In an effort to bring attention to the Threatened and Endangered Species of New Jersey, I approached Ivan Bratko an artist from the Riker Hill Art Park and his talented students.  The students were asked to highlight and bring attention to a species in peril from the NJ Conserve Wildlife List through their art. Each student made a painting and a ceramic animal for display.

Students made efforts to make animals appear scientifically accurate.  They considered the size and shape of the animal and its proportions.  They also considered the type of the habitat in which the animals would be found. The cross-disciplinary nature of the project showcases how educators can combine science, art and social studies to engage students in hands-on learning that makes a difference by bringing attention to species in peril.

There were approximately 25 students ages 6-16 years old participating.

At the completion of the project, students proudly celebrated the unveiling and received certificates acknowledging their participation.

David Alexander is author of the Buzz Into Action & Hop Into Action Science Curricula.  He enjoys making nature more accessible to people and wildlife.  You can follow him at www.natureintoaction.com

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