High School Students Compete in Envirothon

By Eric Deabill | edeabill@pahomepage.com

Published 05/13 2014 05:47PM

Updated 05/13 2014 06:55PM

Dozens of high school students took their lessons outdoors Tuesday.

A total of sixty students from Lackawanna and Wyoming counties took part in the annual Envirothon competition at Keystone College.

From getting up close with a Blue Jay to being able to identify other bird calls, the students spent most of the day Tuesday out in nature.

"It's definitely a whole new experience," Riverside High School senior Madison Haduck said. "I'm not a wilderness girl but they asked me to do it so I was like okay. You learn a lot about the trees and different kinds of soil. I have never heard of anything, different bugs. It's like crazy."

In one station, students had to build a water filtration system and in another station they had to identify a specific type of tree and figure out how tall it was.

Working in groups, sixty students from six different high schools tested their knowledge against one another.

"You do get competitive when we're here but we're all here for the same reason so we all come together and enjoy our day," Nicole Robinson, junior at Lakeland High School said.

Some see the event as a spring-board into a possible career.

For others, it is just a learning experience.

"I could definitely see myself doing something like this," Lackawanna Trail Junior Aidan Holmes said.

Whatever the case, organizers say it's a fun way for kids to learn more about nature and what is around them.

"We hope that then develops a sense of being good stewards and wanting to take care of their environment," Laura Anderson with the Wyoming County Conservation District said.

A team from Tunkhannock High School and Lakeland High School each took home top honors Tuesday and will move forward to the state competition.

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