A collage image of animals, including a bald eagle, digger bee, eastern gray treefrog, trout in sac fry stage and wood bison, and the Service's logo in the bottom left corner. Earth Day 2024. Credit: Kayt Jonsson/USFWS

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and learn ways you can engage to make a better planet for fish, wildlife, their habitats and people.

Since 1970, Earth Day has been observed around the globe each spring as a day to raise environmental awareness and involve citizens and communities in creating a cleaner, healthier world. Earth Day inspired the passage of the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act that today still play significant roles in protecting wildlife and their habitats.

Earth Day reveals a vulnerable planet and a need to protect and restore wildlife and habitat, respond to climate change, focus on equity and environmental justice and strengthen Tribal relations. These actions and more can be anything taken to improve our world.

We offer ideas from our programs and partners to help the planet and ourselves thrive. Earth Day reminds us that we all can take steps to help protect the environment, which touches the human spirit and contributes to human health and well-being.

Our Earth Day web pages feature educational tools and resources. You will find a host of fun and meaningful virtual and in-person activities and events from national wildlife refuges, fish hatcheries, ecological services field stations and partners. Through learning, we can reassess our current habits and develop new ones that are better for the planet.

On our Earth Day pages, you will find a range of easy to do activities. Contact your friends and family and discuss what you find! Check out our eco tips for easy ways you can protect our planet.

Get outdoors and take a walk around the block, explore new trails or go for a bike ride. Many nearby national wildlife refuges, greenspaces or areas in your local neighborhood allow you to connect with nature. Check out this quick read on top five ways to enjoy the great outdoors.

How do you pledge to help wildlife or connect with nature this Earth Day? Share your wildlife pledge with us by tagging or direct messaging @USFWS (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and join the conversation!

Earth Day remains a day to honor our planet and build a healthy environment for future generations.

2024 Earth Day message from Martha Williams, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Elementary school students learn how plants grow and the role of pollinators by planting a pollinator garden.
A pollinator garden in bloom. 
Fields of poppies
At the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we work every day toward a future where people and nature thrive in an interconnected way, and where every community feels part of and committed to the natural world around us.