Pennies for the Planet

Pennies for the Planet is a nationwide campaign powered by kids collecting and saving spare change to help protect wildlife and their habitats in the United States.  We are currently collecting for Project Puffin, a project which restores puffin colonies on Eastern Egg Rock in Maine.

Kids who love animals have already raised over $100,000 for wildlife through Pennies for the Planet.  What's more important, though, is that Pennies for the Planet has sparked countless acts of generosity and conservation by children all across the country.  

Two Puffins, One with wings out
Steve Kress
Atlantic Puffins

History and Accomplishments:

Over the past five years, Pennies for the Planet has:

  • Raised $115,000 for wildlife
  • Engaged 57,000 kids
  • Supported Important Wildlife Conservation Areas  in 12 states
  • Helped Florida Panthers, Atlantic Puffins, Greater Sage-Grouses, Western Snowy Plovers, Sandhill Cranes, Monarch Butterflies, Least Terns, birds and wildlife of the Arctic Ocean in Alaska, shorebirds and sea turtles in North Carolina, and more!

Here's why this project needs your help: 

Project Puffin was founded by Audubon scientist Steve Kress in 1973 in an effort to restore puffin colonies to their historic nesting islands in the Gulf of Maine.  Dr. Kress documented that after decades of people hunting the birds for food or their feathers, there were only two colonies of puffins in Maine.  Project Puffin fostered these colonies by moving young puffins from Newfoundland to one of the nesting islands, Eastern Egg Rock.  Today, thanks to the efforts of Project Puffin, there are more than 1,000 pairs nesting in Maine.  

Pennies for the Planet Text Box

Despite this remarkable recovery, puffins need our help. Puffins are not endangered, but they are threatened by human activities and are still rare in many areas where they were once abundant. Overfishing is one of the biggest threats to puffins because it reduces their available food supply.  Some scientists are also concerned about the impacts of global climate change on seabird populations.

Puffin in Flight
Project Puffin
Atlantic Puffin



Fun Fact: Did You Know?

For most of their lives, puffins live at sea. They hunt fish, using their wings to "fly" underwater and their feet to steer. The average catch for a puffin is around 10 fish per trip, but the record in Britain is a whopping 62 fish at once!

Are you hungry to help?

Follow our Step-by-Step guide to get started!