Events and Celebrations

Join the annually held events, celebrations, and experiences taking place around the world that showcase the importance of nature and people taking action for conservation.

While the date varies around the world based on local conditions for tree planting, Arbor Day is celebrated throughout the United States on April 27 as a day to plant trees. Find your date and local activities along with various other ways to celebrate by visiting the website. There’s even a Carly’s Kids Corner filled with fun activities and education resources for children!

Earth Day is the world’s largest environmental movement, with more than 1 billion people participating in activities annually. Celebrated for almost 50 years, Earth Day works with more than 50,000 partners in 192 countries to encourage environmental democracy and advocacy. While the official day is April 22, campaigns and programs run year-long. Join 1 billion other people and take action today!

Formerly known as the World Water Monitoring Challenge, the EarthEcho Water Challenge is an international program running from March 22 (World Water Day) through the end of the year. The challenge builds public awareness of water-related issues while encouraging individuals to conduct monitoring of their local water bodies.

July 29 is recognized as Global Tiger Day. The WWF has organized several events and activities in various countries to raise awareness and support in their efforts to double the number of tigers in the wild. Get involved throughout the year (not just on July 29) and help the WWF reach their goal of doubling wild tigers numbers by 2022.

The National Park Service, with more than 400 sites across the United States that preserve the diverse ecosystems, wildlife, and resources that belong to all Americans, offers a variety of events and volunteer opportunities. Use the Find Your Park program to search for events near you. Fourth graders are able to receive a free pass to any National Park through the Every Kid in a Park Initiative, so be sure to take advantage of that wonderful opportunity! There’s even an ongoing photo contest, open to everyone (parental permission required for anyone under the age of 18).

The UN sanctioned International Day for Biodiversity, celebrated on May 22, aims to halt the loss of biodiversity around the world. 2018 marked the 25th anniversary of the Convention on Biological Diversity–a legal instrument ratified by 192 countries mandating the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity–and as such was the theme of this year’s International Day for Biodiversity.

Bringing awareness to all types of trees and woodlands, the International Day of Forests is celebrated on March 21. With a 2018 theme of “Forests and Sustainable Cities” this day is an exploration of how forests sustain humanity and how we can protect them in turn.

May 20 is World Bee Day. Pesticide use and other human activities are increasingly threatening pollinators. Bees are incredibly important to crop and flower production and caring for bees (and other pollinators!) is a vital step in fighting world hunger. Imagine a world without bees and take action to #SavetheBees.

‘Beat Plastic Pollution’, the theme for World Environment Day 2018, implores us to use less plastic in our daily lives. “If you can’t reuse it, refuse it!”

World Environment Day is the biggest annual event for positive environmental action and takes place every June 5. 2018’s host country India got to choose the theme and will be at the center of celebrations around the planet.

The theme and host country for 2019 will be decided soon, so stay tuned for more information.

World Migratory Bird Day celebrates bird conservation around the world, with a particular emphasis on migratory birds. Celebrating more than 5000 species in 73 countries, 2018 is the “Year of the Bird”. Check out the calendar to see what daily activities you can do to help birds. Originally celebrated on the second Saturday of May, it is now celebrated throughout the year in recognition that birds migrate at different times around the world.

Honor and celebrate the oceans of the world every June 8 with World Oceans Day. Find or plan an event around the globe and collaborate with others to protect and conserve our shared oceans. You can even join the Youth Advisory Council to help expand the reach and impact of their conservation efforts.

Celebrated around the world on May 23, World Turtle Day was started by the American Tortoise Rescue. An annual observance of all species of turtles and tortoises, the day encourages people to protect the disappearing turtle/tortoise habitats of the world.

Celebrated on March 22, World Water Day focuses attention on the importance of water. Each year a theme is chosen. The theme for 2019 has yet to be chosen, but 2018’s was “Nature for Water”, which encouraged exploration into nature-based solutions for 21st century water issues.

Focused on raising public awareness about the importance of wetlands, February 2 is celebrated as World Wetlands Day. The theme for 2018 was Urban Wetlands and their contributions to sustainable urban futures. Check the map for events local to you.

Celebrated on March 3,  World Wildlife Day draws attention to wildlife conservation efforts in countries around the world. Learn how to get involved and find events near you. For 2018 the focus was Big Cats. Stay tuned for the 2019 theme.

The 8th Youth Ocean Conservation Summit will unite more than 200 youth and adults from around the United States to empower young people with the knowledge and skills needed to launch their own local ocean conservation projects. It will also offer opportunities to network with both peers and marine conservation professionals. Featuring workshops, speakers, and discussions, the Summit will occur on December 1, 2018 in Sarasota, Florida. Registration will open Fall 2018.

Please stay tuned for more events coming soon!