The Wallenpaupack Area High School team called The Bad Birches are the overall winners of the 2019 Pike/Wayne Envirothon. Second place went to The Beefcakes of Honesdale High School in the Wayne Highlands School District. The 33rd Annual Pike/Wayne Envirothon was held Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center in Hawley with an exciting day of competition.
The 1st place Wallenpaupack Area team, The Bad Birches, will represent Pike County at the State Envirothon event at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown on May 21 and 22, 2019. The highest scoring team for Wayne County, The Beefcakes, will represent Wayne County at the State event.
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 Canaan Christian Academy, Delaware Valley, 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 “Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge and Technology to Feed the World.”
The Pike/Wayne Envirothon and Pennsylvania Envirothon partner 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 to bring this competition to students each year. 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 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: Alice’s Wonderland, Brookfield Renewable, Davis R. Chant Realtors, Creamworks Creamery, Dirlam Bros. Lumber Company, Dutch's Market, Dyberry Sand & Gravel Co., Elegante' Restaurant & Pizzeria, The Hideout Property Owner’s Association, Honesdale Farm & Garden, Honesdale National Bank, Nature’s Grace Health Foods & Deli, New Wave Inc., Northern Tier Hardwood Association, Pennsylvania Trappers Association District 9, Professional Forest Industry Association, RE/MAX Wayne, Wallenpaupack Veterinary Clinic, and Woodloch Pines Resort.
Additional funding for this year’s Pike/Wayne Envirothon was provided by the Pennsylvania Envirothon Inc. through its education grants with the PA Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Education Fund and PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The 2019 event included a live birds of prey presentation by Delaware Valley Raptor Center.
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.