your lights. The Lake Superior Zoo, the Great Lakes Aquarium and the Hartley Nature Center are all turning off their lights in observance of Earth Hour. The lights on the Lift Bridge will also be switched off.

In the spirit of bringing people together for the planet, the Lake Superior Zoo invites you to an Earth Hour Celebration on Saturday, March 29. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. and guests will enjoy a campfire with hot chili and delicious s’mores, fire dance performances, star gazing with the Arrowhead Astronomical Society and flashlight tours of the zoo grounds until 8:45 p.m. The event is free for zoo members; nonmembers are $15 per family or $7.50 for individuals. Please consider registering at Walk-ins are welcome.

Please note: During this special night time event, only certain portions of the zoo will be open for guided tours and some of the animals may be sleeping and therefore not visible.

Earth Hour 2014 will mark the eighth year of the campaign. Hundreds of millions of people and businesses around the globe will turn their lights off for Earth Hour. Learn more by visiting