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The Museum conducts education and outreach activities to increase the awareness of various target groups about science with an emphasis on biodiversity and Jamaica’s natural environment.

Through it’s Education Department, it manages the Discovery Room and Exhibition Gallery where Jamaican flora and fauna are displayed for public viewing on a daily basis.

Ongoing educational programs include:

- Biodiversity Awareness Programme in Clarendon Schools
- General Outreach and Lessons to Schools - School tours and Science trips to Mason River
- Summer Programmes
- School tours and Science trips to Mason River - Summer Programmes
- “An Afternoon with a Scientist”
- Earth Day Essay, Poster & Photography Competition

The Institute of Jamaica’s Earth Day 2024 Competition

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 each year to promote the preservation of the Earth’s natural resources. The Natural History Museum of Jamaica (NHMJ), a division of the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), is inviting entries for its Earth Day 2024 Competition which will be hosted under the theme “Planet vs. Plastic”. Through this competition, it is hoped that persons will be able to appreciate and encourage the preservation of their natural environment.

The competition is open to all children and youth aged 12 – 19 years or students in grades 7 – 13. The competition will be divided into two categories that will facilitate both lower and upper schools. The lower school ages 12-14 years will be eligible to participate in the Poetry category under the theme “Plastic Madness” whilst the upper school ages 15-19 years will be eligible to participate in the Poster category under the theme: “Planet vs. Plastic: Which World Would You Rather?”; and Photography category under the theme: “Turning Tides On Plastic”. Eligible persons will be asked to submit individual entries to these categories. There will also be an open video category for all ages for persons to submit a 1-minute video clip under the theme “Be The Solution To Plastic Pollution”. Successful winners of the 15-19 year old categories, will have an opportunity to vie for the IOJ Youth Ambassador Programme. (View enclosed competition guidelines and entry forms below).

The deadline for submission of entries is Friday, March 15, 2024. Following the judging of entries, winners will be announced at our annual Earth Day Competition Awards Ceremony. For further information please contact Mrs. Eartha Cole (Education Outreach Officer) or Mrs. Kareen Parks-Swaby (Assistant Education Outreach Officer) at 922-0626-6 extension 352 or 247 respectively or email

We look forward to your institution’s participation in this year’s competition.

Please submit documents to the email below