2016-05-07 / Today's Top Stories

Envirothon comes to Mt. Pisgah County Park

By Russell Pekelnicky

Staff Writer

SPRINGFIELD — Students from across the county came out to Mt. Pisgah County Park to participate in Envirothon.

Ninety students from Canton, Troy, Athens, Northeast Bradford, Wyalusing and North Rome Christian schools came out to compete in a test of knowledge.

Bradford County Conservation District Manager Cathy Yeakel said 18 teams were out in the scenic park, answering written and multiple choice questions on topics of wildlife, aquatics, forestry, soils and current issues.

She said the winner of the day's event goes on to the state level of Envirothon, as well as each member receiving a $100 scholarship, medals, plaques and additional prizes.

She said all prizes and food for the day were provided courtesy of Chief Oil and Gas and Southwestern Energy.

She said the day was a fun way to get the kids out in the woods and help them understand the importance of environmental awareness.

She said the program can only help students, especially if they decided to pursue a degree in environmental science or related fields.

Education Coordinator Dan Rhodes said of the event; "For a lot of kids that compete, they end up following this sort of natural resource topic."

He said it can help put students entering the field "head and shoulders" above other students in the field their freshman year.

"Even if they don't, they learn how to be an environmental steward," he said.

Rhodes said they've been doing the event at Mt. Pisgah for the last three years, owing it to the fact it is a county park.

Russell Pekelnicky can be reached at (570) 265-2151, ext. 1639; or email rpekelnicky@thedailyreview.com.

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