Celebrate 15th Annual Endangered Species Day on May 15th, 2020

Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for people of all ages to celebrate and learn about endangered species and how to protect them. Due to the global coronavirus crisis, Endangered Species Day 2020 will primarily be celebrated through online events, digital actions, and individual activities. 

Here’s what the Endangered Species Coalition is doing this year to recognize the importance of wildlife and speak out against extinction: 

  • Story Time: Every morning Monday, May 11th through Friday, May 15th, we’ll be reading aloud a children’s book featuring endangered species. We’ll be reading these fun and educational stories live on our Facebook page. Tune in by visiting our Facebook page at 9am Pacific Time / 12pm Eastern Time each day. 
  • Racing Extinction Screening: On Friday, May 15th, we’re offering people the opportunity to watch the intense, informative documentary Racing Extinctiononline, and participate in a live Q&A about the film afterwards. To find out more details and get access to this film screening event, RSVP here.
  • If you want to get outdoors for Endangered Species Day, join our all-day What’s In My Backyard? species identification challenge! On Saturday, May 16th, people around the world will use the free app iNaturalist to take photos and identify local species. This is a great activity for adults or families who want to get out into nature and learn more about the wildlife right in your backyard. Read full instructions for how to participate here. 

For more options, click “Find an Event Near Me” below or check out our list of 15 Ways To Do Endangered Species Day Online and At Home

Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest

*See the winning entries in the 2020 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest!

*See the Semi-finalist Entries Chosen in 2020 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest 

*Student Engagement Ideas

*Teachers/Others: See article about the Youth Art Contest in January 2019 issue of Arts & Activities Magazine.




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.

Endangered Species Day Bird Note Show

Listen to an Endangered Species Day show from Bird Note about the Palila:


15-Year Highlights

To help celebrate the 15th anniversary, the Endangered Species Day site will include a variety of “15 Lists” and other highlights. For example,

*15 Ways to Help Protect Endangered Species

*15 Ways to Help Protect the Endangered Species Act

*15 Ways to Celebrate Endangered Species Day Online and At Home

Future updates will include 15 Endangered Species Day Activities for Individuals and 15 Endangered Species Art Projects in the U.S.