Wallenpaupack students win 2014 Pike/Wayne Envirothon
The Wallenpaupack Walleyes from Wallenpaupack win the Pike/Wayne Envirothon. Pictured from left: Pike County Commissioner Richard Caridi, Pike County Conservation District Envirothon Coordinator Michele Ulmer, Danielle Wontor, Molly Peterson, Danielle Spewak, Tanner Abbott, and Antonio DiSilvestre.
The Canaan Christian Creationists from Canaan Christian Academy will be representing Wayne County at the State event. From left to right Robbie Haupert-Keill, Sam Morgan, Wayne County Envirothon Coordinator Jamie Knecht, Zack Eason, Beth Swartley, Megan Wolfe, and Wayne County Commissioner Wendell Kay.
HAWLEY — The 2014 Pike/Wayne Envirothon was won by the Wallenpaupack Area School District team called the Wallenpaupack Walleyes, second place went to The Avengers from Wallenpaupack and third went to the Canaan Christian Creationists of Canaan Christian Academy. The 28th Annual Pike/Wayne Envirothon was held May 1 at the PPL Environmental Learning Center in Hawley with a day of competition and a visit from Calkins Creamery.
This year’s event also included an opportunity for students to get up close and personal to some wildlife. During lunch, the Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Officers demonstrated to students how they process a tranquilized bear. The bear was processed which entailed tagging the ears and extracting a tooth of the bear. The tooth is pulled and will be sent to a lab to determine the age the bear. They also tattoo the bear on the inside of the bears lip for tracking purposes.
At the end of the day’s competition there was a presentation by Emily Montgomery, daughter of Bill and Debra Bryant, of Calkins Creamery. Emily explained the cheese making process, how they market their products within the tri-state area, and provided some cheese samples to students. Calkins Creamery sits on Highland Farm, a seventh-generation family farm in scenic Wayne County which launched production of artisanal cheeses in January 2007. Emily explained to students that they use fresh raw milk from the herd of ninety Holstein cows her father and brothers milk twice a day. The milk is delivered through an underground gravity-flow pipeline directly from the bulk tank in the barn to a vat in the creamery. This unique system allows the milk to remain free from contaminants and minimizes waste.
The Pike/Wayne Envirothon is coordinated by the Pike and Wayne County Conservation Districts. To find out more about the Envirothon please contact the Pike County Conservation District office at 570-226-8220 or the Wayne Conservation District at 570-253-0930
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