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On April 21, 2022, the Northampton County Conservation District will hold its annual Envirothon competition. The Envirothon is an environmental competition for students in grades 9 through 12. A team consists of five students and an advisor. Each team is given materials and objectives to study in advance. The teams will be tested in five areas at the competition: Wildlife, Forestry, Soils & Land Use, Aquatic Ecology, and a current environmental issue (this year’s topic is ‘Waste to Resources’).

This year, seven schools will compete with a total of eleven teams. Competing are Bangor Area High School, Freedom High School, Nazareth Area High School, Northampton Area High School, Bethlehem Catholic High School (BECA), Pen Argyl Area High School, and Saucon Valley High School.  At the competition, the teams rotate through the five stations taking written tests with some hands-on application. The team with the highest cumulative score is the winner.

The event will be held from 9:30 am – 2:00 pm at Louise Moore County Park located in Bethlehem and Lower Nazareth Townships, and is sponsored by the Northampton County Conservation District; the Northampton County Division of Parks & Recreation; The Pidcock Company; J.G. Petrucci Co. Inc.; Joe Correia; Base Engineering, Inc.; Commerce Construction Co., L.P.; Majestic Realty Co.; Ott Consulting, Inc.; Chrin of Delaware; Bohler Engineering PA, LLC; Serfass Construction Co.; Pennsylvania American Water; Schlouch, Inc.; Hanover Engineering Associates, Inc.; T & M Associates; Lehigh Valley Site Contractors, Inc.; Wegman’s;, and PA Envirothon. The Conservation District receives help from the following agencies who are responsible for preparing, administering and correcting the tests: PA Game Commission, PA DCNR-Bureau of Forestry, PA Fish & Boat Commission, and Penn State Extension. Assistance will also be provided by volunteers from the Conservation District, the Division of Parks & Recreation and some of the sponsoring organizations.

Plaques, medallions and gift cards will be awarded to the top three scoring teams as well as prizes for the highest score achieved for each of the station tests. We will be giving a prize in honor of Chryss Buchman, our previous manager who passed away in 2016, to the highest scoring team at the Current Issue Station. We also provide an honor award to the team scoring the highest in the Soils station in the name of the late Robert H. Jones, a previous Board Director of the Northampton County Conservation District. All participants will also receive event T-shirts, water bottles and Certificates of Participation.

The county winner will advance to the State competition, which is to be held at Camp Mt. Luther in Mifflinburg on May 25, 2022.

Information provided to TVL by:
Becky Bartlett
Deputy Director of Administration
Northampton County Government Center
669 Washington Street
Easton, PA 18042