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Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest

2016 Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest Judging to Begin

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Celebrating 12 years! Since 2003, over 10,000 children from across New Jersey have entered the Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest. It is a great way to engage and excite fifth graders into learning about New Jersey’s over 80 endangered and threatened wildlife species.

By creating artwork and writing essays about New Jersey’s wildlife, the children work as wildlife biologists. They may not see the animal but they researched it – what it looks like, where it lives, and what are the threats to its future. It encourages students to learn about local environmental issues; express their concerns for the world around them; think creatively about ways to improve it; and to consider how their actions impact the natural world. Because of this contest, children have a better understanding of the wildlife and habitats of New Jersey and what we need to do to keep them in our future.

  • It is open to all New Jersey fifth graders in public, private, or home schools. The contest opens each year on October 1st and closes on Monday, February 29, 2016.
  • Judging takes place in March. Winners are notified by the end of April.
  • Educators praise the contest for encompassing inter-disciplinary teaching using science, language arts, computer technology, art, and geography

Download Contest Kit 2016

Contest Kit 2016 - 621.8KB
Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest Kit 2016

Download Entry Form 2016

Entry Form 2016 - 1.1MB
Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest Entry Form 2016

Download Species on the Edge Certificate

Species on the Edge Certificate - 145.9KB
Download and print the 2016 certificate of participation for each of your students.


Stephanie DAlessio, Director of Education

Species on the Edge Circle of Winners Club

Open to all past and current winners of the Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest, the Circle of Winners Club will offer unique access to upcoming wildlife events, academic and professional networking, merchandise discounts, and up-close and personal wildlife experiences.

Species On The Edge - Testimonials

Testimonials from educators about the Species on the Edge Contest. Submit your own testimonial.

Past Winners of the Species on the Edge Contest

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2015 Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest Story Map

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View the winning entries in CWF's 2015 Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest as well as which schools from New Jersey participated.

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Our Species

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Explore our online field guide that depicts over 200 species of rare wildlife in New Jersey and learn about how we are working to protect them.