Field station hosts statewide envirothon this week

imageHundreds of high school students from across the state are converging on the SUNY Oswego campus and the college’s Rice Creek Field Station for the New York State Envirothon, which continues today.

This year’s competition brings 300 to 350 students—as well as dozens of parents, chaperons and volunteers—to campus for two days. Competition at Rice Creek Field Station highlights the second day of the Envirothon.

Participants stay in Funnelle Hall in the center of the SUNY Oswego campus and take their meals in Cooper Dining Hall next door.

This annual competition, coordinated by soil and water conservation districts statewide, strives to tests students’ understanding of regional natural resources and environmental issues while cultivating a desire to learn more about this field.

Teams of five students compete in hands-on environmental education projects at the county level, with winners advancing to the statewide competition. The winners of the event at SUNY Oswego will participate in the 2006 Canon Envirothon at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg from July 23 to 29.

The first New York State Envirothon came together in 1990. Now held in most states and Canadian provinces, these programs reach more than 500,000 students every year, according to the New York State Envirothon Web site,

Rice Creek Field Station includes the 26-acre Rice Pond surrounded by 400 acres of land ranging from open fields to forests. The field station accommodates the general public and serves as a center for SUNY Oswego courses and research. For more information, call 312-7961.

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(Posted: May 11, 2006)