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Envirothon

 General Information

The Envirothon at the local, state and national level, educates high school students in natural resource and environmental sciences since its first local contest was held in 1979. The Envirothon emphasizes the importance of environmental sensitivity while stressing a need to achieve a social, ecologic and economic balance in life. The learning objectives emphasize awareness, knowledge, attitudes and application. The Envirothon provides future generations with the ability to be better equipped to address the complex natural resource concerns facing today's world as well as the challenges of tomorrow. (From PA Envirothon's Mission Statement)

 Susquehanna Valley High School Envirothon

 
Top Snyder County Team from Selinsgrove Area High School: (left to right) Garrett Benfer, Jacob Dock, Hannah Kline, Addie Lannan and Darrah Yerger. Not pictured: Curtis Swineford, Team’s Advisor and Selinsgrove Area High School agriculture education teacher.

Forty-seven (47) teams involving nearly 190 students from thirteen schools in five central Pennsylvania counties arrived at the Shikellamy State Park Marina for the annual Susquehanna Valley High School Envirothon held on April 24, 2018.

Topics that the students were tested in were wildlife, forestry, aquatics, soils and a specific current issues topic that changes yearly. The current issue topic for this year is rangelands, grasslands and pastures. A non-testing station regarding charcoal production in the 1800s was also held.

Each conservation district awarded medals to the highest scoring team from its county. The Snyder County winners were from Selinsgrove Area High School located in Selinsgrove. They placed seventh (7th) overall out of 47 teams that competed. (A team from Central Columbia High School in Columbia County won the overall title this year.)

For more information, check out this summary.

Note: Contact Craig Bingman, District Manager, (570-837-3000, x114) for event details or if your business would like to make a donation or be a sponsor for future Envirothons.

 PA & Canon Envirothons

Each county was eligible to send their top team to the PA State Envirothon each year. In 2017, teams competed at the University of Pittsburg at Johnstown on May 23 and 24. (Go to "Envirothon Downloads" and the PA State Envirothon website for the contest details as well as the link on this web page's right.) The PA winners came from a school in Delaware County.

In 2018, the PA Envirothon will be held at nearby Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove and Camp Mt. Luther near Mifflinburg on May 22 & 23.

Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove hosted the Canon Envirothon in 2012. This event brought state and provincial Envirothon winners throughout the USA and Canada at one place for "North American's largest environmental education competition." The 2012 Canon Envirothon celebrated "25 Years of Envirothon," a tradition that started here in Pennsylvania by conservation districts. Volunteers from PA conservation districts and other agencies helped with the event. Click here for details and photos and click here for a YouTube video. (Source of information within this paragraph: PA Envirothon website's North America Envirothon web page.)

In 2017, the North America Envirothon (now known as NCF-Envirothon) was at Mount St. Mary's University, Emmitsburg, Maryland. Each state and provincial winner advanced to this contest scheduled held in July.

 Middle School Envirothon

SCCD also helps out with the annual Susquehanna Valley Middle School Envirothon with conservation districts from Columbia, Montour, Northumberland and Union Counties. Seventh and eighth graders from the five county region participate in testing and hands-on activities.

The 2018 event will be held at the Montour Preserve near Danville and Washingtonville on May 8. Contact the SCCD (570-837-3000) for event details.

 Contact Information

 
Snyder County Conservation District
sccd@ptd.net
 
10541 Route 522
Middleburg, PA 17842
Phone: (570) 837-3000
Fax: (570) 837-7300
 
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 

 2018 Schedule of Events

 
May 9
Susquehanna Valley Middle School Envirothon
Montour Preserve
700 Preserve RD, Danville
near Washingtonville, PA
 
May 22 & 23
PA State  Envirothon
Susquehanna University
Selinsgrove, PA
and
Camp Mt. Luther
near Mifflinburg, PA
  
July 22 - 28
North American Envirothon
Idaho State University
Pocatello, Idaho
 

 Envirothon Downloads

 External Envirothon Links

 Additional News

 
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Local business gives generous donation to PA Envirothon in November 2014.
 
Click here for details.