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Center for Environment Staffer Offers Instruction at Envirothon

04/09/12 by Juanita Teschner 

Amanda Lanier, programming coordinator for the Center for the Environment, taught middle and high school students about current environmental issues March 27 and 28 at the annual Area 8 Envirothon, which was held at the Center for the Environment facility and adjacent ecological preserve.

The Envirothon brought more than 130 students and a host of advisors and volunteers to the Center for the competition sponsored by the Area 8 Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The top seven teams will go to the state competition, which will be held April 20-21 at Cedarock Park in Alamance County. 

The Envirothon is an event for high school and middle school teams to compete in natural resources knowledge and ecology. Five-member teams attended informative presentations in the morning and were tested on their knowledge in the afternoon. Topics ranged from aquatics and current environmental issues to forestry, soils and wildlife. 

Area 8 includes Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Davidson, Davie, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties. The competition is open to ecology clubs, Girl and Boy Scout troops, FFA chapters, 4H clubs and home-study, environmental and vocational agriculture groups. 

The purpose of the Envirothon is to help young people become more aware of their impact on the environment.

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