Governor Mitch Daniels proclaimed March 15-21st as National Wildlife Week in Indiana. To celebrate the week, the Indiana Wildlife Federation is launching an online contest called What’s in Your Wild Backyard? on March 15th.
National Wildlife Week is an annual celebration of nature and the environment started by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) in 1938. Each year, the Indiana Wildlife Federation, an independent, NWF-affiliated organization, designs a contest for Indiana’s children.
This year, the Indiana Wildlife Federation is launching an online quiz focusing on backyard habitats.
First through fifth graders will have the chance to learn and answer questions about plants and animals they might find in their backyards. Questions will focus on the four different components of habitats: food, water, shelter, and a place to raise young.
Studies show kids are spending half as much time outdoors as they did 20 years ago. Today’s kids spend 6.5 hours a day plugged into electronic media. In a typical week, only 6% of children ages 9 to 13 years old play outside by themselves.
IWF hopes the contest will inspire kids to discover the wildlife in their backyards or favorite parks. At the end of the contest, we will challenge each child to go outside and try to find the plants, animals, and habitat elements we highlight throughout the quiz.
What’s in Your Wild Backyard? will continue after National Wildlife Week (March 15-21) until Earth Day on April 22nd.
Each child who finishes the quiz, and lives in Indiana, will have a chance to win a number of special prizes. We will announce and notify our winners at the annual Earth Day Indiana celebration on April 24th.
Visit www.indianawildlife.org/wildlife/whats-in-your-wild-backyard/ for more details, or go directly to the contest here: www.iwfquiz.info.
A generous grant from the Huff Animal Protection Trust has made this contest possible.