Envirothon is a program designed “to build environmental awareness and leadership among young people through practical, hands-on educational experiences, enabling them to make informed, responsible decisions that benefit the earth and society.” Envirothon relies on local conservation organizations to work in partnerships to provide high school students with interactive field trips and workshops to help them understand forests, soils, wildlife, aquatic ecosystems and the importance of conserving these resources.
Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) has been a long-time supporter of Envirothon, and this year adopted it as one of our core education programs, providing both financial and organizational sponsorship. MVCA Education Coordinator, Sarah O’Grady, was thrilled to take on the lead coordinator role for the Lanark County Regional Envirothon, and received support from many other MVCA staff members who helped facilitate the event by providing workshops, giving presentations, and acting as judges for this year’s oral presentation special topic, “Local, Sustainable Agriculture” at the Lanark County Regional Competition.
In total, seven teams of high school students from three schools – Notre Dame Catholic High School from Carleton Place, Perth and District Collegiate Institute (PDCI) and Smith Falls District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI) – participated in the Lanark County Regional Envirothon held over the course of 4 weeks. The winning team, “E-Unit” from PDCI composed of Freida Hodgins, Derek Oliver, Damien Rice-Laprise, Tommy Somerville and Aiden Woods, wowed the judges with their oral presentation and also had the highest marks in each individual category – Forestry, Aquatics, Soils, and Wildlife. They will advance to provincials at the 2014 Ontario Envirothon Championship, at Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario. Congratulations to “E-Unit” and to all of this year’s participants!