Scarlett’s Superstars

By Anne Cissel
Kids like you can make a difference for wildlife and the environment. Meet some inspiring young heroes who have turned their love of animals into action! 

Do you have a story to share about helping wildlife and the environment? Email us at We love hearing everyone’s stories, but we are able to feature only a few of them. All submissions become the property of the National Wildlife Federation.



Kate Gilman Williams, Author of Let’s Go on Safari

When Kate was 7 years old, her family took her on a safari in Africa. She was amazed by the rhinos, elephants, and other animals she saw. She learned that many of them struggle to survive when people take over their habitat. Kate knew she had to do something. LEARN MORE ABOUT KATE!


JP Mackey, Bumble Bracelets

Bees are incredibly important. Without their pollinating power, many flowers, vegetables, and fruits wouldn’t exist! Unfortunately, pesticides, habitat loss, and disease threaten bees’ survival. JP Mackey, 13, of Reston, Virginia, wanted to help. LEARN MORE ABOUT JP!


Justin Sather, For the Love of Frogs

Have you ever had an idea that seemed too big to become a reality? Well, meet Justin Sather. His idea was pretty huge: Find a way to help frogs all over the world survive. LEARN MORE ABOUT JUSTIN!



Asha and Jia Kirkpatrick, Orangutan S.O.S

Two sisters in England, Asha and Jia Kirkpatrick, watched a news show about threats to orangutans. They found out that a large cereal company still used palm oil from the plantations that destroyed rainforests. The girls started an online petition asking the company to stop doing business with these plantations. LEARN MORE ABOUT ASHA AHD JIA!



Sophia Spencer, #BugsR4Girls

Sophia Spencer’s love of bugs began when she was just two years old. When she and her family were visiting a butterfly sanctuary one day, a blue butterfly landed on Sophia’s shoulder. The little creature seemed happy with Sophia—so much so that a guard had to carefully remove it when Sophia’s family was ready to go home! LEARN MORE ABOUT SOPHIA!


Anna Du, Trash Detector

A few years ago, 12-year-old Anna Du was looking for sea glass and pretty shells at the beach near her home in Massachusetts. But every time she stopped to pick up something colorful from the sand, she realized it was plastic trash! LEARN MORE ABOUT ANNA!

Addy Barrett, Ape for Gorillas

What would you do to help save an endangered species? Would you let someone throw a pie in your face? How about a whole bunch of pies? That’s what 12-year-old Addy Barrett did—all to help protect mountain gorillas. LEARN MORE ABOUT ADDY!



Genevieve Leroux, Butterfly Hero

Genevieve Leroux is a hero to monarch butterflies. And it all started with Ranger Rick! LEARN MORE ABOUT GENEVIEVE!

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