Endangered Species Day

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Celebrate Endangered Species Day on May 15, 2015 

Zoos, aquariums, botanic gardens, wildlife refuges, conservation groups, national parks, museums, and schools throughout the country will hold tours, open houses, special presentations, exhibits, milkweed plantings/butterfly garden installations, habitat clean-ups/other restoration events, children’s activities and more on May 15, that weekend and throughout May. If you’re looking for ways to be involved in this important celebration, here are a few highlights:

*Organize a milkweed planting to help expand habitats for Monarch butterflies, one of America’s vanishing species (now being considered for endangered species designation by the Fish and Wildlife Service). Contact David Robinson, Endangered Species Day Director. for more information.

*Contact a local environmental or community group to suggest a habitat clean-up or other restoration project.

*Visit one of the many zoos and aquariums that will be providing special exhibits and programs. Beginning in April you can locate these and other events (below) at Find an Event Near You.

*Don’t forget to visit the Toolbox (below) for a variety of special materials to help plan your event. Check back often to learn more about how you can be involved in Endangered Species Day. If you have a question or suggestion, please contact David Robinson, Endangered Species Day Director.

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download_toolkitThe toolkit includes materials for Endangered Species Day events and activities, a step-by-step guide to planning an event, sample lesson plans and other materials to make your event fun and successful.

2014 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest Winning Entry by Amy Feng

2015 Saving Endangered Species

Youth Art Contest 

–Deadline for Entries is March 1, 2015

The complete contest guidelines and other important details are here. (If you have any questions, contact David Robinson, Endangered Species Day Director: drobinson@endangered.org)

2014 Youth Art Contest

You can view the grand prize/grade category winners and all semi-finalists of the 2014 contest here. Thanks to the more than 2,000 young artists in grades K-12, as well as those in home schools and youth programs, who submitted their artwork of threatened and endangered species.