More than 300 students and teacher-coaches from Pennsylvania’s 67 counties are converging on the Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove and Camp Mount Luther in Mifflinburg May 24-25 to use their year-long Envirothon experience to vie for the championship title at the Pennsylvania Envirothon.
During the two-day competition, teams accept the natural challenge and participate in a series of field-oriented tests that focus on soils/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and a current environmental issue.
Teams also prepare and deliver oral presentations to panels of judges who evaluate each team on its problem-solving capabilities and presentation skills to help solve the specific environmental challenge posed during the competition.
While the teams are competing, the teacher-coaches learn more about energy ideas, specifically relating to natural gas, and in turn, help their students understand where energy comes from and how we use energy in everything we do.
Students compete for a share of more than $10,000 in educational scholarships and the honor to represent Pennsylvania at the International National Conservation Foundation-Envirothon which will be held July 24-29 in Peterborough, Ontario.
In 2015, Penncrest High School won second place in the International NCF-Envirothon competition.
Pennsylvania won the North American NCF-Envirothon event in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2009.
More than 46 states, eight Canadian provinces, and one Canadian territory hold Envirothon contests based on the program that was originally developed by Pennsylvania’s county conservation districts.
Collaborating Pennsylvania agencies include the Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, Fish and Boat Commission, Game Commission, U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service, PA Association of Conservation Districts, and State Conservation Commission.
Other Pennsylvania sponsors and partners include Shell Oil, Philadelphia Insurance Companies, Weis Markets, PPL Utilities, Southwestern Energy, Chief Oil & Gas, EQT Foundation, Pennsylvania Sea Grant, and NCF-Envirothon.For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Envirothon website. Click Here to sign up for regular updates from the PA Envirothon (bottom of the page).
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