Joe Wheeler State Park

National Wildlife Day Hike

Event Dates:
September 4, 2021, 10:00 am
September 4, 2021, 11:30 am
National Wildlife Day Hike

America marks National Wildlife Day on September 4. It’s an opportunity for everyone to step back, take a deep breath and think about all that surrounds us. It's inspiring to consider preservation and conservation efforts that work to improve the natural world. Join Joe Wheeler's Park Naturalist for a fun-filled nature hike through are beautiful trails and learn about some of our park's wildlife!

Where: Champion Tree Trail (Trail head located at the end of the JWSP Lodge parking lot)

When: September 4th @10:00 am

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National Wildlife Day Timeline:

March 1, 1872: President Ulysses S. Grant signed the law establishing Yellowstone as America's first national park - and the first national park in the world.

September 27, 1962: American biologist and conservationist Rachel Carson published "Silent Spring," documenting the adverse effects of pesticides on the environment.

December 28, 1973: President Nixon signs the Endangered Species Act, protecting threatened species from extinction.

2006: Colleen Paige created National Wildlife Day in honor of the late wildlife conservationist Steve Irwin - the famed "Crocodile Hunter".


Why National Wildlife Day is Important:

1.) We need a breather: Many of us are occasionally encouraged to "think outside the box." But how often do we acknowledge that "the box" is more than just a mental construct? It's physical too. Nature and wildlife remind us that it's important to spend some time getting outside!

2.) Wildlife is life-affirming: We admire wild creatures and the environment in which they live for a very simple reason: they remind us that each of us is tasked with finding the right balance between ourselves and the world we inhabit.

3.) It inspires us to do good: National Wildlife Day reminds us of the alarming numbers of endangered animals and habitats, and it encourages us to advocate for preservation and conservation efforts.