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Wonder Gardens hosts Second Annual WonderWeen Oct. 30

Wonder Gardens plans the Second Annual WonderWeen, a safe, outdoor Halloween-themed event that will delight children of all ages. The popular event with treats and surprises will be Sunday, Oct. 30 from noon to 2 p.m.

“We have planned an abundance of activities including collecting candy, Halloween-themed games with prizes and treats for local families,” said Sarah Williamson, retail and communications manager. “Also, this year, the Wonder Gardens will be joining with zoos, animal-lovers, and thoughtful consumers nationwide by choosing Halloween candy brands that support sustainable palm oil production and distribution.”

A lot of candy contains palm oil, and some of the palm oil industry has caused a major crisis for rainforests and critically endangered species around the world.

Children can explore the lushly landscaped botanical gardens and interact with more than 300 rescued, rehabilitated and non-releasable birds and reptiles as well as prizes, games, a costume contest and more.

Costumes are optional but encouraged, and the event is free to Wonder Gardens members and Bonita Springs residents. Admission is free for children under age 3, $7 for ages 3 to 12, $12 for ages 13-64 and $10 for ages 65+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For information, visit wondergardens.org or call 239-992-2591.

About Wonder Gardens

The Wonder Gardens, a charitable zoological park and botanical garden in Bonita Springs, is home to rescued birds and reptiles nestled among sprawling banyan trees and plantings. While preserving the best of this site’s 86-year history, the nonprofit cares for more than 300 resident animals, is upgrading wildlife enclosures and growing the botanical beauty of the property, while delivering education programs and events and further engaging the community to enjoy this jewel in historic Downtown Bonita Springs. The Wonder Gardens at 27180 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs is one of the few remaining cornerstones of Old Florida, an enduring symbol of the history of the region, as well as a resource for learning about the environment and wildlife. For information, visit wondergardens.org or call 239-992-2591.

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