Endangered Species Day
May 21st, 2010
Celebrating America’s Wildlife Legacy
The Endangered Species Coalition has teamed up with Wild Ones Promotions to host four fun adventure races-one in each time zone of the continental United States. Competitors will run, bike, kayak and use basic navigation skills to "rescue" 50 endangered species from a series of checkpoints.
Celebrate Endangered Species Day on May 21, 2010!
Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for people young and old to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions that people can take to help protect our nation’s disappearing wildlife and last remaining open space. Protecting America’s wildlife and plants today is a legacy we leave to our children and grandchildren, so that all Americans can experience the rich variety of native species that help to define our nation.
Started by the United States Senate, Endangered Species Day is the third Friday in May. Every year, thousands of people throughout the country celebrate Endangered Species Day at parks, wildlife refuges, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, libraries, schools and community centers. You can participate in festivals, field trips, park tours, community clean-ups, film showings, classroom presentations, and many other fun and educational activities.
Participate in the Endangered Species Day Art Contest
Children can submit artwork, posters and pictures to the Endangered Species Day Artwork Contest. The winner's work will be exhibited at Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The winner of the Endangered Species Day Art Contest will be chosen by an incredible panel of artists, photographers and wildlife experts. You can download an entry form here.
Endangered Species Day events
Register now for the First Annual Race to Stop Extinction, happening May 23, 2010 in Portland, Maine.
See full list of Endangered Species Day events!
Endangered Species Day Podcast
Listen to our Deputy Director Sarah Matsumoto discuss Endangered Species Day and the exciting events surrounding it by clicking here.
Plan your own Endangered Species Day event!
Find everything you need in our Endangered Species Day Toolkit, including a step-by-step guide to planning an Endangered Species Day event and materials to make your event fun and successful. Then tell everyone about your event with our Endangered Species Day event registration form.
Learn about endangered species where you live
Teachers and other educators find resources in Endangered Species Day Educational Materials. This guide includes lesson plans, handouts and factsheets.
Protect Endangered Species At Home
Check out the Top 10 Things You Can Do at Home to Protect Endangered Species. Pick one to do on Endangered Species Day and try the rest of the list throughout the year.
Meet Our Endangered Species Day Ambassadors
Our ESD Ambassadors include Wyland, Bindi Irwin, Jack Hanna and Joan Embry. Find out more here.
Pass an Endangered Species Day Resolution
The United States Senate has passed a resolution creating Endangered Species Day. Many states, counties and cities have also passed similar resolutions or proclamations supporting Endangered Species Day. Ask your state or city pass an Endangered Species Day resolution. For an example, see the United States Senate Endangered Species Day Resolution for 2009 .
Support Endangered Species Protections
Sign the Endangered Species Act Legacy Pledge.
For more information on Endangered Species Day, contact the Endangered Species Day Advisory Board. For additional information click on this link: