Endangered Species Day

Celebrate 16th Annual Endangered Species Day on May 21st, 2021

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. Wildlife refuges, zoos, aquariums, gardens, schools, libraries, museums, community groups, nonprofits, and individuals hold special programs or events for people of all ages. Due to the global coronavirus crisis, the programs organized for Endangered Species Day 2021 will primarily be online events, digital actions, and remote activities. 


Find out how you can be a part of this historic day below! Please note more featured events will be uploaded in February 2021.

Featured Events

Youth in grades K-12 are encouraged to enter our annual art contest, a great educational and creative opportunity for students! A Grand Prize, 1st Place Prize, and four Grade-Level Prizes are awarded for the best artworks of Endangered Species.
Looking for ways to celebrate Endangered Species Day without leaving home? Look no further – check out this list of ways to learn about and advocate for endangered species remotely, online, and from home.
Help provide habitat for pollinators like monarch butterflies and native bees by planting a pollinator garden for Endangered Species Day. Learn more about how you can do this by visiting our pollinator protectors page!

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.