Contact: Michelle Jacobs, Community Relations Officer, 302-535-7627, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
Preparations for the 18th Annual Delaware Envirothon are underway
DOVER (Oct. 10, 2012) – The 18th season of the Delaware Envirothon, sponsored by the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts, will begin with its first training workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Blackbird State Forest, just north of Smyrna. The second training workshop will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension office in Dover. The final training workshop will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at the St. Jones Reserve in Dover.
The Delaware Envirothon provides challenging environmental education and hands-on instruction, correlated to state education standards, to participating teams of high school age students. Throughout the year students learn about the resource topics of Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Soils/Land Use, Wildlife, Air Quality, and a sixth topic that changes each year. The topic for 2013 is Sustainable Rangeland Management.
During the spring competition, which will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2013, students will be tested on their knowledge of the natural resource topics. Additionally students must prepare an oral presentation in answering the given scenario based on the resource topics. Teams compete in the Delaware Envirothon for college scholarships and to represent Delaware at the 2013 North American Envirothon next summer at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont.
“The Charter School of Wilmington Team A recently returned from Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, where they represented Delaware in the Canon Envirothon. Delaware came in 9th place out of 54 teams representing 44 states, nine Canadian provinces and one Canadian territory,” said Michelle Jacobs, chair of the Delaware Envirothon planning committee. “Preparations are well underway for the 2013 competition and we are looking for additional students and adults from across the state interested in environmental education and stewardship to become involved with the Delaware Envirothon. Teams representing Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, homeschool students and 4-H members are welcome to participate.”
To register for the workshops or for more information about the program, contact Michelle Jacobs at 302-739-9135. Additional information about the Delaware Envirothon can also be found online at www.delawareenvirothon.org.
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