BARTONSVILLE, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Lucas Jones and his classmates from Stroudsbutg High School are inspecting soil. He says, “our goal was to identify and ask different questions like ‘what might be in this layer of soil?'”
This is the Monroe County Conservation District’s annual high school Envirothon competition, held behind the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center in Bartonville.
Twenty teams from seven differet high schools are all participating, vying for first place.
“One team will win the Envirothon competition, that team will then go on to states,” explains Karen Boyle, Monroe County Conservation District.
The teams take turns visiting different stations, where they take five tests on material they’ve learned in school.
“It’s your soils, aquatics, wildlife, forestry and a current issue. And your current issue test changes every year, based on what a current issue across the country is,” says Logan Mackes, Pleasant Valley High School senior.
The students say the tests are challenging, so teamwork is key. “It’s important to put your heads together and combine for a team effort to, hopefully, win,” Mackes smiles.
Not everyone will leave with a trophy, but they’ll all take home a valuable lesson.
Boyle says, “it’s going to make them better stewards of the earth in the future.”
The statewide Envirothon competition will be held later this month in Pittsburgh. Today’s winning team will compete against winners from other Pennsylvania schools.