National Wildlife Week was first observed in 1938 under the name “National Wildlife Restoration Week”. Past spokespeople of National Wildlife Week include Walt Disney, Shirley Temple, and Robert Redford. Through fun and informative hands-on activities for students, families and adults, this annual celebration educates, inspires and enlightens the public about wildlife conservation issues and encourages them to
become environmental stewards.
Founded in 1936, National Wildlife Federation’s mission is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future. The organization is currently developing programs to counteract today’s “indoor childhood” by encouraging parents and other caring adults to help children spend more time outdoors everyday discovering the wonders of nature. Fun outdoor activities can be found at www.beoutthere.org.
During National Wildlife Week, National Wildlife Federation is calling on young people ages 12 to 18 make a difference for wildlife in their communities. Through environmental service projects started during
National Wildlife Week, March 19-25, and continuing until National and Global Youth Service Day, April 22, teens will address how we can help wildlife in our communities. Tips and suggestions are available online
Children of all ages are encouraged to participate in Wildlife Watch, March 19-25, 2012. Participants download a list of wildlife to observe in their backyards, neighborhoods, communities and other special
places. Observers also will be challenged to watch for designated endangered species in their locales. They will then report back by posting all their findings at www.nwf.org/wildlifewatch.
Pacha is so excited about National Wildlife Week that friend and green cartoonist Joe Mohr, drew an illustration of her with wildlife superhero David Mizejewski! David is is a naturalist, spokesperson and
media personality with National Wildlife Federation.
To find out what Pacha is doing to make a difference for wildlife, please visit pachaspajamas.com.
Illustration by Joe Mohr