Educating children about how humans and animals co-exist in this world is an important mission of animal welfare organizations. One organization that does a great job teaching kids about the plight of America's wolves is the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, N.Y.

My company, PRAI Beauty, is pleased to support the free Family Walk to Protect America's Wild Heritage on Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation at 6 Reservation Road in Cross River, N.Y. The event is sponsored by the Wolf Conservation Center and National WolfWatcher Coalition.

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This event is one of hundreds around the country scheduled as part of the National Day of Action to Support Wolf Recovery. U.S. Fish and Wildlife's proposal to remove federal protection for nearly all gray wolves nationwide, except for the Mexican gray wolf, means these magnificent animals will no longer be an endangered species. This will be a disaster for the gray wolf, which will once again be hunted down and killed. Aug. 14 was chosen as a day of action for the wolves because the public can contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about the delisting proposal for wolves through Sept. 11. I urge you to contact and indicate that you want the gray wolf to continue to be protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Kids will love participating in the Wolf Conservation Center's free event. There will be a hike through the woods with clues along the way about how important wolves are to the ecosystem. Barnyard Mysteries promises to be a great game that the kids will play to determine how wildlife and livestock can best co-exist. Alyssa Grayson, a 13-year-old WolfWatcher, give a talk about her work on behalf of wolves. Alyssa won the Kind Kid Award from the Humane Society of the United States.

Perhaps best of all, ambassador wolf Atka will be on hand to lead everyone in a group howl. Children will collect raffle tickets during the day's activities that can be exchanged for great prizes. There will also be crafts, face painting and an opportunity to make your own wolf mask.

At the end of the day, all participants will receive a certificate reflecting the child's name, age and address and certifying that he or she completed a walk for America's wolves. The Wolf Conservation Center will send a copy of each certification to Washington, D.C., in support of the gray wolf.

I know that this will be a fun event for kids. While registration is not required, the Wolf Conservation Center would appreciate hearing from you if you plan to attend. Please email or call 914-763-2373.

Cathy Kangas is a member of the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of the United States. She can be reached at