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Envirothon gives Schuylkill County students a chance to share their conservation knowledge

On May 1, 29 teams of students from around Schuylkill County met at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds and Environmental Education Center in Summit Station to test their environmental knowledge in the 40th Annual Schuylkill County Envirothon.

“The Envirothon is coordinated by the Schuylkill Conservation District and tests teams about their knowledge of the environment and is designed to increase their awareness of interrelationships that exists in the world,” said “Porcupine Pat” McKinney, district environmental education coordinator. “We
also thank our generous sponsor–the Schuylkill County Municipal Authority—for their continued support of the Schuylkill County Envirothon. Water quality and water conservation are issues that are of prime importance for both the authority and the conservation district.”

The competition also increases awareness of the effects of human actions on those relationships.

“The event is made possible through the cooperative efforts of many Schuylkill County conservation agencies,” McKinney said.

Local representatives of the state Game Commission, Fish and Boat Commission, DCNR-Bureau of Forestry, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Chesapeake Bay Program, Department of Environmental Protection, and the Schuylkill Conservation District provided technical assistance. The
Envirothon revolves around five environmental subject areas of aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and a current environmental issue.

The 2024 event focused on “Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future.” Three tiers of competition are held. “Snoops” are teams in elementary grades, “Investigators” are middle school students while “Scientists” are high school students. The winner of the “Scientists” category will represent Schuylkill County at the state competition. The state winner then travels to national competition later this summer.

The winners are as follows:

Scientists (grades 9-12)

First place: Blue Mountain High School “Team One.” Second: Pine Grove “Funky Fowler’s Toads.” Third: Gillingham Charter School “Wolfpack.” Fourth: Pine Grove “Sassy Squirrels.” Fifth: Nativity BVM “Green and Golden Eagles”

Investigators (grades 6-8)

First: Blue Mountain Middle School “Golden Goldfish.” Second: Pine Grove Area Middle School “Witty Walleye.” Third: Blue Mountain “Radical Raccoons.” Fourth: Pine Grove “Perceptive Perch.” Fifth: North Schuylkill Elementary “Spartans”

Snoops (grades 4-5)

First: Blue Mountain East “Eastern Eagles.” Second: Blue Mountain Elementary West “West Side Critters.” Third: North Schuylkill Elementary “Spartans—Red” tied with Pine Grove Elementary “Rattling Rattlesnakes.” Fourth: St. Clair Area “The Supreme Team.” Fifth: Pine Grove Elementary “Crazy Crawfish.”

Source: Berkshire mont

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