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Envirothon

Western Finger Lakes Regional Envirothon

Ontario County, Yates County, and Seneca County Soil & Water Conservation Districts work together to create the Western Finger Lakes Regional Envirothon at the Finger Lakes Community College each spring. The Envirothon is a competition for high school students designed to test students’ understanding of natural resource issues and to cultivate students’ desire to learn more about natural resources and environmental issues. Teams consist of five students and an alternate. The alternate is permitted to participate in the tests at the Regional Envirothon; however, only five students may work on a test at any single station. More than one team from a school is welcome to participate. Winning teams from each county are eligible to participate in the New York State Envirothon, at Hobart William Smith College, in Geneva, New York in May. The winner of the New York State competition will then be eligible for participation in the National Envirothon. New York teams have consistently placed in the top ten at the national event. The test topics are: Soil & Land Use, Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Wildlife, and the Current Issue Topic, which changes each year. All reference materials are listed and/or linked on the NYS Envirothon website: www.nysenvirothon.org. For more information, please email the Conservation District Educator, Alaina Robarge, at alaina.robarge@ontswcd.com.