Earth Calendar for February 15th and February 16th

Feb 15, 2013

Parents, teachers and scout leaders, tell your kids to start the drawing engines and participate in the annual Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest, an integral part of the eighth annual national Endangered Species Day, celebrated on May 17th.

  This year also commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act.  Started in 2006 by the United States Congress, Endangered Species Day is a celebration of the nation’s rarest plant and animal species. The Youth Art Contest provides students from kindergarten to high school with an opportunity to learn about threatened and endangered species and express their knowledge and support through artwork. Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2013.

This year, the Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest finalists will be judged by a prestigious panel of artists, photographers and conservationists, including Wyland, renowned marine life artist and Jack Hanna, host of Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild.  Winners will be chosen in four grade categories. The Youth Art Contest is organized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Endangered Species Coalition, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the International Child Art Foundation. For more information, including judging criteria and an entry form, visit the website.  The Youth Art Contest is an ideal platform to engage the next generation.  The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

On Our Calendar: 

Explore the murky waters of a vernal pool alive with swimming salamanders.  Search for amphibian eggs and insects while learning about the importance of these special wetlands. Woodland Mound at the Hedgeapple Trail, Saturday, February 23rd, 2:00 pm.  For more information visit