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Environthon planned for spring 2013 in Erie County

ERIE COUNTY The Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District will host the 12th annual Erie County Envirothon this spring. This is an outdoor-oriented, hands-on, natural science competition for high school students. Students will use teamwork to complete a series of challenges on wildlife, forestry, aquatics, soils and a current issue topic.

To prepare for the envirothon challenge, students will attend workshops, where local natural resource professionals will present envirothon topics. Previous speakers included soil scientists, fisheries biologists, field technicians, foresters, conservationists and naturalists.

The county envirothon will be held on March 26 and April 25, at the Village Green Park in Elma. The winning Erie County Envirothon team will advance to the New York State Envirothon at the State University of New York at Morrisville on May 30 and 31. Students will compete against winners from counties throughout the state.

Scholarships are awarded to top-scoring teams at the local and state levels. The winning team at the state level will qualify for the North American Envirothon, where the highest-scoring teams will receive college scholarships and other prizes.

The envirothon is open to students in grades nine 12. Teams may be formed from high schools, local BOCES, 4-H clubs, Future Farmers of America clubs, members of sovereign Native American Nations, schools, home schools or any sanctioned local, regional, state or nationally-recognized clubs that sponsor students in grades nine 12.

For more information, call Melanie Saunders at 652-8480.

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