GRAY — Although National Endangered Species Day is Friday, May 18, the Maine Wildlife Park, Route 26, will celebrate the national event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, with the Endangered Species Coalition.

The coalition is a network of hundreds of conservation, science, education, religious, sporting, outdoor recreation, business and community organizations across the country united by their desire to save America’s endangered plants and animals. They represent a diverse group of activists and help their advocates to speak with one voice in support of endangered species protections. Together they are working to protect the nation’s disappearing wildlife and remaining wild places.

There will be endangered species tattoos for kids, coloring and activity books, opportunities to make “seed bombs” to plant at home for insect pollinators (like Monarch butterflies) and other informational resources to take home.

Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions they can take to help protect them. Started in 2006 by the United States Congress, Endangered Species Day is a celebration of the nation’s wildlife and wild places. FMI:

Those wishing may join a local organization known as the Sons of Norway to learn about Scandinavian countries and the wildlife and conservation practices that are similar to Maine’s.

Scandinavian culture will be represented by folks in full native dress demonstrating traditional activities like carving, rosemaling, weaving and Viking life.

There will be native food and “make-and-take” activities for children and adults, like building Troll, or “nisse,” houses.

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