Ontario Forestry Association

Ontario Forestry Association

May 07, 2007 15:49 ET

Media Advisory-Ontario Forestry Association: Envirothon Attracts Students to Cornwall for Environmental Challenge

CORNWALL, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 7, 2007) -

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Each spring in Ontario over 5,000 students participate in the Ontario Envirothon, an interactive outdoor environmental competition. The top 120 students from across Ontario will be in Cornwall from May 9th to 12th to compete for the title of Provincial Envirothon Champion. The winning team will receive scholarships and the opportunity to represent our province at the Canon North American Envirothon in New York State. Scholarships and prizes to be awarded at the Canon North American Envirothon this July will total over $100,000.

"At Envirothon students explore nature and compete in outdoor competitions to test their environmental knowledge. Students work together to propose solutions to complex problems facing our environment and learn how they can change their own actions to lessen environmental impacts," states Carla Grant, Executive Director of the Ontario Forestry Association, the organization responsible for the Ontario Envirothon Program.

Envirothon students learn about all aspects of our natural environment; forests, wildlife, soils and water. The students will also be challenged to present their creative solutions to current environmental issues. Envirothon teaches environmental citizenship and helps form tomorrow's leaders. Over the four day event, students will compete in a series of outdoor testing challenges, learn from leading environmental science researchers and deliver presentations to a judging panel. On the afternoon of May 10th the students will join the people of Cornwall to plant native shrubs and trees to improve natural habitat along a stretch of the shoreline of the St. Lawrence River. Action is an important part of Envirothon as students apply their knowledge to real life environmental improvements in their host community.

The St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences will host the provincial competition with many local organizations, including the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Stewardship Council. "We have been involved in helping with the local Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Envirothon for many years and are very excited to host the 2007 Ontario Provincial Envirothon," says Jordan Ann Kevan, Education Coordinator at the River Institute. "Envirothon is a great hands-on initiative that gets students thinking and caring about the environment."

Event sponsors include the Government of Ontario, Toronto Hydro, Trees Ontario Foundation, Ontario Power Generation, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Canadian Wildlife Federation.

FOR BACKGROUNDER INFORMATION, please visit the following link: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/env07b.pdf.

The Ontario Forestry Association is a non-profit, registered charity dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of Ontario's forests, and to developing stewardship of forest ecosystems. Visit www.oforest.on.ca.

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