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Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest Deadline Extended to March 20, 2021

Thursday, January 28th, 2021

by Ethan Gilardi, Wildlife Biologist

The deadline for the Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest for New Jersey 5th grade students has been officially extended until March 20, 2021!

The deadline extension comes along with other rule changes made in an effort to make entering the contest easier for students in a virtual or hybrid learning environment. We understand that students may have trouble mailing their art to us from home, so we are also opening Species on the Edge to online submissions!

Students can now send us scans or digital photos of their artwork, their essays, and completed entry forms to us by email!


Email a scan/digital photo of your artwork, essay, and entry form to

By mail:

Mail your artwork, essay, and entry form to…

Conserve Wildlife Foundation,

450 Shrewsbury PLZ #110,

Shrewsbury, NJ 07702.

More info about contest entry can be found in the contest kit linked at the end of this post and on the Species on the Edge Art & Essay webpage.

Contest winners who have submitted their artwork electronically will receive an envelope with prepaid postage to mail their artwork to CWF for inclusion in our calendar and statewide exhibitions.

There are also new artwork size requirements. These changes are being made so that students can use paper they are more likely to have at home. Artwork can now be as small as 8.5″ x 11″ and no larger than 12″ x 18″.

We hope the extra time and rule changes makes it easier for everyone to enter Species on the Edge 2021!

Any questions or comments can be sent to

The Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest empowers 5th grade students to advocate for an endangered or threatened species from New Jersey through a well-researched, creative essay and original art piece.

Simple, Fun, and Free to Enter!

Students may enter the contest with their class, or on their own.
One winner from each county in New Jersey will be selected.

Open to all New Jersey fifth grade students.

Meet the 2020 Species on the Edge 2.0 Contest Winners

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Congratulations to the winners of Conserve Wildlife Foundation’s Species on the Edge 2.0 social media contest for New Jersey high school students.

Students from all over the state took part in the contest by creating a series of social media posts focusing on one of New Jersey’s vulnerable species. The contest gives students the chance to use their social media skills, and knowledge of wildlife biology, to help imperiled species.


Social Media Contest for High School Students

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

New Jersey High School Students Invited to Speak Up for Wildlife – and win prizes – in the Species on the Edge 2.0 Social Media Contest

High school students from across the state are invited to put their meme making skills and social media savvy to work for wildlife. 


Species on the Edge 2.0 Contest Winners Announced

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019
Species on the Edge 2.0 2019 Contest Winners
From left to right: Carisa Mainiero and Stephanie Dalessio, CWF;
contest winners Ashley Laveriano, Katie Barcheski and Mayley Rodriguez; Maria Spina, PSEG Foundation; and David Wheeler, CWF

Sometimes the path to the wilderness starts with a screen. For teens growing up in New Jersey, the most densely populated state in the country, connecting with nature can seem a bit unnatural. Smartphones, tablets, computers these are all a part of everyday life, but bald eagles, diamondback terrapins, or bobcats can seem like creatures from a different world. 

The Species on the Edge 2.0 contest, a statewide educational competition open to all high school students, bridges these two worlds to inspire the next generation of wildlife lovers and conservation leaders.

In celebration of these future leaders, Conserve Wildlife Foundation and contest sponsor PSEG Foundation recently presented the winners of  the fourth annual Species on the Edge 2.0 contest, with scholarships at a ceremony at PSE&G headquarters in Newark.


Courier Post: Wildlife-loving NJ students can win up to $1,000 in scholarship money

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

Story By: Sheri Berkery, Cherry Hill Courier-Post

A barn owl hatched in captivity in 2008 is among the residents at Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge in Medford. (Photo: File photo, Courier Post)

The Conserve Wildlife Foundation invites high schools students from across the state to submit an original social media campaign showing the importance of protecting rare wildlife in New Jersey. The “Species on the Edge 2.0” contest is in its fifth year and sponsored by the PSEG Foundation.

Do you have a teen who loves animals and getting out in nature?

You might want to encourage him or her to spend more time on the phone — at least for one specific project.

The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey is inviting high school students from across the state to participate in a social-media contest to win scholarship money.

The “Species on the Edge 2.0” Social Media Contest encourages teens to leverage their digital knowledge for the chance to win prizes.