Nature-Based Environmental Competitions Take Over Province This Month

Students to Compete in 2017 Ontario Envirothon Regional Competitions

TORONTO, April 6, 2017 /CNW/ - Throughout April, more than 700 Ontario high school students will participate in 2017 Ontario Envirothon Regional Competitions. The Ontario Envirothon has helped students acquire an education in environmental health and natural ecosystems since 1994.

Students from 15 Ontario regions--from Toronto to Thunder Bay—will participate in interactive field trips to forests, parks, woodlots, and conservation areas. On-site workshops—led by professionals in forestry, resource management, natural sciences, and conservation--will focus on the science and sustainable management of soils, wildlife, forests and aquatic ecosystems. This year's theme of Sustainable Farming will also broaden students' understanding of the role of agriculture in Canada and steps being taken to improve sustainability.

Participants also compete in a series of challenges, designed to enhance understanding of local ecosystems, in which they can apply their acquired knowledge and skills. The winning team from each region will progress to the Ontario Envirothon Championship, to be held at Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario from May 28th to 31st. Participants will access Fleming's School of Environmental & Resource Sciences, as well as information on post-secondary programs related to environmental stewardship. They will also compete for cash prizes provided by Maple Leaves Forever awarded to the top three teams.

Envirothon programs are hosted in more than 50 North American states and provinces. The top team from each, Ontario included, will advance to the annual NCF- Envirothon. This year, the 2017 NCF-Envirothon will be held from July 23rd to July 29th in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Forests Ontario extends immense gratitude to the hundreds of teachers, program leaders, regional coordinators, and volunteers that make the Envirothon possible. Please visit ontarioenvirothon.ca for more information.

About Forests Ontario
Forests Ontario is the voice for our forests. Working to promote a future of healthy forests sustaining healthy people, Forests Ontario is committed to the re-greening of Ontario through tree planting efforts on rural lands and in urban areas, as well as the renewal and stewardship of Ontario's forests through restoration, education and awareness. Visit www.forestsontario.ca or follow us @Forests_Ontario.

Ontario Envirothon
Ontario Envirothon is a unique environmental education program that takes high school students outdoors for hands-on environmental learning and discovery. The Ontario Envirothon builds environmental awareness in youth and provides career mentorship. For more information, visit www.ontarioenvirothon.ca.

2017 Ontario Envirothon regional competitions

Algoma

Workshop Day – March 29 – Sault College

Competition – May 12 and 13 – TBD

 

Durham

Workshop Day – April 18 – Camp Samac

Competition Day – April 25 – Camp Samac

 

Franco-ontarien

Workshop & Competition – April 26 and 27 – Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary

 

Grand River

Workshop Day – April 6 – Huron Natural Area

Competition Day – April 20 – University of Waterloo

 

Grey/Bruce

Competition Day – April 25 – Sydenham Sportsmen's Association Clubhouse

 

Halton/Peel

Workshop Day – April 19 – Terra Cotta Conservation Area

Competition Day – May 3 – Terra Cotta Conservation Area

 

Huron/Perth

Workshop Day – April 19 – Wildwood Conservation Area

Competition Day – May 2 – Maitland Woods

 

Niagara

Workshop Day – April 19 – Ball's Falls Conservation Area

Competition Day – May 3 – Ball's Falls Conservation Area

 

Northwestern

Competition Day – April 20th – Vernon Nature Area

 

Ottawa

Workshop Days – April 25th to 26th – MacSkimming Centre

Competition Day – May 3rd – MacSkimming Centre

 

Peterborough/Kawartha/Northumberland

Workshop Day – April 10 – Fleming College (Peterborough)

Competition Day – April 20 – Fleming College (Peterborough)

 

South Western Ontario

Workshop Day – April 18 – Springwater Conservation Area

Competition Day – May 2 – Springwater Conservation Area

 

Stormont/Dundas/Glengarry

Workshop Days – April 5 and April 19 – Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary and St. Lawrence River Institute

Competition Day – May 3 – St. Lawrence River Institute

 

Thunder Bay

Workshop Day – April 28 – Kingfisher Outdoor Education Centre

Competition Day – April 29 – Kingfisher Outdoor Education Centre

Toronto

Workshop Day – April 13 – York University

Competition Day – April 19 – Ontario Science Centre

 

York

Workshop Day – April 18 – Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre

Competition Day – April 27 – Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre

 

 

SOURCE Forests Ontario

For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact: Jeannette Holder, Communications Manager, Forests Ontario, Tel: 416 646-1193, ext. 257, E-mail: jholder@forestsontario.ca

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