Trash Cocktails for Conservation: Virtual Sustainable Mixology Class

Calendar Icon April 22
Clock Icon 6 p.m.
Clock Icon $15
Age Icon 21+
Chimpanzee holding lettuce in exhibit


Throwing away lemon peels and unable to keep that basil plant alive? Not after this class! This Earth Day, savor a cocktail class with a conservation twist! Learn to make Lincoln Park Zoo’s specialty Acts of Green cocktail using food scraps from around your kitchen, as well as creative ways to give your “trash” another delicious life!

Please note: Lincoln Park Zoo will send recipes, tips, and tricks to registered guests via email before the event, but guests must use their own “scrap” ingredients.


Mackenzie Heinze, Sustainable Mixologist

Mackenzie is a sustainability-minded bartender focused on cocktail creation that utilizes second- and third-use ingredients and practices ethical consumption. Mackenzie has worked as a cocktail apprentice at Tales of the Cocktail, competed twice in the Speed Rack charity cocktail competition, and attended several cocktail weeks with a focus on anti-waste in the cocktail sphere.

Katrina Chipman, Director of Horticulture

Katrina oversees the gardens at Lincoln Park Zoo. Under her direction, the Horticulture team strives to create beautiful landscapes inside and outside animal habitats for both the animals and public. The zoo is home to more than 1,000 plant species, including 330 species of woody plants, and became an accredited arboretum in 2019. The zoo also has special collections of hardy hibiscus, North American native hydrangea, and ninebark.

Julie Somor, Senior Conservation & Science Coordinator

Julie’s lifelong love of animals evolved into a deeper concern for the conservation of wildlife and wild places as she attended environmental studies courses at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. Eventually, Julie’s pursuit of an education in sustainability led to an internship with the Green Earth Institute in the Chicago suburbs. In June 2013, Julie became Lincoln Park Zoo’s Conservation & Science coordinator, assisting with projects and research to support the zoo’s conservation mission. In 2015, Julie helped reinstate the zoo’s Green Team, which she now chairs, working to further the zoo’s commitment to conservation by advancing operational sustainability.

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Zoo members: to apply your discount, please enter the first three digits of your membership ID in the “Enter Promotional Code” field when purchasing tickets.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I log into the event?

You will receive a Zoom link and unique password, via your registered email address, within two hours of the event. Please click the provided link and enter your password 5-10 minutes before the event begins. You will be placed in a virtual waiting room and will automatically gain access to the event as it begins. If you see the “Waiting for the Host to Start the Meeting” message, the event has begun yet, which gives you time to test your audio.

You can access Zoom via PC/Mac/Android/iPhone—however, we strongly encourage you to check your settings in advance before attempting to join the virtual event. To ensure a smooth virtual experience, you should have a secure internet connection.

You will be muted upon entry and will not be allowed to unmute or share your screen with others in the group. The best way to experience the event is through the “Speaker View” option, which will appear in the top-right-hand side of your Zoom screen.

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Does everyone in my household need a ticket to attend the event?

Your ticket purchase at all events, both live and virtual, help support Lincoln Park Zoo’s state-of-the-art animal care and worldwide conservation. Care continues here at Lincoln Park Zoo as dedicated staff remain hard at work ensuring the animals continue to flourish and receive world-class care.

100% of all proceeds go to your zoo.

We hope that all guests viewing the virtual event are registered ticket holders.

Can I purchase tickets at day of the virtual event?

If tickets remain available, a limited number will be for sale the day of the virtual event. We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance, though, as there are a limited number of tickets for these virtual events. We can’t guarantee tickets will be available the day of the virtual event.

Please keep in mind, events will take place right on time. Don’t be late!

Can I ask the host a question?

Yes! Your question will be sent to the host of the meeting, who will try to get through as many as possible at the conclusion of the event. If you have a follow up question that was not addressed during the virtual event, please email us at and we will try our best to reply with the answer.

I am a member. How can I apply my membership number?

To redeem your member discount, please follow the below steps:

  1. Click “REGISTER NOW” at the top of the website.
  2. Click “TICKETS.”
  3. In the top-right-hand corner, select “ENTER PROMOTIONAL CODE.”
  4. Enter the first three digits of your Lincoln Park Zoo membership number.
  5. Select “APPLY CODE.”
  6. Select the number of tickets you wish to purchase.
  7. Proceed to checkout.

Can tickets be traded, transferred, or refunded?

If you cannot attend the event, you can give your ticket to a friend or family member. However, there are no refunds for tickets purchased for special events at the zoo.