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.
Photos from Endangered Species Day events around the country
See The Winning Entries in The 2013 Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest
Children in grades K-12 submitted artwork, posters and pictures to this years Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest. The grand prize and grade category winners of the contest were chosen by a panel of artists, photographers and wildlife experts. You may view winning entires here.
Meet Our Endangered Species Day Ambassadors
Our ESD Ambassadors include Wyland, Bindi Irwin, Jack Hanna and Joan Embrey. Find out more here.
Pass an Endangered Species Day Resolution
The United States Senate has for several previous years 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 recently passed United States Senate Endangered Species Day Resolution for 2010 (S.Res 503) .