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Conservation District
310 Allen Road, Suite 301
Carlisle, PA 17013-9101
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Cumberland County Envirothon

Students from nine area high schools competed in the annual Cumberland County Envirothon on Tuesday, May 3, at King's Gap Environmental Education Center, Carlisle, Cumberland County. The Hellbenders from Cumberland Valley High School took first place with a score of 381; second place went to The Slimy Sculpins from Cumberland Valley with a score of 319; and third place went to The Swampers from Cumberland Valley with a score of 311. The Hellbenders will represent Cumberland County at the 2016 Pennsylvania Envirothon at Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA, on May 24 and 25.

The Cumberland County Envirothon, presented by the Cumberland County Conservation District, is an academic competition that provides high school students hands-on field experience dealing with natural resource issues. Students complete five exams that test their knowledge on aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, and a current issue, which was invasive species. 106 students participated this year and enjoyed the partially sunny day. Schools participating in the competition include Big Spring, Boiling Springs, Camp Hill, Carlisle, Cedar Cliff, Cumberland Valley, East Pennsboro, Mechanicsburg and Shippensburg.

Representatives from the PA Fish and Boat Commission, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, PA Game Commission, the Conservation District, and Natural Resources Conservation Service administered the tests.

Once the competition was over, the students enjoyed a picnic lunch provided by the Conservation District. After lunch, the Conservation District handed out awards, made from Pennsylvania hardwood, to the top three teams at each station and the top three teams overall. All participating students and advisors received an Envirothon t-shirt sponsored by Adams Electric Cooperative.

If you are a teacher or know a teacher that may be interested in bringing students to our event, please contact the Conservation District.

Resources for Envirothon participants.

Past Envirothon Champions

Click below to visit the Pennsylvania Envirothon website.

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