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Students Encouraged to Participate in Fish Art and Writing Contest

December 30, 2004

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protectionís Division of Fish and Wildlife invites students in grades four through eight to enter its fifth annual Fish Art and Writing Contest. The contest is sponsored by Trout Unlimited and is designed to encourage youngsters to learn about the variety of fish found in the Garden State, as well as the integral role each plays in our environment.

For the art portion of the contest, youngsters must submit an original drawing depicting a New Jersey fish in its habitat. Each entry must also include a short biography of the fish depicted in the drawing. Biographies are limited to 500 words, and will be judged along with the drawing.

First and second place winners will be chosen from each of the grades. Each winner will receive an engraved plaque and fishing equipment, and will be invited to the Divisionís Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center in Warren County for a special VIP tour and awards ceremony on the Opening Day of Trout Season, April 9, 2005.

Entries must be postmarked by March 11, 2005 and must include entrantís name, home address and home telephone number, grade and school name. Entries become the property of the Division and will not be returned. Mail correspondence to: Fish Art and Writing Contest, NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, 605 Pequest Road, Oxford, NJ 07863. Please note that this contest is not affiliated with Wildlife Foreverís State Fish Art Contest.

For complete contest rules and to view winnersí art from previous years, visit the DEPís Division website at In addition, teachers may want to check out the following website for ideas on incorporating this activity into their curriculum:

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