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Species on the Edge 2.0 High School Learning Challenge

Are you ready to make a difference? We know you can! Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey invites all students in New Jersey, grades 9 through 12, to participate in the 2024 Species on the Edge 2.0 Contest.

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What is the Species on the Edge 2.0 Contest all about?

This challenge will help students learn how to protect and preserve rare and at-risk wildlife that live, breed, and migrate through New Jersey. You will be surprised to learn how many species are currently “on the edge” and endangered here in the nation’s most densely populated state. This fun and engaging project will allow you to collaborate with your peers as you journey together to create real-world solutions to keep wildlife safe. This year, students will work in teams and, when presented with several different scenarios, will select a role such as research scientist, citizen scientist, engineer, policy maker, investigative reporter, college professor, director of a non-profit organization, or environmental artist. Students will construct a video to bring awareness and educate the public about endangered species and their environments.

The contest also helps students develop skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM), environmental advocacy, design thinking, social and emotional learning, teamwork, critical thinking, and project management. Entry to the contest is free and offers students and facilitators the opportunity to win cash prizes!

Student prizes

  • 1st place wins $2,000
  • 2nd place wins $1,000
  • 3rd place wins $500

Facilitator prizes

  • 1st place wins $750
  • 2nd place wins $500
  • 3rd place wins $250


⚠️ Important dates: Information session will be held on February 28th at 3PM. Registration date extended to March 15, 2024 and completed videos must be submitted by April 5, 2024. ⚠️


Thank you to everyone who joined us on February 28th at 3:00 PM for an informational session on the Species on the Edge 2.0 Conservation Challenge. High school teachers and students are welcome to join us to learn about how they can win cash prizes while helping to protect rare and at-risk wildlife that live, breed and migrate through New Jersey.

>> Download the official rules and instructions

>> Submit your Species on the Edge 2.0 Contest video using this form (DEADLINE - April 5, 2024)


Stephanie DAlessio, Email

Cell: 908-447-1800

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