Like humans, elephants tend to stay in the same area as long as there is plenty of food and water to keep them comfortable. When they need to find new food and water sources elephants might roam large distances, which helps them stay in good physical condition.

Get your students moving by hosting a Walk-A-Thon Safari!They can gather pledges for each lap they walk, with the proceeds going to IEF.

Here’s what to do:

  • Identify a date and location for your Walk-A-Thon Safari. Some good locations are playgrounds, sports fields, or parks.
  • Contact IEF to officially notify us of your event and qualify for prizes: Sarah Conley
  • Download, the Powerpoint Walk-A-Thon Flyer and Walk-A-Thon Pledge Sheet (pdf), add your details, print, and distribute flyers and pledge sheets. For Fun, Download the What Kind of Elephant Are You? if your Walk-a-Thon involves laps and groups who want to walk together.
  • Promote your event using social media (create a Facebook event page, build a buzz on Twitter, etc).
  • Contact local news media and ask to be listed in upcoming events and community calendars.
  • Two weeks prior to the event: Students and participants gather pledges from supporters.They can pledge a dollar amount per lap the participant completes or a total amount if the participant follows through with the event.
  • Hold your Walk-A-Thon Safari!
  • Week after event: Participants collect money pledged from supporters and turn it into the teacher.
  • Donate proceeds to IEF.

Tips on holding your event:

    • Make it more like a safari: Have students make animal masks to wear while they walk.IEF has elephant masks you can print here, or design your own. Remember on an African safari you can see lions, giraffes, rhinos, hippos, zebras, cheetahs, elephants, and more!
    • Set up cones, balloons, or other decorations to delineate the path of the safari. Consider making themed signs pointing the way to different African countries or landmarks within a country (example: the national parks of Kenya: Tsavo, Masai Mara, and Amboseli).
    • At the start of the safari give each participant a notecard with his/her name on it. Have a responsible adult at the starting line who will mark off each completed lap on the participant’s card as they go around.
    • Encourage everyone to reach elephant milestones based on the number of laps they complete. Check out this suggested information. Put it on a poster at the event or on the lap tally cards.
    • Consider coordinating with local businesses to donate water, juice, and snacks for the event.

Create a playlist of fun, fast-paced, age-appropriate songs to play during the event, to inspire people to move.