NEW JERSEY HAS MORE THAN 70 ENDANGERED SPECIES. TO HELP GENERATE AWARENESS ABOUT THEM, THE CONSERVE WILDLIFE FOUNDATION (CWF) BEGAN THE SPECIES ON THE EDGE ART & ESSAY CONTEST.
Since 2003, 10,000 fifth graders have entered the contest. “This is a great grade to introduce children to endangered species,” explained Liz Silvernail, director of development for CWF. The children research an animal for the contest, which complements state curriculum.
SPECIES ON THE EDGE
The contest was started to create awareness about endangered wildlife in New Jersey. The children learn what their species looks like, where it lives, and the threats to its future. “It’s a great way to get them engaged in the environment ... Then they feel responsible for taking care of it,” shared Silvernail.
A panel selects one winning entry from each New Jersey county. The winning work is published as a calendar, and the artwork travels on display to help generate interest in endangered wildlife.
Schools use Species on the Edge as a learning component because it crosses many disciplines. However, Camden County has had the fewest entries in the past. With support from Subaru of America Foundation, CWF will target Camden County youth through schools, libraries, and after school programs to get them involved.
CWF works to preserve rare species of wildlife in New Jersey. The foundation researches species and natural communities; restores habitats to be productive for wildlife; and engages partners to help CWF be effective and efficient in the use of natural resources.
For more information about CWF, go to www.conservewildlifenj.org.
Subaru of America, Inc. believes in supporting the communities in which its employees live and work. To that end, Subaru builds community partnerships with organizations that share its drive and passion. These organizations are primarily ones that enhance the academic learning experience for young people.