Five Ways to Celebrate National Wildlife Week March 18-24

What do black bears, flying squirrels, cicadas and humans all have in common? We all need trees!

It's the 75th annual National Wildlife Week this week, hosted by the National Wildlife Federation. This year's theme is "Branching Out for Wildlife" and we're celebrating trees and their importance to wildlife and people.

Check out this infographic to learn how trees help wildlife, then get five tree-related ways you can celebrate National Wildlife Week below.


National Wildlife Week is National Wildlife Federation's (NWF) longest-running education program designed to teach kids about wildlife and nature and to inspire interest in spending more time outside. Each year, we pick a theme and provide fun and informative educational materials, curriculum and activities for educators and caregivers to use with kids.

Here are five ways to celebrate:

1. Plant a Tree
The simple act of planting a tree restores wildlife habitat, cleans the air, helps cool your city, absorbs stormwater runnoff and adds beauty. Join a tree planting event in your community and get involved.

2. Teach About Trees
Download lesson plans, posters, trading cards and other curriculum and activities perfect for families to explore "tree"-mendous wildlife species.

3. Create a National Wildlife Week Mega-Poster
This year, the National Wildlife Week poster series can be combined into one big poster. Assemble and hang yours today!

4. Host a Tree Planting Event
To mark the 75th Anniversary of National Wildlife Week, our goal is get 75,000 trees in the ground. Coordinate a tree-planting event in your community this spring to help us meet that goal. National Wildlife Federation will provide the trees--you provide the kids.

5. Donate to Tree Planting Events
NWF is planting trees all around the country. In order to hit our goal of planting 75,000 trees, we need help filling the NWF tree bank to have enough trees to supply to events.

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