Weekly Feature

2018-03-14 / Business

Conservation district sets 17th annual Envirothon

The Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District will host the 17th annual Erie County Envirothon on Thursday, March 29, and Thursday, April 26, at Village Green Park in Elma.

Coordinated by the District, the Envirothon is an outdoor-oriented, hands-on, natural science competition for high school students.

During the Envirothon, students use teamwork to complete a series of challenges in the subjects of wildlife, forestry, aquatics, soils and a current-issue topic, which for 2018 is “Western Rangeland Management.”

During the event, students will also have the chance to learn from and connect with local field specialists.

To prepare for the Envirothon challenge, students will attend a workshop, at which local natural resource professionals will give presentations on the various Envirothon topics. Last year’s workshop presenters included local soil scientists, fisheries biologists, field technicians, foresters, conservationists and naturalists.

The winning team of students at the Erie County Envirothon will advance to the New York State Envirothon, which will be held at Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, on May 23 and 24. At the state Envirothon, students will compete against local Envirothon winners from counties throughout the state.

At the local and state levels, scholarships are awarded to top-scoring teams. The winning team at the New York State Envirothon qualifies for the North American Envirothon, where high-scoring teams receive college scholarships and other prizes.

The Erie County Envirothon is open to all students in grade levels nine through 12. Student teams may be formed from a high school, BOCES, 4-H club, FFA club, members of sovereign Native American Nations schools, home schools, or any other sanctioned local, regional, state or nationally recognized club that sponsors youth in grades nine through 12.

For more information or to register for the 2016 Envirothon, contact Melanie Saunders at 652-8480.

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