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Washington County Envirothon set for April 20

April 01, 2012

Hundreds of Maryland high school students will leave the classroom in April to compete in the first round of qualifying heats leading up to the 2012 Canon Envirothon, North America’s largest high school environmental-education competition.

The Washington County Envirothon competition will be Friday, April 20, at Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview.

For more information, call Elmer Weibley or Ginger Noble, Washington County Soil Conservation District,  at 301-797-6821, ext. 3.

Students participating in the Envirothon have been studying the state’s natural resources since September. As part of this extracurricular training, teenagers identify and categorize living resources, perform soil surveys, estimate wood yield from trees and solve other complex natural- resource issues.

They receive hands-on instruction from soil scientists, wildlife specialists, foresters and environmental engineers from local, state and federal agencies as well as private environmental organizations. The program also focuses on an environmental issue that changes from year to year. This year’s issue is nonpoint source pollution and low-impact development.

Teams compete by applying their knowledge and problem-solving skills in these natural-resource areas. The county team with the highest cumulative total wins the local or regional competition and advances to the Maryland Envirothon scheduled for June 20 and 21 at St. James School in Washington County. 

The winner of the Maryland Envirothon will represent the state later this summer at the 2012 Canon Envirothon at Susquehanna University in Selinsgove, Pa., where more than 250 teenagers from the United States and Canada will compete for $125,000 in scholarships and Canon products.

The Envirothon is sponsored by Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts and the State Soil Conservation Committee, and is supported by other state and federal programs.

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