Endangered Species Day


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:

Participate in an Event

Visit one of the many zoos and aquariums, parks, botanic gardens and other locations 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

Easy Ways to Celebrate/Individual Actions Are Critical

If there isn’t an event planned in your area and/or if you would like to take additional individual action, you can:

* Plant milkweed 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. (For more information, visit www.monarchwatch.org and/or contact David Robinson, Endangered Species Day Director

* Send an Endangered Species Day e-card. You’ll find samples here.

* Host a DamNation screening party for your friends/work associates. Individuals wishing to do a community screening can get copies of the film for a fee via this website: http://damnation.bullfrogcommunities.com/damn_order_form   Those who would like to do an intimate screening in their home for friends, family, and neighbors can get the film on Netflix.

* Hang a bat box. See batcon.org for information.

* Take the sustainable seafood pledge

* Use public transportation or your bike on Endangered Species Day.

* You’ll find more things to do here.

And please let us know how you plan to celebrate Endangered Species Day.  Send a note to David Robinson, Endangered Species Day Director.

Check back often to learn more about how you can be involved in Endangered Species Day.

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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.