Saturday, May 1, 2021

Honesdale H.S. Team Wins Pike/Wayne County Envirothon, Represents Wayne County; Wallenpaupack H.S. Team Wins To Represent Pike County At State Envirothon

Honesdale High School Team from Wayne Highlands School District called The Earthlings is the overall winners of the 2021 Pike/Wayne Envirothon and will represent Wayne County at the statewide Pennsylvania Envirothon

The Bad Birches of Wallenpaupack Area High School placed second in the competition and will be representing Pike County in the statewide Pennsylvania Envirothon.  

The 34th Annual Pike/Wayne Envirothon was held virtually on April 15 over Zoom and is hosted by the Pike and Wayne County Conservation Districts.

Envirothon is a one-day educational competition designed to test the knowledge, skills, and problem-solving capabilities of high school students regarding our earth’s natural resources. 

This year’s event included teams from Honesdale, Wallenpaupack, and Western Wayne high schools.

Each five-member team competed by applying their knowledge and problem-solving skills in subject areas that included: Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Soils/Land Use, Wildlife, and a Current Issue which was “Water Resource Management: Local Control and Local Solutions.”

The Pike/Wayne Envirothon and Pennsylvania Envirothon partner with the U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service, Fish and Boat Commission, Game Commission, Department of Conservation and Natural Resource Bureaus of Forestry and State Parks, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Education to bring this competition to students each year. 

These committed partners provide educational reference materials for high school teams as well as technical expertise, and knowledge for the event.

Each year both Pike and Wayne Conservation Districts seek financial contributions to support this highly successful youth conservation program. Donations support the purchase of Envirothon T-shirts, educational prizes and awards, lunch and snacks.

This year’s sponsors included: Nature’s Grace, Professional Forest Industry Association, PA Trappers’ Association, New Wave Inc., Honesdale Farm & Garden, Dyberry Sand & Gravel, Elegante Restaurant, Jeff George Design, Wayne Memorial Hospital, Himalayan Institute, Dirlam Brothers Lumber Co., Camp Umpy’s Bagels and Stuff, Northern Tier Hardwood Association, The Hideout, Dutch’s Market, Wallenpaupack Vet Clinic, Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, The Dime Bank, Woodloch, Brookfield Energy.

This project was financed in part by a grant awarded to Pennsylvania Envirothon from the Community Conservation Partnership Program, using Environmental Stewardship Funds, under the administration of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation. 

This project was financed in part by a grant awarded to Pennsylvania Envirothon under the administration of the Shell Oil Company U.S.

The Pike/Wayne Envirothon is coordinated by the Pike and Wayne County Conservation Districts. 

For more information, contact the Pike County Conservation District office at 570-226-8220 or the Wayne Conservation District at 570-253-0930.

More From Pike County

The Pike Conservation District May newsletter also includes these helpful articles--

-- Gypsy Moth, Be On The Look-out! Call 570-226-8220 or if you spot them

-- May 11 - Japanese Knotweed 101 Webinar

-- Spotted Lanternfly Updates - It’s Sticky Band Season

-- Composting, Good For Your Garden!

-- May Is Wetlands Month - Check out Instagram & Facebook for tips, information

(Photos: Left - Wayne County winning team: Emma Diliberti (team captain), Ben Swartz, Jake Turner, Lexi Korb, Codey Gardner; Pike County winning team: Ella Clabaugh (team captain), Lily Winagle, Abby Soskil, Emily Kangal, Evan Kimler. ) 

(Reprinted from the Pike Conservation District website.)

Related Articles:

-- Carmichaels H.S. Envirothon Team Partners With Izaak Walton League To Plant Trees For Earth Day; Wins Greene County Envirothon [PaEN]

-- Norwin High School Wins 2021 Westmoreland County Envirothon

[Posted: May 1, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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