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Preparations for the 17th Annual Delaware Envirothon are underway

NEWS FROM THE DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL
 
For more information, contact Michelle Jacobs, Community Relations Officer, 302-535-7627, or Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
 
 
DOVER (Sept. 28, 2011) – The 17th 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. 8, at Blackbird State Forest, just north of Smyrna. The second training workshop will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Delaware Department of Agriculture, in Dover. The final training workshop will be held on a Saturday in January, 2012, 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 2012 is Nonpoint Source Pollution – Low Impact Development.

 
During the spring competition, which will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2012, students will be tested on their knowledge of the natural resource topics. Additionally students must prepare an oral presentation to provide an answer for the given scenario based on the resource topics. Teams will be competing in the Delaware Envirothon to receive college scholarships and to represent Delaware at the 2012 Canon Envirothon next summer at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa.
 
“The Charter School of Wilmington Team A recently returned from Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada, where they represented Delaware in the Canon Envirothon. Delaware came in 16th place out of 54 teams representing 45 states and nine Canadian provinces,” said Michelle Jacobs, chair of the Delaware Envirothon planning committee. “We’re excited to begin preparations for the 2012 competition and we are looking for additional students and adults from across the state interested in environmental education and stewardship and becoming involved with the Delaware Envirothon.  Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, homeschool students and 4H members are welcome to participate.”
 
To register for the workshops or to receive more information about the program, contact Kerin Hume at 302-741-2600.  Additional information about the Delaware Envirothon can also be found online at www.delawareenvirothon.org.
 
Vol. 41, No. 373