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Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest
The 2016 Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest is now open!
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 January 31st.
- 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
Contest Kit 2016 - 621.8KB
Entry Form 2016 - 1.1MB
Species on the Edge Certificate - 156.4KB
Lindsay McNamara, Communications Manager
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2015 Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest Story Map
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Explore our online field guide that depicts over 170 species of rare wildlife in New Jersey and learn about how we are working to protect them.