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April 2024 
Hi Green Kids!

Welcome to the Green Kids Club Newsletter where you can keep up with the Green Kids Club happenings each month, learn some new things, and challenge yourself as a true Green Kid ambassador for the planet! 

Photo in honor of International Beaver Day!
Environmental Hero Update
Ian Michler
Ian Michler

We first interviewed Ian Michler for our Environmental Hero series in 2021. Ian is well-known for his roles as the lead character and researcher of the award-winning documentary "Blood Lions." Ian is best known for his tireless efforts in promoting wildlife conservation and responsible tourism practices in Africa. He has highlighted the terrible industry of predator breeding and canned hunting. Canned hunts are where animals are confined to an area and cannot escape while being hunted. Ian's work serves as an inspiration to individuals and organizations around the world.

You can watch the trailer of the movie here and watch the entire movie on through this link. We would encourage you to watch it if you can. We recently caught up with him about the politics associated with this issue and the challenges of making changes to this terrible industry. Click here to listen to Ian's update.  

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Summer Camp Opportunity
Cool Summer Camp Opportunity! 

Looking for a fun way to spend a few days this summer? We have it! Check out this video about Teton Science School's Summer Camps. We are looking for students (ages 13-16) interested in going to camp from June 16-June 19, 2024.  If you are interested in receiving a scholarship to attend, write us a one page letter telling us about you and why you would like to attend. Transportation from Idaho Falls and back to Idaho Falls will be provided. Submit your email to us by April 25 at Join us for this exciting adventure!
Featured Books

Yellowstone Wolves

We have been hard at work on TWO new books about wolves! The White Wolves of Yellowstone and The Wolf Matriarchs of Yellowstone National Park will be available later this year! They are co-written by wolf expert, Douglas Smith, and both feature illustrations from the amazingly talented former Disney animator, Andreas Wessel-Therhorn. Part of our proceeds will go to Wolves of the Rockies and Trap Free Montana. Stay tuned for information about pre-sales! 
Check out our books on Kindle and Amazon!
Stories We Have Been Following
Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse is a cool event that happens when the moon moves between the Earth and the Sun, blocking the Sun's light from reaching us. It turns day into twilight, and you can sometimes see the stars! A total eclipse is set to occur on April 8, 2024, where the moon completely covers the Sun, and it will get really dark in the middle of the day! This one will stretch from Texas all the way to Maine. Then, in 2044, on August 23, another total solar eclipse will occur, but it will only be visible in a few states, including Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota, not covering as much of the U.S. as the 2024 eclipse.

Even though the sun will be blocked it is very important TO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN without wearing special glasses. Here is a good article about how to use your phone to safely take pictures of the eclipse!
New Protections for Species
Recently, the current Presidential administration has reinstated important rules to safeguard endangered animals and plants. These measures include quicker protection for species newly considered at risk and ensuring that economic factors don't influence these decisions. This move aims to make it easier to protect critical habitats, even in areas where certain species might no longer live but historically did. The changes are seen as a significant step in addressing threats like habitat loss and climate change, benefiting diverse species and ecosystems. The updated rules emphasize science-based decisions to prevent further wildlife decline. Click here to read the article. 
Celebrate Earth Day 2024! The point of Earth Day is to raise awareness about environmental issues and encourage people to take action towards a sustainable future. To celebrate, you could:
  • Plant a tree
  • Clean up local parks or beaches
  • Eeduce personal waste by recycling and composting
  • Switch to renewable energy sources at home, or
  • Advocate for environmental policies in your community.
What are some other ways you could celebrate Earth Day?
April Animal & Environment Observances


  • Adopt a Ferret Month
  • National Frog Month (picture courtesy of Kids Press Magazine)
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

2024 Weeks:

  • National Wildlife Week - April 1-7, 2024
  • Bat Appreciation Week - April 7-13, 2024 (First Full Week of April)
  • Be Kind to Spiders Week - April 7-13, 2024 (First Full Week of April)
  • International Wildlife Film Week - April 20-25, 2024 
  • World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week - April 21-27, 2024 (Week that surrounds April 24th each year)

2024 Days: (Date Order)

  • National Ferret Day - April 2
  • World Rat Day - April 4
  • National Birding Day - April 6, 2024 (First Saturday of April)
  • International Beaver Day - April 7
  • National Farm Animals Day - April 10
  • National Pet Day - April 11
  • National Catch and Release Day - April 13, 2024 (Second Saturday in April)
  • Save the Elephant Day - April 16
  • Bat Appreciation Day - April 17
  • International Bat Appreciation Day - April 17
  • World Day for Animals in Laboratories - April 24
  • Marine Mammal Rescue Day - April 27
  • National Go Birding Day - April 27, 2024 (Last Saturday of April)
  • Save the Frogs Day - April 27, 2024 (Last Saturday in April)
  • National Animal Advocacy Day - April 30


Happy National Ferret Day! On April 2nd, we celebrate these playful and intelligent little animals. Ferrets are part of the weasel family and can live up to 10 years. They come in various colors like brown, black, white, or mixed. Ferrets are known as "little thieves" because they love to hide things. They were first kept over 2,500 years ago, mainly to hunt small pests. Even though they can be a bit mischievous and have a musky scent, ferrets make great pets because they're affectionate and can even be trained to use a litter box! Click here to learn more about the amazing ferret!

Featured Environmental
Wolf Connection
Wolf Connection prioritizes rescue efforts, providing sanctuary and enrichment for large canines to enhance human-animal bonds. Their empowerment initiatives use animal and nature experiences in education and retreats to boost self-esteem and personal growth. With a new ranch, they aim to extend their services, including residential facilities for youth and a retreat center, supported by generous donors and a dedicated team, emphasizing sustainable living with nature. They recently hosted our very own Sylvia Medina on their Wolf Connection Podcast!  Click here to listen, and for more details about Wolf Connection, visit their website.
April Book Giveaway
Every April we celebrate a week dedicated to freeing animals used in laboratory experiments. In honor of that, our book, Hope for Kareem, illustrated by the amazingly talented former Disney animator Andreas Wessel-Therhorn. If you haven't read this book, you should. It tells the story of Project Chimp and their heroic efforts to help chimpanzees. Email us and we will send free books to the first three people we hear from at
In Case You Missed It...

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