Regional High School Environmental Science Competition to be held in Westchester for the first time

The 2022 Regional Envirothon will be held at Mountain Lakes Park in North Salem,

Friday May 13

Westchester high school students will compete for the first time in Westchester County in a regional high school environmental science competition on Friday, May 13 at Mountain Lakes Park in North Salem.

The Envirothon is open to all public and private high schools in the county and each competing high school may enter up to two teams of five students plus up to two alternates and one adult counselor. Registration is open now until Friday April 22. The winner will participate in the New York State Envirothon on Wednesday and Thursday, May 25-26 at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva.

Westchester County Superintendent George Latimer said, “I am thrilled that county high school students have the opportunity to showcase their environmental science skills and engage in friendly competition. Good luck to all participants !”

Westchester County Parks Commissioner Kathy O’Connor said, “Mountain Lakes Park in North Salem is one of our hidden Westchester gems and I am delighted to welcome local high school students to explore the park while by participating in the Envirothon. I wish good luck to the participants!

County students once participated in the now defunct Hudson Valley Regional Envirothon in Dutchess County. This event involved teams from nine counties in the lower Hudson River region, but the sponsor county’s soil and water conservation districts decided to disband the larger event in favor of smaller local events. Westchester County has consistently sent more high school teams to the regional event than any other county. This year, the Westchester County Soil and Water Conservation District is working with the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation and the Watershed Agricultural Council to host the event at Mountain Park Lakes.

Westchester County Planning Commissioner Norma Drummond said, “We have supported regional and state Envirothons for many years. It gives students experience of working in teams and sharpens their knowledge of the natural environment, including the major issues facing the world we live in today.

The primary goal of the Envirothon is to encourage students to learn about natural resources and to become good stewards of the natural environment. Competing teams are tested on their knowledge of five environmental themes: soils, land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife; as well as a changing sub-theme that focuses on a relevant environmental issue. This year’s environmental issue focuses on the management of different types of waste generated by individuals, households, communities, businesses, manufacturing, agriculture and industry. As they prepare for the competition, students develop research skills, practice team building, and gain an appreciation for consensus decision-making.

Soil and Water Conservation Districts generally sponsor Envirothons, and the Westchester County District has sponsored regional and national events since their inception, providing both financial and staff support. This year, the county’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation is providing extensive staffing, organizational and administrative support. The Watershed Agricultural Council’s East Hudson office is also generously supporting the event.

Currently, approximately 500,000 students from 45 US states and nine Canadian provinces/territories participate in the contest. They are all vying to participate in the North American Envirothon, which will be held this year at the University of Miami in Oxford, Ohio, from July 24-30.

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