Wallenpaupack wins Pike/Wayne Envirothon

Hawley. Each five-member team applied their knowledge and problem-solving skills in aquatic ecology, forestry, soils/land use, wildlife, and an issue of current concern.

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  • Pike County and overall winning team: Front row (from left): Abby Soskil, Lily Winagle, Ella Clabaugh, Tristan Gladys, and George Carl of The Bad Birches of Wallenpaupack Area High School, the 2019 Pike/Wayne Envirothon overall winning team and Pike County winners. Back row: Wayne County Commissioners Wendell Kay and Joseph Adams, and Pike County Commissioners Ronald Schmalzle and Steve Guccini. (Photo by Sandy Long)

  • Wayne County winning team (from leeft): Wayne County Commissioner Wendell Kay; John Firmstone, Will Howell, Jake Kabonick, and Liam Carmody of The Beefcakes of Honesdale High School; and Wayne County Commissioner Joseph Adams. Missing from photo, Joe Lukan. (Photo by Sandy Long)

Envirothon Sponsors

Alice’s Wonderland
Brookfield Renewable
Davis R. Chant Realtors
Creamworks Creamery
Dirlam Bros. Lumber Company
Dutch’s Market
Dyberry Sand and Gravel Co.
Elegante’ Restaurant and Pizzeria
The Hideout Property Owner’s Association
Honesdale Farm and Garden
Honesdale National Bank
Nature’s Grace Health Foods and Deli
New Wave Inc.
Northern Tier Hardwood Association
Pennsylvania Trappers Association District 9
Professional Forest Industry Association
RE/MAX Wayne
Wallenpaupack Veterinary Clinic
Woodloch Pines Resort
Additional funding as provided by the Pennsylvania Envirothon through its education grants with the PA Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Education Fund and PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
The 2019 event included a live birds of prey presentation by Delaware Valley Raptor Center.

The Wallenpaupack Area High School team called The Bad Birches are the overall winners of the 2019 Pike/Wayne Envirothon.

Second place went to The Beefcakes of Honesdale High School in the Wayne Highlands School District.

The 33rd annual Pike/Wayne Envirothon was held April 25, 2019 at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center in Hawley with an exciting day of competition.

The first-place Wallenpaupack Area team, The Bad Birches, will represent Pike County at the State Envirothon event at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown on May 21 and 22. The highest scoring team for Wayne County, The Beefcakes, will represent Wayne County at the State event.

A day of problem solving

Envirothon is a one-day educational competition designed to test the knowledge, skills and problem solving capabilities of high school students regarding our earth’s natural resources. This year’s event included teams from Canaan Christian Academy, Delaware Valley, Honesdale, Wallenpaupack, and Western Wayne high schools.

Each five-member team competed by applying their knowledge and problem-solving skills in subject areas that included: Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Soils/Land Use, Wildlife, and a Current Issue which was “Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge and Technology to Feed the World.”

Partners and support

The Pike/Wayne Envirothon and Pennsylvania Envirothon partner with the U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resource Bureaus of Forestry and State Parks, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education to bring this competition to students each year. These partners provide educational reference materials for high school teams as well as technical expertise, knowledge, and manpower at the event.

Each year both Pike and Wayne Conservation Districts seek financial contributions to support this youth conservation program. Donations support the purchase of Envirothon T-shirts, educational prizes and awards, lunch and snacks.

The Pike/Wayne Envirothon is coordinated by the Pike and Wayne County Conservation Districts.

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