Especially for StudentsNIE and You

That is why the Marine Science Center created the Endangered Species Contest.  It is a contest designed to promote environmental awareness and stewardship by inspiring middle school students in Volusia County to care about Florida's endangered and threatened species and to develop solutions to the problems facing them.
The goal was to make a difference for Florida's endangered and threatened species while at the same time showing students the value education has in making a positive difference in the world.  Species are declining at rates that have never been seen before.  And action through education is a key in halting the decline.
This is a county-wide effort to promote awareness and action for endangered and threatened species.  Both students and teachers were instrumental in making this project a success and should be elevated as our environmental leaders. 
The winning responses are creative, thoughtful, and challenging.


Click on the animals below to read the winning responses!

(News-Journal/PETER BAUER)
West Indian manatees frolic in the clear waters of Blue Spring State Park, near the spring head Dec. 1, 2005, in Orange City
(AP/Chris O'Meara)
Manatees play in the waters of Homosassa Springs, July 11, 2003, in Homosassa Springs.
(AP/Richard Patterson)
A key deer roams a residential area Aug. 9, 2003, in Big Pine Key, Fla. The tiny deer on this island rummage through garbage cans, graze in back yards and walk up to humans without fear.
The Flatwoods Salamander has a very narrow distribution occupying seasonally wet, pine flatwoods and savannahs from southern South Carolina, southern Georgia, and northern Florida west to southern Alabama.
A Florida panther kitten (Mark Lotz, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission).
Florida panther. (COURTESY: FWC).
(News-Journal/DAVID TUCKER)
A 116 lb. loggerhead turtle swims into the sea after a successful rehabilitation at the Marine Science Center, July 20, 2006 at Winter Haven Park in Ponce Inlet.
(News-Journal/ROGER SIMMS)
A green sea turtle which has being rehabilitated at Marine Science Center at Ponce Inlet on April 27, 2004. This turtle will be released after it has been determined it can live on its own.
(News-Journal/BRIAN MYRICK)
A crowd watches as a rare leatherback sea turtle heads back to sea after laying her eggs in the sand near 10th Street in Flagler Beach, June 16, 2005. The turtle, weighing an estimated eight hundred pounds, dragged herself back into the sea shortly before 6:30 p.m.
(News-Journal/ROGER SIMMS)
Amber Bridges, Enviornmental Tech for the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet shows the rare Kemp's ridley, right, and loggerhead hatchings that were found on the various beaches, Oct. 26, 2005.
(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
A whale leaps out of the water in what is called breaching in the channel off the town of Lahaina on the island of Maui in Hawaii, USA, in this Jan. 23, 2005 file picture.
(AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch
A red-cockaded woodpecker is seen in this undated file photo. The birds nest only in cavities they peck out of living pine trees over a period of one to three years.