is a one-day educational competition set Thursday, May 6 for high school students designed to test their knowledge, skills and problem solving capabilities regarding our earth’s natural resources.


 is a one-day educational competition set Thursday, May 6 for high school students designed to test their knowledge, skills and problem solving capabilities regarding our earth’s natural resources.
The event is coordinated by the Pike and Wayne County Conservation Districts.  Hundreds of Pennsylvania teens are preparing to take part in county Envirothon competitions leading up to the 2010 Pennsylvania State Envirothon.  They prepare by thumbing through field guides to identify a bird’s song and different tree species; by rubbing dampened soil between their fingers to determine its texture and consulting a soil survey for potential land uses; by identifying aquatic macroinvertebrates to determine the quality of a stream; and by learning more about protecting groundwater.
This year’s Pike/Wayne Envirothon will be held  at the PPL Environmental Learning Center near Hawley. Five-member teams compete by applying their knowledge and problem-solving skills in the traditional subject areas that include: Aquatic Ecology, Current Issues, Forestry, Soils/Land Use, and Wildlife.
State Envirothon May 26
The county team with the highest cumulative score wins the county competition and advances to the Pennsylvania Envirothon scheduled for May 26, 2010 at the PPL Montour Preserve, Danville, PA in Montour County. The winning team will represent Pennsylvania at the 2010 Canon Envirothon, North America’s largest environmental competition, which will take place August 1-6 at the University of California, Fresno, CA.
The Pennsylvania Envirothon partners with the U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resource Bureaus of Forestry and State Parks, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. These committed partners provide educational reference materials for high school teams as well as technical expertise, knowledge, and manpower at the event.
Each year both Districts seek financial contributions to support this highly successful youth conservation program. Donations support the purchase of Envirothon T-shirts, educational prizes and awards. This year’s sponsors include the Pennsylvania’s Trappers Association, Dutch's Supermarket, The Honesdale National Bank, PPL Corporation, Wallenpaupack Marine Trade Association, Wallenpaupack Veterinary Clinic, Woodloch Pines Resort, Inc., Dirlam Bros. Lumber Co., Inc., Honesdale Farm & Garden, Inc., Nature's Grace Health Foods & Deli, The Settlers Inn, Professional Forest Industry Association, Wayne Bank and Yatsonsky’s Farm.
To find out more about the Envirothon or more information on how you can be involved in this event please contact the Pike County Conservation District office at (570)226-8220 or the Wayne Conservation District at (570)253-0930.