Youth Art Contest & Endangered Species Day

The Endangered Species Coalition coordinates the annual Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest and Endangered Species Day.

2022 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest

Elementary, middle and high school teachers and their students are encouraged to participate in the 2022 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest, an integral part of the 17th annual Endangered Species Day, celebrated on and around May 20, 2022.

The Youth Art Contest provides K-12 students residing in the United States with an opportunity to learn about endangered animal and plant species and express their knowledge and support through artwork. Young artists who are home schooled and participate in youth groups are also eligible to submit their art. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2022.


Above is the 2021 art contest grand prize-winner, an illustration of the Crested Honeycreeper by Phoebe Chien.

Check out the contest details, including eligible species, submission criteria, and a special award structure. You will also see videos by art teachers that include lessons to help students acquire art skills, enabling them to enter the contest. This is especially important for those who may not have access to art education. 

Endangered Species Day

The 17th annual Endangered Species Day will take place on May 20, 2022.  Visit the Endangered Species Day website ( for further news. 

Endangered Species Day 2022 Announcement:


Endangered Species Day Background

Until 2020, zoos, aquariums, museums, botanic gardens, wildlife refuges, wetlands, parks, schools, community centers and a wide variety of conservation groups celebrated by holding tours, exhibits, presentations, habitat restoration projects, and children’s programs on Endangered Species Day and throughout May.

Disney-ES Day Exhibit 100_0912

Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, in 2020-2021 most of the activity was virtual-based. However, there was definitely a wide variety of educational and other programs for people to help recognize this important event, including those mentioned in the Save The Date flyer (above). It’s expected that Endangered Species 2022 will again include a mix of actual/on-site programs and activities, and a series of virtual events.

To learn more about how you can be involved in Endangered Species Day activities in 2022 and find an event near you, visit


In The News

From the May 2019 issue of Ranger Rick Magazine



What They Said

This is a sampling of the messages tweeted about Endangered Species Day 2019 by Senators, environmental leaders, celebrities and others:


Senate Resolution (2006)

Summary of the 2006 Senate Resolution that unanimously approved Endangered Species Day.

109th Congress, 2005–2006. Text as of Apr 05, 2006 (Resolution Agreed to).



2d Session

S. RES. 431Designating May 11, 2006, as `Endangered Species Day’, and encouraging the people of the United States to become educated about, and aware of, threats to species, success stories in species recovery, and the opportunity to promote species conservation worldwide.


April 5, 2006Mrs. FEINSTEIN (for herself, Mr. CHAFEE, Mrs. CLINTON, Mr. CRAPO, Mr. BIDEN, Mr. BYRD, Mr. FEINGOLD, Mr. REED, Ms. CANTWELL, Mr. LEVIN, Mr. LIEBERMAN, Mr. DODD, and Ms. SNOWE) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to

RESOLUTION Designating May 11, 2006, as `Endangered Species Day’, and encouraging the people of the United States to become educated about, and aware of, threats to species, success stories in species recovery, and the opportunity to promote species conservation worldwide.

Whereas in the United States and around the world, more than 1,000 species are officially designated as at risk of extinction and thousands more also face a heightened risk of extinction;

Whereas the actual and potential benefits derived from many species have not yet been fully discovered and would be permanently lost if not for conservation efforts;

Whereas recovery efforts for species such as the whooping crane, Kirtland’s warbler, the peregrine falcon, the gray wolf, the gray whale, the grizzly bear, and others have resulted in great improvements in the viability of such species;

Whereas saving a species requires a combination of sound research, careful coordination, and intensive management of conservation efforts, along with increased public awareness and education;

Whereas two-thirds of endangered or threatened species reside on private lands;

Whereas voluntary cooperative conservation programs have proven to be critical for habitat restoration and species recovery; and

Whereas education and increasing public awareness are the first steps in effectively informing the public about endangered species and species restoration efforts: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate–

(1) designates May 11, 2006, as `Endangered Species Day’; and

(2) encourages–

(A) educational entities to spend at least 30 minutes on Endangered Species Day teaching and informing students about threats to, and the restoration of, endangered species around the world, including the essential role of private landowners and private stewardship to the protection and recovery of species;

(B) organizations, businesses, private landowners, and agencies with a shared interest in conserving endangered species to collaborate on educational information for use in schools; and

(C) the people of the United States to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.


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