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Planning Tips: Environmental Days of Recognition

August 18, 2013

When an educator is planning a year of environmental activities it can be good to know who else is studying or recognizing celebrations or plights at hand.

Therefore, I thought I would put together a quick list of recognized days which you as teachers can make note of in your planning. You could even make mention of some of these dates in your school newsletter or class website to make parents and colleagues aware.  No doubt, as you get closer to these events you will see  teachers, scientists, geographers and others talking about this on social media such as Twitter, Facebook or elsewhere. There will be great potential lesson plans, events and ideas leading up to the days mentioned below.

Some of the days or weeks on this list are international while others are national days so I encourage you to check into dates, themes and links regularly. This is not an exhaustive list – please feel free to let me know what I am missing.


Day(s) of Recognition


Sept 16 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
Last Week of Sept National Forest Week (Canada)
Last Week of Sept World Maritime Day


First Monday in Oct World Habitat Day
Second Wednesday in Oct International Day for Disaster Reduction
Oct 16 World Food Day


Nov 6 International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict


Dec 11 International Mountain Day




Feb 2 World Wetland Day


March  21 International Day of Forests
March 22 World Water Day
March 23 World Meteorological Day


Week of April 10 National Wildlife Week (Canada)
April 22 (often celebrated week prior & week after 22) Earth Day
End of April to early May Arbor Day (varies by Region)


Second weekend of May World Migratory Bird Day
May 17 Endangered Species Day (US)
May 22 International Day for Biodiversity


June 5 Environment Day
June 8 World Oceans Day
June  17 World Day to Combat Desertification  
June 21 National Aboriginal Day Canada

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