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April 2020

National Park Week

April 18 - April 26

The National Park Service announced the annual celebration will still take place between April 18-26, with travelers virtually heading to the parks being able to participate in tours, scavenger hunts, trivia contests and junior ranger programs. National Park Week is a time to explore amazing places, discover stories of history and culture, help out, and find your park. Parks across the country host a variety of special programs and events with a focus on digital experiences in 2020. There are also special days…

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INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY WEEK

April 19 @ 12:00 am - April 26 @ 11:59 pm

International Dark Sky Week is a weeklong celebration of the night. It’s an opportunity for us all to consider the role of the night and its star-filled sky in each of our lives. This year, IDA is encouraging people around the world to come together online to celebrate the night and engage with authors, creators, scientists, and educators whose works have been vital to the movement to protect the night from light pollution.  CELEBRATE THE NIGHT – VIRTUALLY!

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City Nature Challenge

April 27 @ 12:00 am - May 3 @ 11:59 pm
City Nature Challenge

Thousands of people from across the globe will get outside to look for nature in their cities for the 2020 City Nature Challenge. If you ever wondered just how much nature we share our cities with, this is the event to get involved with! Nearly 160 cities got involved in the CNC in 2019, with the largest number of observations and species recorded in Cape Town, South Africa. Check the CNC website for more details on how you and your…

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May 2020

Garden for Wildlife™ Month!

May 1 - May 31
Your wildlife habitat garden!

    May is the perfect time to make your yard or garden wildlife-friendly. Whether you’re a gardening novice with a small balcony or a gardening veteran with a few acres, you can provide for local wildlife by creating a Certified Wildlife Habitat®.    

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World Migratory Bird Day

May 9
birds

    World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. It has a global outreach and is an effective tool to help raise global awareness of the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them. The 2020 World Migratory Bird Day conservation theme, Birds Connect Our World, focuses on the tracking technologies used to explore the routes of…

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Endangered Species Day

May 15
endangered species day

    Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions they can take to help protect them. Started in 2006 by the United States Congress, Endangered Species Day is a celebration of the nation’s wildlife and wild places. Every year on the third Friday in May (and throughout the month), zoos, aquariums, parks, botanic gardens, wildlife refuges, museums, schools, community centers, conservation groups and other…

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June 2020

World Environment Day

June 5

World Environment Day 2020 calls for urgent action to protect global biodiversity. With over one million plant and animal species facing extinction, society must take immediate steps to preserve the delicate ecosystems that support all life on Earth. Use hashtags  #WorldEnvironmentDay &  #TimeforNature! Learn more about biodiversity and why it is so important to the health of our planet! https://bit.ly/3bXLiCv

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August 2020

Playday

August 5

Playday is the national day for play in the UK, traditionally held on the first Wednesday in August. Playday 2020 will be celebrated on Wednesday 5 August. The theme for 2020 is  Everyday Freedoms Everyday Adventures. The Playday 2020 theme aims to highlight the importance of giving children and teenagers the freedom to play and have everyday adventures. As well as celebrating children’s right to play, the Playday 2020 campaign recognizes the impact of government restrictions and physical distancing on children’s mental…

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October 2020

National Wildlife Refuge Week

October 11 - October 17
bear with salmon

National Wildlife Refuge Week, observed the second full week of October each year, celebrates the great network of lands and waters that conserves and protects Americans’ precious wildlife heritage. Rediscover your nature at a national wildlife refuge. National wildlife refuges make our lives better in many ways: They protect lands and waters for beloved species such as bison and alligators. They offer world-class recreation such as fishing and paddling. They ease the impact of storms and flooding.

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Take Me Outside Day

October 21

Take Me Outside Day takes place on October 21st in 2020. It is an invitation to Canadian schools to extend the classroom beyond four walls and a desk and engage with school grounds and natural areas. Since its inception 9 years ago, more than 1 million students have participated in Take Me Outside Day. Commit to spending at least 1 hour outside with your class on October 21st. Help spread the word or share your stories and ideas on social…

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