Endangered Species Day

Celebrate 16th Annual Endangered Species Day on May 21st, 2021

Every year on the third Friday in May, thousands of people around the world participate in Endangered Species Day by celebrating, learning about, and taking action to protect threatened and endangered species. This global day of action and celebration was created and founded by David Robinson and the Endangered Species Coalition in 2006, and has continued ever since. 

On Endangered Species Day, wildlife refuges, zoos, aquariums, gardens, schools, libraries, museums, community groups, nonprofits, and individuals hold special programs or events for people of all ages. Due to the global coronavirus crisis, the programs organized for Endangered Species Day 2021 will primarily be online events, digital actions, and remote activities. 

Find out how you can be a part of this historic day below! Please note more featured events will be uploaded in February 2021.

Featured Events

Learn more about the law that saves species from extinction and the work being done to protect it. Join us on Friday for a Virtual Briefing in Celebration of the 16th annual Endangered Species Day: Friday, May 21st Time: 1:00 PM- 2:30 PM ET

RSVP for the Friday may 21st briefing

Get creative on Endangered Species Day by joining our our all-ages chalk art event from May 21st to May 23rd. You can participate from anywhere in the world! Join for fun or enter our chalk art competition, where we’re giving away more than $300 in prizes.

Learn more about the chalk art event

On Saturday, May 22nd, join the worldwide Pollinator Party! The Pollinator Party is a chance to get outdoors, spend time in nature, and identify pollinator species, native plants, or other species in your community with the app iNaturalist.

Learn More about the pollinator party

Event Map


Use these resources to plan an exciting Endangered Species Day! Check out a list of event ideas and our step-by-step guide to planning a successful event in the Toolkit for Event Planners. Find endangered species lesson plans and lesson materials in the Educator’s Toolkit, and ideas for youth-focused events and activities in the Toolkit for Youth and College Students. Pick out good book about endangered species from our Suggested Reading, TV, and Films list, or pick a movie and host a film screening in your community.

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