Endangered Species Day

Celebrate 17th Annual Endangered Species Day on May 20th, 2022

Every year on the third Friday in May, thousands of people around the world participate in Endangered Species Day by celebrating, learning about, and taking action to protect threatened and endangered species. This global day of action and celebration was created and founded by David Robinson and the Endangered Species Coalition in 2006, and has continued ever since. 

On Endangered Species Day, wildlife refuges, zoos, aquariums, gardens, schools, libraries, museums, community groups, nonprofits, and individuals hold special programs or events for people of all ages. People around the world participate in these activities or others. Find out how you can be a part of this historic day below! 

Featured Events

K-12 students are invited to express their creativity and submit art to the Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest. The deadline to submit is March 1st -- don't miss this awesome opportunity!
The Endangered Species Chalk Art Event is back for another year (May 20th - 22nd). A great way for people of all ages to celebrate ES Day. Participate for fun or enter to win one of our prizes!
Lead or join a nature walk in your community identifying 17 local species in honor of the 17th anniversary of Endangered Species Day! A fun and educational way to celebrate ES Day outside.

Event Map


Use these resources to plan an exciting Endangered Species Day! Check out a list of event ideas and our step-by-step guide to planning a successful event in the Toolkit for Event Planners. Find endangered species lesson plans and lesson materials in the Educator’s Toolkit, and ideas for youth-focused events and activities in the Toolkit for Youth and College Students. Pick out good book about endangered species from our Suggested Reading, TV, and Films list, or pick a movie and host a film screening in your community.
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Wolf in Yellowstone in snowy environment with forested background

Make a year-end gift to protect endangered species before 12/31 and it will be doubled!

Help protect wolves, grizzly bears, whales, and other endangered species with your gift today and it will be matched up to our goal of $125,000.