May 10, 2009

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Pike/Wayne Envirothon a success

First place "Greene Revolution" team.  Bottom, L-R: Kathryn Riker, Chrissa
Roberts, Ryan Bladek, Michele Kolodzeij, Bryce Evans. Top, L-R: Pike County
Commissioner Richard Caridi and Wallenpaupack Teacher/Advisor Linda Lohner

BLOOMING GROVE - The nineteenth annual Pike/Wayne Envirothon took place recently at Promised Land State Park in Pike County.  First place going to the “Green Revolution” from Wallenpaupack Area High School.

The Pike/Wayne Envirothon is a one-day educational competition for high school students designed to test their knowledge, skills and problem solving capabilities regarding our earth’s natural resources coordinated by the Pike and Wayne County Conservation Districts.  Envirothon teams are comprised of three to five students from the same school enrolled in grades 9 through 12. Alternates study with the team and are available in case of the unavailability of another team member. Top scoring teams from each county are eligible to advance to the 2009 PA State Competition at Bald Eagle State Park, Howard, PA in with the possibility of continuing on to the 2009 National Canon Envirothon competition at the University of North Carolina in Asheville, North Carolina.

The Pike/Wayne Envirothon program is made available through partnerships with the PA Department of Agriculture, PA Department of Environmental Protection, PA Department of Education Office of Environment & Ecology, PA Game Commission, PA Fish & Boat Commission, DCNR Bureau of Forestry and Bureau of State Parks, PPL, USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Service, and many volunteers. Representatives from these agencies provide informational materials and class instruction related to the competition topics. 

Nine student teams represented Delaware Valley, Honesdale, Wallenpaupack and Western Wayne high schools in this year’s event. Students were tested on Aquatics, Forestry, Wildlife, Soils and Land Use and a Current Issue, which changes from year to year. This year’s current issue was “Biodiversity in a Changing World”. 

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