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PIKE and WAYNE COUNTIES, PA ― The 33rd annual Pike/Wayne Envirothon will be held April 25 at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center in Hawley. This one-day educational competition for high school students is designed to test their knowledge, skills and problem solving capabilities regarding our earth’s natural resources.
This year, students from Canaan Christian Academy, Delaware Valley, Honesdale, Wallenpaupack and Western Wayne high schools will compete in the Pike/Wayne Envirothon, as hundreds of their peers from across the state take part in county Envirothon competitions in their areas, leading up to the 2019 Pennsylvania State Envirothon.
Local students are preparing for the event using field guides to identify bird songs and tree species; by rubbing dampened soil between their fingers to determine its texture and consulting a soil survey for potential land uses; and by identifying organisms that live underwater in our streams and rivers to assess the health of local waterways.
Five-member teams compete by applying their knowledge and problem-solving skills in subject areas that include aquatic ecology, forestry, soils/land use, wildlife and the current issue, “Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge and Technology to Feed the World.” The Pike and Wayne county winning teams will advance to the Pennsylvania Envirothon to be held at the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown and Windber Recreation Park on May 21 and 22.
Each year County Conservation Districts and state Envirothon coordinators partner with the U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service, PA Fish and Boat Commission, PA Game Commission, and PA departments of Conservation and Natural Resource Bureaus of Forestry, Environmental Protection, Agriculture, Education and State Parks to bring this event to each county and then the statewide event.
The Pike/Wayne Envirothon is coordinated by the Pike and Wayne County Conservation Districts. To find out more contact the Pike County Conservation District office at 570/226-8220 or the Wayne Conservation District at 570/253-0930.