Easy Ways to Celebrate Endangered Species Day

“Nothing is more priceless and more worthy of preservation than the rich array of animal life with which our country has been blessed.”
–President Nixon, upon signing the Endangered Species Act, December 28, 1973

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Endangered Species Day provides an opportunity for people young and old to celebrate our biodiversity and promote the conservation of wildlife, fish and plants threatened with extinction.

Endangered Species Day is held the third Friday of May (and throughout the month) by zoos, aquariums, parks, botanic gardens, museums, schools and communities.

Here are tips students, educators, families and communities can use:

Students: Learn more about endangered species and habitat conservation in your area. The first step in protecting threatened animals is learning how important they are to our world.

Educators: Encourage students to get involved in wildlife protection. Start with resources available on SIRS Discoverer. You’ll find plenty of articles and activities focused on biodiversity and conservation.

Families & Communities: Take Action: Attend an endangered species event in your area. Visit your local zoo, aquarium or natural history museum. Get social: Show your support for Endangered Species by updating your Facebook timeline photo with your favorite wildlife species.

Want even more inspiration to get involved in conservation efforts? Check out this must-see list of the 10 Cutest Endangered Species.

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