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15th Envirothon to take place on May 4

The 15th Annual Area III Envirothon will be held May 4 at Camp Onomia in Onamia, Minn. This is an environmental learning event held outdoors for high school students in grades 9-12. The Southern Region Soil and Water Districts from Area III spons...

The 15th Annual Area III Envirothon will be held May 4 at Camp Onomia in Onamia, Minn. This is an environmental learning event held outdoors for high school students in grades 9-12. The Southern Region Soil and Water Districts from Area III sponsor the Envirothon. Area III includes the counties of Carlton, Pine, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Isanti and Chisago.

Students attend five stations in which they are given a short presentation and complete 20 short-answer questions at each station. This year's stations include forestry, wildlife, water quality, soils, and a current events station in which the topic is "Biodiversity in a Changing World." Students also attend a sixth station and give an oral presentation on the current events topic.

The top three teams will go on to attend the State Envirothon, which will be held May 18 at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch in Stewartville, Minn., to compete with other teams from across the state. The winner from the State Envirothon is then sent on to the National Envirothon, which will be held Aug. 2-8 at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Tuition scholarships are awarded by Canon U.S.A. at the National Envirothon totaling $30,000. First-place finishers will be awarded $3,000 per student, second place $2,000 per student, and third place $1,000 per student. There will also be additional prizes for the top 10 teams.

Last year's Area III winners were teams from Cromwell-Wright High School and Willow River High School. Teams worked very hard to prepare for the State Envirothon.

The Soil and Water Conservation Districts coordinate the Area III Envirothon and are always looking for volunteers to help with the event.

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Area III districts do not receive any designated funding to put on this event and anyone who would like to donate funding, time or supplies is invited to call their local soil and water conservation district or the Envirothon coordinator at the Pine SWCD office at 320-384-7431 for more information.

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