Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Delaware students to compete in state Envirothon on April 30
DOVER (April 16, 2015) – Delaware students from around the state will convene at Cannery Village in Milton on April 30 to compete in the annual Delaware Envirothon. On the 20th anniversary of the Delaware Envirothon, a record-breaking number of participants will compete. This year, 120 students representing 11 high schools and one 4-H Club will vie for more than $5,000 in college scholarships and cash awards.
The Envirothon is a team-based outdoor academic competition which challenges high school students’ knowledge and practical application of aquatic ecology, forestry, soils/land use, wildlife, air quality, special environmental topics and public speaking. This year’s special topic is urban/community forestry. The teams come from the following high schools: A. I. DuPont High School, Delaware Military Academy, Charter School of Wilmington, Mt. Pleasant High School, Hodgson Vo-Tech High School, St. Elizabeth High School, Middletown High School, Caesar Rodney High School, Dover High School, Polytech High School, Peach Blossom 4-H Club and Sussex Tech High School.
Hosted by the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts (DACD), the Envirothon offers students monetary awards for higher education and commendable effort. Twenty-four teams, consisting of five students each, will be vying to finish in one of the top four spots, which offers students more than $3,000 in college scholarships and special team awards combined. In addition, cash awards totaling approximately $2,200 are given to the top seven teams.
The goal of the Delaware Envirothon is to prepare students to be future leaders in environmentally related careers, and provide knowledge about our environment. The competition provides experience in real-world situations, which fosters sound decision making, problem solving and critical thinking skills. Teams will be tested at outdoor eco-stations located throughout designated areas of the event site.
The DACD is a voluntary, non-profit association that coordinates conservation efforts statewide to focus on natural resource issues identified by Delaware’s three local districts. For more information on the Delaware Envirothon and the North American Envirothon, please contact Delaware Envirothon Chair Rick Mickowski at 302-832-3100 ext. 113.
Vol. 45, No. 109