What is World Wildlife Day?
Officially declared by the United Nations in 2013, World Wildlife Day is acknowledged each year on March 3 as a day for celebrating and raising awareness of the incredible wild animals and plants under threat and the benefits these species bring to the environment. This year, the theme is “Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration,” which aims to bring attention to some of the world’s most endangered animals and fauna and what we can do to conserve them.
So how can you celebrate this day with your students?
Below we’ve come up with some fun ways that your students can get involved in conservation efforts and help raise awareness of endangered species.
- Take part in our World Wildlife Day challenge and we’ll donate to the winner’s chosen animal charity!
To take part, simply download our free classroom poster that you can use as a fun activity with your students. This is a great way to get your students involved in conservation efforts and introduce them to the importance of campaigning. All you need to do is ask your students to pick an endangered animal that they would like to protect and fill in the boxes with a drawing of the animal, what it is, and why they chose it. Next, simply post pictures of your students’ posters on social media using the hashtag #TwigWildlifeDayChallenge. The competition closes on Sunday, March 10 and we’ll pick a winner to contact on the following day.
- Ask your students to keep a diary of the wildlife they encounter in a day.
If we look closely, we can see that wildlife is all around us wherever we go. From birds in the trees to insects and plants in the garden, we are surrounded by animals and plants that each contribute to our ecosystem. It’s easy for wildlife to go unnoticed, so why not ask your students to keep a diary noting all the different animals, flowers, and plants that they encounter in a day? For example, students can make a note of how a bird looks, sounds, and moves— and compare their findings with their classmates’. This is a fun and easy way to improve your students’ research and observation skills!
- Have your students build their own animal habitat.
This is a fantastic way for your students to spend time outdoors and see first-hand how habitats are crucial for wildlife to survive. If your school has access to a garden or local grounds, why not have your class source natural materials such as twigs, earth, and leaves to construct their own bird’s nest? Students can get creative and put their engineering skills to the test! Alternatively, students can build their own mini-habitat using a shoebox, where they can gather natural resources and see which animals come to visit!
- Become wildlife presenters!
Video creation is a visually engaging and fun way for students to demonstrate their knowledge. It’s also a perfect way to ignite your students’ interest in campaigning, as they can use Twig Create to make their own video on an endangered animal of their choice, and what we can do to help protect it. This activity can help develop your students’ research skills and boost their confidence by presenting their findings! Check out the Oregon Zoo and San Diego Zoo websites for helpful information your students can use in their videos.
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