The celebration of Wildlife Week in Nebraska dates back to the 1970’s, and is Nebraska Wildlife Federation’s oldest wildlife education program.
Each year, the Federation helps teachers understand and educate their students about Nebraska wildlife. We also sponsor a Grades 4-5-6 Wildlife Week Poster Contest each year, honoring some of the best young wildlife artists in our state.
In 2018, poster contest entries must be in our office by Friday, March 30; and winners will be honored Saturday, April 28, at Lincoln Earth Day at Union Plaza in Lincoln. See the official Wildlife Week Poster Contest Rules 2018.
The theme for Wildlife Week Nebraska 2018 is Nebraska’s Endangered and At Risk Species. It promotes awareness of the numerous animal, bird, and plant species at risk in the state due to loss of habitat or other factors. To check out ideas for relevant curriculum activities try Introduction and At-Risk Animals and At-Risk Games and Activities. Other ideas are available through Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Program.
National Wildlife Federation also celebrates Wildlife Week each year. National Wildlife Federation provides educator resources on the NWF web site. Those materials typically include classroom activities and information.
Help us celebrate Wildlife Week Nebraska!
In 2017, our Wildlife Week Nebraska theme was Rivers of Nebraska, celebrating Nebraska rivers and the fish and wildlife that depend on them.
In 2016, our Wildlife Week Nebraska theme was Magnificent Monarchs! and celebrated the amazing journey of monarch butterflies between the US and Mexico and the things people in Nebraska can do to help them.
In 2015, our Wildlife Week Nebraska theme was Wildlife on the Prairie, and celebrated the prairie that once covered nearly all of Nebraska, and the many wildlife species that depend on prairie.
In 2014, our Wildlife Week Nebraska theme was Wildlife and Water, celebrating rivers, wetlands, and the Nebraska fish and wildlife that live there.