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      "Species on the Edge" County Nature Art Winners at D&R Greenway through Oct. in Princeton

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      October 21, 2019

      Monday   9:30 AM - 5:00 PM (daily until October 31, 2019)

      Princeton, New Jersey 08540

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      "Species on the Edge" County Nature Art Winners at D&R Greenway through Oct.

      Princeton, N.J. -- Through October 31, D&R Greenway Land Trust proudly displays county winners of Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey’s 16th annual juried exhibition of art and essays on our state’s threatened and endangered species. Spirited versions of remarkable creatures, --from Gloucester County’s vivid bog turtle to Passaic County’s Kennedy’s Emerald Dragon (dragonfly) to Mercer’s irresistible Blue-Spotted Salamander--, await visitors, from 9:30 to 5 each weekday.

      The students became virtual wildlife biologists, through intensive research and unique art for this statewide educational contest. Open to all fifth-graders, this dramatic display of winners launches the fall season of D&R Greenway’s Olivia Rainbow Gallery each Labor Day. This gallery keeps alive the memory of Olivia Kuenne, to whom nature and art were paramount in her young life. President and CEO, Linda Mead reminds that “We display exceptional student art throughout each year, conveying the urgency of protecting nature to the preservationists of tomorrow.” Submitted art is judged by artists; essays by scientists. Students must win in both categories. Each county’s winning essay is displayed for reading in the exhibit. This project is sponsored by PSEG, NJEA, GAF, Atlantic City Electric, Church & Dwight and ShopRite. The contest attracted over 2,800 entries. Since 2003, over 15,000 New Jersey children entered the Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest.

      Conserve Wildlife Foundation Executive Director David Wheeler urges that we realize that "These talented children poured their hearts into the Species on the Edge contest, creating vibrant artwork and passionate essays about these rare wildlife species. We are inspired to connect the next generation of New Jersey conservation leaders with their natural world. Both their art and essays illustrate nature’s wonders - and reveal many of the challenges we must overcome to help vulnerable wildlife survive in our densely populated state."

      The Olivia Rainbow Gallery is in the Johnson Education Center, in Robert Wood Johnson’s former working barn. One Preservation Place, off Rosedale Road, (above Johnson Park School) 609 924-4646

      Students were given the list of New Jersey’s more than eighty endangered and threatened species. Each composes an essay on factors contributing to the animal’s endangered situation, and suggestions on how to protect it. Frequently, the essays are written in the first person – each student having effectively ‘become’ the creature.

      Working on the Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest encourages students to learn about local environmental issues. All are encouraged to express their concerns for the world around them; think creatively about ways to improve it; and consider how their own actions impact the natural world.


      Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey (CWF) is the only statewide, non-profit organization focused solely on threatened, endangered and imperiled species of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates. We carry out our mission by researching and managing rare animal species, restoring habitat, educating New Jersey’s residents, and engaging volunteers in our conservation projects. Since the early 1990’s, CWF scientists and educators have helped conserve and protect a variety of at-risk species of wildlife in New Jersey, the most densely populated state in the nation. To learn more, visit

      D&R GREENWAY LAND TRUST IS IN ITS 30TH YEAR of preserving and protecting natural lands, farmlands and open spaces throughout central and southern New Jersey. Through continuous preservation and stewardship -- caring for land and easements to ensure they remain protected and ecologically healthy in perpetuity -- D&R Greenway nurtures a healthier and more diverse environment for people and wild species in seven counties. Accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, D&R Greenway’s mission is to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and for the future. Since its founding in 1989, D&R Greenway has permanently preserved more than 20,000 acres, an area 20 times the size of New York City’s Central Park, including 30 miles of trails open to the public.
      The Johnson Education Center, a circa-1900 restored barn at One Preservation Place, Princeton, is D&R Greenway’s home. Through programs, art exhibits and related lectures, D&R Greenway inspires greater public commitment to safeguarding land.

      Cost: Free -

      Categories: Education | Art Galleries & Exhibits

      This event repeats daily until October 31, 2019:

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