"A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers but borrowed from his children." - John James Audubon

Kids for Conservation invites all preschool and kindergarten age students to participate in a creative challenge that enters them to win prizes for their school!

Kids for Conservation began in 2013 as an academic enrichment program for young children.  The purpose is to teach young children about their environment.  The curriculum is based upon age appropriate themes that teach children about land conservation, wildlife protection, and the preservation of wildlife, farmland, and open space.

Environmental themed lesson plans are provided to the schools that then create art projects that are tailored to facilitate dialogue about the environmental issues.  Completed art projects are submitted to MCF and winners are chosen based on creativity and how the class demonstrated what they learned about the environmental issue.

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Monmouth Conservation Foundation (MCF) wants your class to develop an appreciation and awareness for our local farms in Monmouth County.  Each year the program introduces a different conservation theme through lesson plans that help kids understand and learn about the issue.  The focus of this year’s lesson plans and activities is Local Farms, Local Foods.

The lesson plan includes an interactive seed growing activity, Farming in a Glove.  All registered classes will be provided with all the materials necessary for the Farming in a Glove activity.  We will also have a limited number of Local Farms, Local Foods lesson plan teacher kits available to borrow from our office.  Kits include fun pictures, books, and other props to help engage the students to the lesson plan subject matter.

After completing the lesson plan activities, classes will create a farm diorama for the contest submission.  Classes are encouraged to use a farm from their town or local community as the inspiration for the farm diorama in order to build an awareness and connection with the farms in our area.  Use of recycled and/or natural materials as the medium for the diorama is encouraged as the main medium for the project you create with the class.Classes are encouraged to integrate what they learned from the conservation lesson plans into the contest submission as well.

To register and learn more about the program, click on the links at left or contact Amanda Brockwell at

For more information, please call 732.671.7000

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