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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.


There's Still Time To Enter The 2021 Species On The Edge Art & Essay Contest!

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Deadline Extended To:

March 20, 2021

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!

One winner from each county in New Jersey will be selected. Open to all New Jersey fifth grade students.

The contest kit (including rules, species list, & entry form) should be downloaded below.

Click here for a detailed video with information about the contest for teachers and 5th grade students.


Entries are being accepted through March 20, 2021 by mail and online.
By Mail:

Mail your artwork, essay, and entry form to Conserve Wildlife Foundation, 450 Shrewsbury PLZ #110, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702.

Online:

Email a scan/digital photo of your artwork, essay, and entry form to Ethan.Gilardi@conservewildlifenj.org.

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.


We have changed the artwork size requirements so that students can use paper they are more likely to have at home.

Artwork can be as small as 8.5" x 11" and no larger than 12" x 18".


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Important Note About Species Selection

The New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife Endangered and Threatened Wildlife list can be found here.

All entrants must select a focus species from this list or the list provided in the contest kit.


PDF - Species On The Edge Contest Kit & Official Rules 2021

Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest Kit. Includes Official Rules, Species List, and Entry Form. (Updated 1/22/2021)


Download Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest Teacher Resources for Essay Development

Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest Teacher Resources for Essay Development - 5.9MB
Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest Teacher Resource Kit for Essay Development. Includes comprehensive unit and NGSS daily lesson plans which include pre-writing graphic organizers, Powerpoint presentations, grading rubrics, & other resources to help implement the contest into your curriculum.

Download Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest Teacher Resources for optional Art Project

Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest Teacher Resources for optional Art Project - 16.0MB
Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest Teacher Resource Kit for Optional Art Project. Includes comprehensive unit and National Core Standard visual art lesson plans which include Powerpoint presentations, classroom games, grading rubrics, & other resources to help implement the contest into your daily curriculum.

 

Past Winners of the Species on the Edge Contest

This STEAM-based contest enables 5th grade students to advocate for an endangered or threatened species from New Jersey through a well-researched, creative essay and original art piece. Check out the past winners of this contest since the beginning.

Species On The Edge - Testimonials

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

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.


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