Envirothon 2014 will take place April 4

Mar 21, 2014

The Area 1 Envirothon, sponsored by the Area 1 Association of Soil and Water Conservation, will begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 4, at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville.

Last year 24 high schools and 15 middle schools formed Environthon teams and competed. During the event, the teams rotate among different stations and listen and/or participate in presentations given by conservationists. Each team is sponsored by its respective soil and water conservation districts.

This year’s stations are an aquatic station taught by Haywood Waterways; a wildlife station taught by Dave Dudek; a forest station taught by Holmes St. Educational Forest; a current environmental issues station taught by Keith Bamberger from Air Quality; and a soil station taught by William Miller of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The teams will be given five separate tests. After the tests are graded, the top seven teams are announced in each category —middle school and high school — and they advance to the state competition in Burlington, North Carolina, that will be held April 26. Last year four Haywood teams – three middle school and one high school — represented the Area 1 Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

For more information about the Area 1 Envirothon, contact Gail Heathman at 452-2741, ext. 131.