Canon Envirothon Marks 25th Anniversary at Susquehanna
Published on July 20, 2012
Teams of high school students from 45 states and nine Canadian provinces will apply their environmental problem-solving skills at the Canon Envirothon July 22 through 27 at Susquehanna University. The annual competition—celebrating its 25th anniversary this year—awards top performers with more than $125,000 in scholarships, prizes and awards.
The Envirothon is North America’s largest high-school environmental education competition. Every year, volunteer advisers and teachers devote after-school hours and weekends to training some 500,000 students in grades 9 through 12 in hands-on environmental problem-solving. Five-member teams then compete in provincial and state-level competitions for the chance to attend the Canon Envirothon.
During their stay at Susquehanna, students will learn about local soils, wildlife, aquatic ecology, forestry and this year's “current issue,” non-point source pollution and low-impact development. Students will examine long- and short-term effects on the natural environment and how each might influence or directly impact their future. In addition to field study and preparing presentations, they will also be treated to an outing at Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg. The week culminates with an awards banquet and dance.
Bill Kahler, chairman of the Pennsylvania Envirothon board of directors, has been involved with the program since its inception “It is very satisfying and fulfilling not only to see the program grow, but to see where the participants have gone in their careers, and how it has positively affected them,” he said.