(CLEVELAND) -The Cleveland Foundation announced Wednesday that its April centennial gift to the community – Cleveland Foundation Day at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo – celebrates the special role the foundation, through its donors, has played in the creation and longevity of Cleveland Metroparks.

On Saturday, Apr. 26, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, including The RainForest, will be open for free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It's the first free weekend day for all visitors to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in nearly 20 years.

In honor of the foundation’s centennial, Cleveland Metroparks, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and the Cleveland Zoological Society are joining forces to develop special family programming throughout Cleveland Foundation Day at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Since Earth Day is in April, the programming will focus on sustainability and conservation and their impact on wildlife and wild places through fun, interactive activities for families.

“Cleveland Metroparks was established, in part, as a result of one of the first studies the foundation commissioned back in 1919.

Today, it’s impossible to imagine our community without Cleveland Metroparks and the Zoo,” said Robert E. Eckardt, executive vice president of the Cleveland Foundation.

“We want to help make sure Greater Clevelanders enjoy the great nationally-renowned assets available right in our own backyards, which is why we’re opening the gates to the Zoo for this rare free day opportunity for Northeast Ohio families.”

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