Rice Creek to host statewide Envirothon

imageHundreds of high school students from across the state will converge on the SUNY Oswego campus and the college’s Rice Creek Field Station for the New York State Envirothon on May 25 and 26.

This year’s competition is expected to bring 300 to 350 students   —as well as dozens of parents, chaperons and volunteers—to campus for two days. The first day will feature oral presentations and welcoming activities. Competition at Rice Creek Field Station highlights the second day of the Envirothon.

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 2005 Canon Envirothon at Southwest Missouri State University in July.

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, www.nysenvirothon.org.

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 12, 2005)