National Wildlife Week - Changes Annually
(Last Updated On: November 9, 2022)


Every year, National Wildlife Week brings events to young conservationists as part of the longest-running program of the National Wildlife Federation. The broad range of educational activities increases awareness and promotes the conservation of North America’s most at-risk wildlife and habitats.

Every member of the family will celebrate this week. Wildlife lives all around us. The creatures may be in the earth below our feet or in the trees shading our heads. Wherever they are, wildlife continues to be a vital part of every environment.

The week offers the chance to learn more about the animals native to North America, their habitats, and how to help them thrive. There are numerous ways to participate. Whether through your school or our national parks system, get involved no matter your interests! The week also promotes conservation, preservation, awareness of endangered species, species native to your state, and investigating disappearing habitats.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalWildlifeWeek

  • Browse the National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Guide.
  • Research threatened and endangered species in your state.
  • Start your search online with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, then develop an action plan that will support the species’ habitat needs.
  • Volunteer to remove invasive species from local parks. Invasive species can decimate wildlife habitats.
  • Use #NationalWildlifeWeek to share your adventures on social media.


Since 1938, the National Wildlife Federation has been sponsoring National Wildlife Week, their longest-running program. Take a look at the inspiration and history behind the program:

  • 1934 – The U.S. Biological Survey (predecessor of the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service) appointed cartoonist Ding Darling as its head and began the Duck Stamp program using art to promote conservation.
  • 1938 – National Wildlife Week begins.
  • 1959 – The National Wildlife Federation’s friendly cartoon character Ranger Rick was born.
  • 1963 – The Conservation Hall of Fame inducted Theodore Roosevelt as its first honoree.


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