Growing Tomorrow’s Green Leaders at the 2016 Ontario Envirothon

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More than 130 aspiring green leaders and educators from across Ontario will come together for the Ontario Envirothon Provincial Championship, taking place from May 29th to June 1st at Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario.

The Ontario Envirothon is a province-wide team-based competition for high school students who love the outdoors. It provides students hands-on learning experiences across Ontario’s parks, forests, woodlots, and conservation areas. Supporting partners include, Maple Leaves Forever, Fleming College, Brock University, Enbridge, Algonquin Forestry Authority, and Ministry of Education.

The program challenges students to develop solutions to local environmental challenges and builds skills in core environmental topics including soils, forests, wildlife and aquatics. In addition, students used online resources and attended workshops to learn all about this year’s Envirothon theme – invasive species, including the threats, species, legislation and management associated with one of the environment’s greatest threats.

In 2016, 18 regional programs took place across the province, with the top team from each region progressing to the Ontario Envirothon Championship. Students will compete for the chance to win cash prizes as well as the opportunity to represent Ontario at the North American Envirothon that will take place in Ontario for the first time this summer. Students will compete against teams from over 50 states and provinces for the North American championship title. The North American Envirothon will take place at Trent University in Peterborough from July 24-29.

The Ontario Envirothon enables students to venture beyond the classroom and take part in conservation efforts in their community. The program inspires participants to be more aware of how our actions impact our environment and prepares students to pursue studies and careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Ontario Envirothon Facts:

  • Engages 1,000+ students every year through workshops and learning resources
  • 70% of past participants surveyed said the program encouraged them to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM)
  • More than 150 school teams participate in regional competitions
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