Special activities and entertainment are coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom April 18-22. This is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, as well as the 25th anniversary of the Disney Conservation Fund. The celebration will end with an all-day extravaganza on Earth Day, April 22.

Each day of festivities includes a stellar lineup of expert speakers and entertainment; behind-the-scenes tours; specialty food and beverage; limited-edition merchandise signings; character greetings; photo opportunities; special Wilderness Explorers activities for kids – and lots more!

Throughout the week, in the Wild by Nature Speaker Series, guests will get to hear from some of Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s animal experts, educators and conservation “Heroes” at the park’s Theater in the Wild – learning about the ways Disney’s own conservation experts are working to save the planet and its wildlife.

National Geographic will also join in the fun. Nat Geo Explorers and Photographers will share their stories from the front lines of their explorations as well as wildlife photography and video technique. They will be showcasing what it takes to get all those stunning “never-before-seen” images and footage. They will join the outstanding roster of the Wild by Nature Speaker Series. Disney Parks will also debut National Geographic merchandise during the celebration.

Imagineer Joe Rohde – one of the driving forces behind Disney’s Animal Kingdom – will be there to give guests a special insider view. Joe will delight guests again this year with his “Tiffins Talks” featuring a spectacular four-course meal and lively discussion on his research trips and personal exhibitions from a life dedicated to exploration. Tickets for this event open February 18.

You can get a unique look at this year’s Disneynature films debuting on Disney+ in April, Elephant and Dolphin Reef, including discussions with Roy Conli, award-winning producer of the films.

Earth Day 2020 is also the 25th Anniversary of the Disney Conservation Fund. The Walt Disney Company is committed to ensuring a world where wildlife thrives and nature is treasured. The Disney Conservation Fund makes this possible, especially at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

As part of the celebration, the Disney Conservation Fund will showcase 25 global wildlife heroes, many of whom will present Stories from the Field and recount incredible moments in their work – saving at-risk wildlife around the world – from elephants and rhinos in Africa, to tamarins and anteaters in South America.

At the Animation Experience at Conservation Station, you will be able to uncover the secret of how Disney animators bring your favorite characters to life – using real life animals as inspiration. There will be special Disney characters featured for the Earth Day Celebration!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom also will be one of the places featured in the global live television event “BORN WILD: EARTH DAY LIVE,” simulcast on National Geographic and Nat Geo WILD on April 22, at 8/7c.

Produced along with ABC News, the special features revered National Geographic Explorers and leading ABC News anchors and correspondents who will take viewers on a journey into the most fascinating, breathtaking environments around the world to witness and celebrate the diversity and splendor of charismatic baby animals, their families and habitats.

These are just a few of the festivities coming for Earth Day 2020. Additional details are coming about even more Earth Day celebrations at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.