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Endangered Species Day
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By Tricia Andrews

Girl Scouts Invited to Participate in Endangered Species Day 

The 8th annual national Endangered Species Day will be celebrated at special events and other programs throughout the country on May 17, 2013. Endangered Species Day was first held in 2006 after the U.S. Senate approved the resolution designating it as a special day of observance.

The purpose of Endangered Species Day is to educate the public about the importance of protecting endangered and threatened species, share success stories of species recovery and highlight everyday actions that individuals and groups can take to protect the nation’s wildlife and the places they call home.

Every year, schools, youth groups, libraries, museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, wildlife refuges, agencies, businesses, parks, community groups and conservation organizations offer tours, exhibits, presentations and other activities that emphasize the importance of protecting the nation’s rare, threatened, and endangered animal and plant species.

Girl Scout Opportunities

Endangered Species Day can provide Girl Scouts with an ideal opportunity to learn more about biodiversity, local habitats, and specific endangered and threatened species, and potentially fulfill some of the requirements for the Earned Award Program. Specific areas that might apply include:

Animal Habitats

Voice for Animals

 5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals Leadership Journey

Justice Leadership Journey

 Suggested Endangered Species Day Activities

The type of Endangered Species Day activities that could help Girl Scouts meet Earned Award program requirements include:

*Participating in local community clean-up projects at wetlands, beaches, and other areas.

*Developing an exhibit and activities for a troop meeting, which the public could attend as well.

*Organizing an activity for Girl Scout Brownies (using various resource materials such as color/activity sheets, available from Endangered Species Day website: www.endangeredspeciesday.org).

*Organizing educational displays at libraries, community buildings, etc.

*Working with environmental organization (Audubon Society, Sierra Club) to promote Endangered Species Day events.

*Assisting with Endangered Species Day exhibits at zoos, museums, parks in your area

Resources

The Endangered Species Day website (www.endangeredspeciesday.org) offers a variety of resources to help with organizing an activity, including a special Toolkit that features information on How to Plan/Host an Event, stickers, bookmarks, coloring/activity sheets, signs, and a passport, many of which can be downloaded and printed. You will also find extensive background material on threatened and endangered species.

Register Your Event

You are encouraged to highlight your event/activity on the Endangered Species Day activity calendar. You can register your event on the website or  you can send the details to David Robinson, Endangered Species Day Director, at drobinson@stopextinction.org   

Supporting Organizations

In addition to the Endangered Species Coalition, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), numerous conservation, education, community and youth organizations have supported Endangered Species Day, including the Girl Scouts USA, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the North American Association for Environmental Education, the Garden Clubs of America, Sierra Club, the National Association of Biology Teachers, the National Science Teachers Association,  San Diego Zoo, Earth Day Network, National Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society and Defenders of Wildlife.

More Information

For resource material and more information, visit www.endangeredspeciesday.org

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