Friday, May 24, 2024

Herkimer County Soil & Water Conservation District Hosts Local County Envirothon

Winning Envirothon team

The Herkimer County Soil & Water Conservation District held its 29th annual Herkimer County Envirothon on Wednesday, May 8 at Herkimer College. Event organizers reported that the event was once again a huge success, thanking the generous sponsors and volunteers that made the event possible. This year Central Valley Academy (CVA), Herkimer BOCES, Herkimer Central School, Mount Markham, Poland, and West Canada Valley all sent teams.  Approximately 70 students participated in the Envirothon with advisors and volunteers from NYS DEC, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Herkimer College, and Herkimer County Soil and Water Conservation District.

The students competed in five categories: soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatics, and a current issue of “Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future.” The first-place finisher for Herkimer County was BOCES “Team 1.” CVA “Team A” finished second and BOCES “Team 2” took third place. The top three teams will receive a plaque and each member of the 1st place team was presented with a $50 cash prize for their achievement.

CVA “Team A” was also awarded the Ray Korce Memorial Award for the highest score in Forestry, presented by Gary Miller, past
forestry instructor and retired DEC Forester.

CVA “Team A” was also awarded the Ray Korce Memorial Award

CVA “Team A” was awarded the Ray Korce Memorial Award. Provided photo.

Each participant received a “2024 Herkimer County Envirothon” t-shirt designed by a local Mount Markham student, Bri Edson, and a delicious lunch consisting of pizza, chips, apples, cookies, milk, and juice. Event organizers said everyone involved in the Envirothon had a great time and the teachers would agree that it was a great hands-on learning experience, focused on the conservation of our natural resources. This outdoor event gives students the opportunity to get away from the typical classroom setting and get their hands dirty with interactive science related questions.

Provided photo.

BOCES “Team A” will go on to represent Herkimer County at the New York State Envirothon on Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23  at SUNY Cortland.

Photo at top: First place team, BOCES Team 1. Provided photo.

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