Celebrating National Wildlife Day
In 2005 – National Wildlife Day was founded to support and raise awareness about wildlife. There is certainly a focus on endangered wildlife, but all wildlife can be celebrated, protected, and enjoyed. We use the holiday to learn about animals, to take a field trip or two, and most of all to instill a love for learning and for wildlife in our children.
We want them to feel a responsibility to care for and protect the animals and the earth around them. We take part in local clean up efforts, donate to barrier island parks society and support educational efforts in our area.
You can get involved in your area by contacting local rescue centers, parks, and animal shelters to see what you can do to help. Often times your family can get involved by gathering & collecting supplies (such as used towels for animals shelters & rescue centers), collecting food, doing park clean up days or helping with fund raising events. It’s a great way to serve the community with your children. High school students may earn special credits needed for graduation with such volunteer work.
Take a trip to a local zoo, aquarium, or wildlife refuge to learn about & enjoy the wildlife this week in honor of National Wildlife Day. There are usually free parks somewhere nearby that will have walking trails or bike paths. Others have nature areas where you can view wildlife or take photos.
Favorite Florida Zoos & Aquariums (parks)
- Clearwater Aquarium to see Winter & take part in their celebration of wildlife. Whether you are local or not – you can adopt a sea turtle through their site here.
- Lowry Park Zoo – Tampa “the more to do zoo”
- Florida Aquarium – members of the AZA reciprocal program – see list
- Florida State Parks – check for special events & classes as well as visitor/nature centers
- Calusa Nature Center – (Ft Myers) Special speakers & naturalist tours
- Octagon Wildlife Center – (Punta Gorda) abandoned and abused exotic wildlife recovery center
- (I’m working on a comprehensive list of Florida Field Trip locations – please Pin or bookmark to check back)
Whatever you choose to do for National Wildlife Day – or to learn about wildlife any day – make it an educational adventure! Turn the day into a photography class, use notebooking pages with a clipboard, pack binoculars and a birding guide into a kids backpack to set off on an expedition.
Other Options to Celebrate National Wildlife Day
- Visit a local park to take a walk in the woods or trails – bring cameras, binoculars, sketch books, and notebooking pages to make the most of an educational wildlife experience.
Some of our favorite (free) local Southwest FL parks are listed below:
- Ceder Point Park – easy walking trails & nice little visitor center
- Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center – Alligator Creek Park walking trails & center
- Nature’s Classroom – Sarasota County
- Tippeecanoe – lots of walking trails
- The Learning Garden – native plants & waterfront park with picnic table (small park)
- Coral Creek Pier- fun little dock to fish off of or launch a kayak
- Englewood Beach – pier & beach park
- Cape Haze Pioneer Trail – paved & great for biking
- Boca Grande Fishing Pier
- Bayshore Live Oak park – by the water, paved walking, small history center
- Harbor Heights park – by the water, small dock, playground
- Ann Denver Memorial Park – skate, pool, trails & more
2. Go to a local wildlife rescue center – most small local places will go out of their way to accommodate interested parties.
6. Use a fun Wildlife Adventures Unit Study to learn about animals and includes all your homeschooling (besides math)
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See our Pinterest Boards for fun wildlife crafting ideas:
- Wildlife Adventures Sea Shells
- Wildlife Adventures Sand Dollars
- Wildlife Adventures Bald Eagles
- Wildlife Adventures Jelly Fish
- Wildlife Adventures Sea Turtles
- Wildlife Adventures Butterflies
- Wildlife Adventures Animals
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Round-up of Wildlife Printables
- Sea Turtle Life Cycle Freebie (elementary)
- Sea Turtle Phonics & Word Search (little ones phonics – grade 7 for word search)
- Sand Dollar Writing Prompts (all ages – letter Ss, print & cursive copywork, writing prompts)
- John J Audubon mini unit (multiple ages – family study)
- Sea Themed Preschool Pack (preschool)
- Shark week Printable Pack (multiple ages)
- Leaf Insect Math Pack (add, subtract, multiplication drills)
Beautiful Backyard Creatures – Notebooking Pages