Hants North Envirothon Team Take Second, Invited to International Competition
In early May, Kelsey Sutton, Kelsey White, Logan Vroegh, Katelyn White and Luke Ettinger represented Hants North Rural High at the annual Envirothon Competition held at Camp Brigadoon. The students from Hants North were joined by other teams from Nova Scotia, as well as those from PEI and Newfoundland. Over the course of the two-day event students were tested on their knowledge and understanding of the natural sciences.
The Hants North team finished first in forestry, first in aquatic ecology and second in wildlife, placing them second overall and only 1.3 points out of first place! The winning team from the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board is unable to attend the international competition in Springfield, Missouri, the students from Hants North were invited to compete in their place, but fundraising constraints in a very short period will prevent the team from attending.
Envirothon is North America’s largest and fastest growing environmental education program. The Nova Scotia Envirothon program was established in 1993 to challenge high school students and educators to learn more about the natural environment and natural resources in a combined classroom and hands-on atmosphere. The ultimate goal is to encourage young people to work toward greater environmental, economic and social sustainability.
The four main areas of study for the program include forestry, soils and land use, wildlife and aquatic ecology. Each year there is a fifth topic selected based on current events or issues (examples of past topics include: Local/Sustainable Agriculture, Acid Rain and Biodiversity in a Changing World). The current environmental issues topic for 2015 is Urban/Community Forests, with a specific focus on re-foresting the Halifax waterfront.