National Wildlife Week Events

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Organizations across the United States are holding events leading up to and during National Wildlife Week to celebrate and make a difference for wildlife and water. They are holding stream and beach cleanups, tree plantings, fishing events, restoration events, water conservation festivals, classes and more.

Do you have a public event that you would like to list on this page? Please contact with details about your event.



March 25, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Hoopes Reservoir Hike, Meet at Ashland Nature Center, Hockessin, Delaware
Hike the eastern half of the scenic Hoopes Reservoir, closed to the public since the 1970s, during waterfowl migration with the Delaware Nature Society. The hike is a strenuous, 3-mile one-way route over rugged terrain. Register for the Hike. For more information call 302-239-2334. 

March 27, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Creatures of the Night, Fripp Island Community Centre, Fripp Island, South Carolina
Celebrated Lowcountry expert and licensed rehabilitator Nancy "Maude" Owen will fascinate you with tales of native bats and owls. There will be a "Meet 'n' Greet" at 6:00 p.m. Please bring a plate of nibbles to share. For more information visit, contact or call 843-441-2153.

March 29, 2014
Farring-Baybrook Park Tree Planting, Baltimore, Maryland
Join the National Aquarium, in partnership with TreeBaltimore and Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, as they clean up Farring-Baybrook Park, one of the largest open spaces in the city and part of the Masonville Cove watershed. Volunteers will be removing debris and invasive species as well as planting native trees. For more information visit the National Aquarium's Masonville Cove webpage, email, or call 443-386-8407.

March 31, 2014, entry deadline
Gone Fishin' Giveaway, Wildlife Nation (online)
To celebrate National Wildlife Week Wildlife Nation is holding a Gone Fishin' Giveaway from now until the end of March. Enter for a chance to win some great fishing gear. Learn how to join Wildlife Nation and enter the Gone Fishin' Giveaway.


Past Events

March 1, 2014
Broward County Waterway Cleanup, Broward County, Florida
Join thousands of volunteers in cleaning trash and debris from Broward County's waterways, rivers and canals. Visit to volunteer.

March 1, 2014
29th Annual Great Texas River Cleanup, San Marcos River, Texas
The world’s longest river cleanup, picking up trash along the entire length of the San Marcos River, hosted by the Texas Rivers Protection Association. For more information read the flyer or contact Tom Goynes,  See the entire calendar of events for the Texas Rivers Protection Association.

March 2, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Colorado River Volunteer Cleanup, McKinney Roughs Nature Park, Cedar Creek, Texas
For additional information email Patrick Olsen at See the entire calendar of events for the Texas Rivers Protection Association.

March 7, 2014, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fishing with a Ranger, Inks Lake State Park, Burnet, Texas
This free program is offered every week until April 25, 2014. For more information contact Sean Jones at or call 512-793-4689.

March 8, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Broward County Water Matters Day, Tree Tops Park, Davie, Florida  
A fun-filled day to educate Broward County residents about water conservation, featuring children’s activities, tips on water conservation and landscaping for water savings, and a giveaway of plants, trees and rain gauges. For more information visit the Water Matters Day webpage.

March 8, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Go Fish! Learn to Fish Event, Bastrop State Park, Bastrop, Texas
Families will learn the basic of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. For more information contact Bill Brooks at or call 512-581-0377.

March 10 (offered again on March 11), 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Learn to Fish!, South Llano River State Park, Junction, Texas
Learn how to fish in this free Junior Angler Class for ages 6 and up. For more information contact Bertha Schmalfeldt at or call 325-446-3994.

March 15, 2014, 8:00 a.m.
Beginners Bird Hike, Fairview-Riverside State Park, Madisonville, Louisiana
Join the interpretive ranger for an introduction to birding. Learn about the biology, diet and habitats of birds and how various birds have adapted to survive. Following the talk there will be a hike to identify species native to the area. For more information call 888-677-3247 or 792-4652 (locally).

March 15, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Keep Collier Beautiful Recycle Regatta, Sugden Regional Park, Naples, Florida
Children and adults race boats they’ve made of recycled materials, an event that highlights creative ways to reuse and recycle waste to help the environment. For more information visit, email, or call 239-580-8319.

March 15, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Family Fishing Event, Devil’s Lake (Regatta Park), Lincoln City, Oregon
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife staff and volunteers provide equipment, teach youth how to bait and cast, and help kids reel in their catch. Adults can get tips on basic rigging, fish identification and casting. For more information and listing of additional events see the Family Fishing Events page.

March 15, 2014, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Pelican Island Wildlife Festival, Riverview Park, Sebastian, Florida
The festival benefits the Pelican Island Refuge: "1st refuge in the nation." There will be live wildlife shows, bird tours, refuge tours, environmental exhibits, tood vendors, kayaking, boat tours to Pelican Island, an amateur photo contest, kids' educational activities, craft exhibits, historical reenactments, and more family fun. For more information visit the Pelican Island Wildlife Festival webpage or call 772-202-0697.

March 15-16, 2014
GO (Get Outdoors) Fish Weekend, Alabama Nature Center, Millbrook, Alabama
Enjoy catch-and-release fishing at the Alabama Nature Center. Fish for catfish and bream in the Upper Pond, or bass and bream in the Bullfrog Pond. For more information visit the GO Fish Weekend webpage. 

March 17, 2014
Bird House Building Contest, Nibley, Utah
The Blacksmith Fork Wildlife Association is hosting a Bird House Building Contest. Houses must be submitted by March 17th and will be judged during National Wildlife Week, March 17-23. Participants can sell their projects, take them home, or donate them to be placed in Nature Parks. Download the rules and information about age groups from the Nibley City website. 

March 17, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Full Moon Walk, Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Monroe, Louisiana
Join a guided walk looking for all things green for Saint Patrick's Day. Stay to watch the moon rise over the lake. For more information call 318-387-1114.

March 18, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
Harborside Chat Series, Nature Center of Cape May, Education Hall, Cape May, New Jersey
Pete Dunne, Director of Cape May Bird Observatory, will be speaking about his current and past writings on wildlife and nature. For more information contact the Nature Center of Cape May at or 609-898-8848 or visit the Nature Center of Cape May website.

March 19, 2014, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Trinity River Cleanup, River Legacy Parks, Arlington, Texas
For more information and to register, visit the Trinity River Cleanup webpage or email

March 19, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Kentucky Wildlife Program, Richmond Parks and Recreation, Richmond, Kentucky
Geoff Roberts, conservation educator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, will offer a Kentucky wildlife program with several animals to show and discuss with the participants, including a great horned owl. The event is free and open to the public and is geared towards children and families. For more information please call 859-623-8753 or email

March 19, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
March Madness Mascots at Risk, Gus' Bar and Grill, Richmond, Virginia
During March Madness National Wildlife Federation is releasing a report detailing the impacts of climate change on many of our favorite mascots. Learn more about the event

March 20, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Welcome Back Osprey, DuPont Environmental Education Center, Wilmington, Delaware
Celebrate spring migration and the return of osprey. View the spring migrant through binoculars, play an osprey game and read an osprey story. $8 for members, $14 for non-members. Register for the Welcome Back Osprey Event. For more information call 302-656-1490.

March 20, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Guided Nature Hike Along the Blackbird Creek, Blackbird Creek Reserve, Townsend, Delaware
Discover a hidden treasure trove of trails along Blackbird Creek. Join the Town of Townsend in celebrating National Wildlife Week by participating in a free guided nature hike. Join a naturalist as we hike along the creek and journey through wooded areas, meadow habitats and shrub areas. Bring your binoculars and be on the look-out for various bird species. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register call Town Hall at 302-378-8082.

March 20, 2014, 6:45 p.m.
Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time--film screening and discussion, Kenhill Center Multipurpose Room, Bowie, Maryland
City of Bowie Environmental Advisory Committee and the Bowie Gardens for Wildlife Habitat Team will host a free screening of the Emmy® award-winning film which explores Leopold's life in the early part of the twentieth century and the many ways people interpret and apply his “land ethic” ideas all over the world today.  After the film, viewers are encouraged to stay to reflect on Leopold’s ideas. For more information please contaact Joe Meinert at or 301-809-3047.

March 21, 2014, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Water We Looking For?, Hawthorn Park--Tupelo Shelter, Terre Haute, Indiana
Winter’s back has been broken and signs of spring are stirring. Bring your bucket, put on your mud-stomping boots and let’s get dirty. We’ll go on an easy hike around the lake to search for wildlife waking from their winter “sleep”. Free event. Registration required by 3/17/14. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information contact Amber Slaughterbeck at or 812-462-3392.

March 22, 2014, entry deadline
Wildlife Poster Contest, Nebraska (statewide)
Nebraska Wildlife Federation invites students in grades 4, 5 and 6 to take part in its annual poster contest. Winning entries will be honored at Wild Adventure Day on April 19 at Pioneers Park Nature Center in Lincoln. Wild Adventure Day, organized by Nebraska Wildlife Federation and Friends of Pioneers Park, is a free day of fun family outdoor activities. For poster contest entry details, visit the Nebraska Wildlife Federation website.

March 22, 2014, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Hike with a Ranger, San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, Jamul, California
Join a hike to the peak of McGinty Mountain with a ranger and special guest speaker Jonathan Snapp-Cook from the Carlsbad Fish & Wildlife Office. Topics covered will include unique soils and rare plants/habitats and the history of mining on the refuge. For more information see the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Activities webpage.

March 22, 2014, 8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Mentored Youth Trout Day in southeast Pennsylvania waters 
This is a special event for adult anglers and kids to fish together before the official opening of the trout season. For more information see the Mentored Youth Trout Day webpage. An additional Youth Trout Day will be held on April 5th for more regions in Pennsylvania.

March 22, 2014, 8:00 a.m.
Youth Fishing Rodeo, Wall Doxey State Park at State Park Lake, Holly Springs, Mississippi 
For more information contact Sherry Hazelwood at 601-656-7376 or Tom Holman at 601-432-2209. For information about additional Mississippi Youth Fishing Rodeo events download the Youth Fishing Rodeo Schedule.

March 22, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Petty's Island Clean Up, Petty's Island, Pennsauken, New Jersey
Help turn Petty's Island into a safe place for people and wildlife by removing trash and debris from the shoreline and woods. Children must be 12 and older to participate. Registration is required. To register or call 908-766-5787.

March 22, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
NOAA Ocean Discovery Day, NOAA Fisheries Service's Galveston Lab, Galveston, Texas
NOAA Fisheries Service’s Galveston laboratory and Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary are hosting the seventh annual Ocean Discovery Day open house on Saturday, March 22. The FREE family event will feature creative hands-on activities, crafts for the kids, cool science tools, a chance to meet some local sea turtles, explore coral reefs, and the opportunity to learn how to save dolphins. Visitors will also get to talk one-on-one to NOAA scientists at the lab, make their way through a sea turtle obstacle course and paint a mural! Some activities can also be used for credit towards Scout badges. NOAA’s Galveston lab is located at 4700 Avenue U in Galveston, Texas. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. For highlights from last year’s event please visit the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary website. 

March 22, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Chester County Waterfowl & Country Tour, Meet at Ashland Nature Center, Hockessin, Delaware
Tour Chester County's best waterfowl locations including several lakes, a fish farm, and a water treatment plant during the height of duck migration with the Delaware Nature Society. $20 for members, $30 for nonmbers. Register for the Tour. For more information call 302-239-2334.

March 22, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Illinois RiverWatch Network Training Workshop, Lewis and Clark Community College, Godfrey, Illinois
Train to become a citizen scientist and join the network of more than 750 volunteers throughout the state who monitor the water quality of Illinois streams. Workshops combine both lecture/classroom time with field training in a local stream. Registration is $50 per person and must be paid in advance of the workshop. Anybody can become a volunteer, but registrants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. To register for a workshop, contact Young at (618) 468-2784 or This is one of a series of workshops that will be held throughout the spring. Check theRiverWatch Network Training Workshop webpage for additional dates and information.

March 22, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Girl Scout Juniors Activities, Nature Center of Cape May, Cape May, New Jersey
Girl Scout Juniors are invited to this program to earn their 'Animal Habitats' badge with a series of activities and crafts, followed by a field investigation at the Cape May Point State Park. The cost is $15.00 per girl. To pre-register call 609-898-8848.

March 22, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Wonders of Water, Birmingham Zoo, Birmingham, Alabama
Join the Birmingham Zoo in recognizing National Wildlife Week by celebrating wildlife and water. Head out to Grandma’s Back Porch for a day full of fun crafts, children’s games, animal facts and information on various ways you can help save the planet. Don’t miss the chance to learn all about the importance of conservation, create your own water bottle bird feeder and so much more. Visitors of all ages are welcome to take part in this day full of wonder! The Wonders of Water event is included with the purchase of an admission ticket. For more information visit the Wonders of Water webpage or call 205-879-0409.

March 22, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Battlestar Backyardia--Battling the Alien Invaders Workshop, New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory Center for Research and Education, Goshen, New Jersey
This workshop, part of the Gardening for Wildlife Workshop series with Pat Sutton, will teach you how to recognize and deal with invasive species. This program will address key invasive plants, help you learn how to identify them, offer suggestions on how to control or remove them if they find theirway into your garden, and showcase lovely native alternatives. Valuable handouts will be provided. The workshop is $35 for members of New Jersey Audubon and $45 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Please call 609-898-8848 to register.

March 22, 2014, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
National Wildlife Week Celebration Franklin County, Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Salato Wildlife Education Center, Frankfort, Kentucky
There will be fun for the whole family during the Salato Center’s celebration of National Wildlife Week! Activities will include a guided wildlife hike, an interactive laser shot game that will test your hunting skills, and a “Meet a Critter” that will allow participants to get an up close and personal look at some of the center’s live animals. No registration is required and activities are free with general admission; $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 5-18, 4 and under free. For more information visit the National Wildlife Week Celebration Franklin County webpage or contact Geoff Roberts at 1-800-858-1549 x4498 or

March 22, 2014, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Walk with the Wildlife, Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Monroe, Louisiana
There will be guided nature walks, canoe trips, looking for macroinvertebrates in the pond, and a dedication ceremony for the new Butterfly Garden. For more information call 318-387-1114.

March 22, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Edible Wild Plants Class, Bob Jones Nature Center, Southlake, Texas
The cost is $50. For more information contact Mark Suter, Primitive Texas, or 979-777-3902.

March 22, 2014, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Black Bear Program, Cragin Memorial Library, Norton Room A, Colchester, Connecticut
DEEP Master Wildlife Conservationist Allen Petell  is providing a free educational program to the public on black bears in Connecticut and how Connecticut residents can co-exist with them. This program, celebrating Colchester's annual recertification as a Community Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation, was arranged in partnership by the Colchester Garden Club, Colchester Land Trust and the Cragin Memorial Library.

March 22, 2014, 3:00 p.m.
Wild Wonderful World of Worm Bins, Newcastle Library, Newcastle, Washington
Mary VonRanker, Master Composter and Recycler Eastside, will give a presentation on how and why composting and worm bins are one of the easiest wayas to recycle kitchen food waste, save energy, produce fertilizer, reduce community waste costs, and nurture a wildlife garden. The event is sponsored by the Newcastle Community Wildlife Habitat Program.

March 22, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Celebrate Water Heroes Dinner and Auction, The Cove Community Club, Normandy Park, Burien, Washington
The Environmental Science Center is having an evening of education, dining, shared purpose, fun and fundraising for programs that give children in South King County hands on experiences in the uniquely wonderful ecosystem we call home! For more information contact Jennifer Dumlao at or 206-248-4266.

March 17-23, 2014
Report Wildlife Sightings, Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District, Ohio
Join Soil & Water as we document what wildlife we see in the county by reporting wildlife sightings on the Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District Facebook page. We are espcially interested to record wildlife that we see in or near our waterways.

March 20-23, 2014, 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Nature Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival, Spring Hill, Florida
Celebrate the rush of migrating wings north along the Atlantic flyway over Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties during the 2nd annual Nature Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival. This four day event will feature a variety of programs, activities and field trips highlighting the special birds and wildlife along Florida's Nature Coast. Pre-registration is required for General Admission, all field trips, keynotes and programs. For more information visit the Nature Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival website or contact Andy Wraithmell at or 850-488-9453.

March 23, 2014, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wildlife Photography Tour, Meet at Ashland Nature Center, Hockessin, Delaware
Learn how to approach the photography of waterfowl, raptors and other animals in the wild with the Delaware Nature Society. Visit wildlife refuges loaded with wildlife and learn how to get the most out of your digital camera. $30 for members, $45 for non-members. Register for the Tour. For more information call 302-239-2334.

March 23, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Edible Wild Plants Class, Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA), Lewisville, Texas
The cost is $50. For more information contact Mark Suter, Primitive Texas, or 979-777-3902.



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