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April 17, 1998
Contact: Madonna Luers, (509) 456-4073

Celebrate Wildlife Week with free kids' activity kits

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) invites teachers, youth leaders and parents to help children celebrate National Wildlife Week, Earth Day and Arbor Day with free activity kits available at regional WDFW offices.

The National Wildlife Federation, a non-profit organization, produces the kits of activities, posters and stickers that are distributed in this state through WDFW offices in Olympia, Montesano, Mill Creek, Vancouver, Yakima, Ephrata, and Spokane.

National Wildlife Week runs this year from April 19 to 25 with a theme of "Nature's Web: Caring for the Land."

Within the week are two other national environmental events:

  • Earth Day, on April 22, is the 28th annual celebration promoting conservation of the planet's natural resources, including fish and wildlife.
  • Arbor Day, on April 24, promotes tree planting.
"These coinciding celebrations are a good time for all of us adults and children to consider how we can care for the land and its fish and wildlife here in Washington," said WDFW environmental education coordinator Margaret Tudor. "It may be just a small thing, like planting a tree to shade a stream for salmon or allow a bird to nest someday. We all can do a little something in our world to leave it a little better."

Information about National Wildlife Week activities can be found on the Internet website www.nwf.org/wlifweek