REGISTER BY MARCH 1st to win $1,000 For Your School
The first three schools to register a minimum of 60 students get a free Wildlife Assembly.

All Monmouth County Kindergarten classes are eligible to register for the Kids for Conservation Kindergarten Contest.  The program inspires a love of nature and curiosity for the outdoors through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) lesson plans, fun projects, and a STEAM (STEM + Art) contest challenge!  Participation is free and all Monmouth County kindergarten classes are eligible to participate.

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Register your kindergarten class by March 1, 2019 by following the link below and completing the Google Form.  The first three schools that register a minimum of 60 students will receive a free, live, wildlife assembly!  Watch the students’  minds come alive as live wildlife is brought into their school for them to experience and learn!

  2. Complete the bat themed STEM lesson plans and projects with your class. We provide them to you free of charge.  Have a great time inspiring a love of nature in your students while they learn all about endangered bats!

  3. Submit the STEAM class challenge by May 3, 2019 and tell us about what you learned to compete to win cash prizes.  1st place is $1,000 for your school!



The 2019 Program Round Theme - All About BATS!

The 2019 Program Round Theme - All About BATS!

Bats have a reputation for being spooky and scary, but they are amazing creatures that aren’t scary at all once you know a bit about them.  This year, students will learn all about the bats that live in New Jersey, some of which are threatened or endangered.  Through learning all about bats, students will understand the important role they play in nature and why we shouldn’t fear, but thank them.

More About Bats in New Jersey

New Jersey supports 6 year-round resident bat species. The 2 species with which humans come into contact most frequently are big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) and little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus). Unfortunately, little brown bat populations are declining precipitously due to a disease known as White Nose Syndrome (see Threats and Conservation). Both species prefer to roost in manmade structures during the summer, and big brown bats often hibernate in buildings as well. The eastern small-footed bat (M. leibii) also roosts in buildings during summer, but as a species of special concern in the U.S., it is not observed as frequently as big and little brown bats. The tri-colored bat (Perimyotis subflavus), northern long-eared bat (M. septentrionalis), and federally endangered Indiana bat (M. sodalis) prefer to roost in trees during the summer months, taking shelter beneath peeling bark or in the cavities of dead or dying trees. Some New Jersey's resident species hibernate in caves or mines, while some may overwinter in manmade structures.

There are also three part-time resident bats in New Jersey, including the hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus), eastern red bat (L. borealis), and the silver-haired bat (Lasionycterus noctivagans). These species prefer to roost within the foliage of trees or in bark crevices and are rarely seen in manmade structures. These 3 species are generally migratory, travelling south for the winter following similar routes as migratory birds. Hoary bats travel to subtropical and tropical regions, while silver-haired and eastern red bats are short-distance migrants that go through a hibernation cycle each year. Source: Rutgers University, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station

Please follow the below link to access the lesson plans and project for the 2019 Kids for Conservation program round. 

Additional conservation lesson plans are found by following the links below.  Teachers, parents, and anyone interested are welcome to download and enjoy the lesson plans.

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