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Envirothon teams learn about the earth

ERIE COUNTY — Every year, the Erie County Soil & Water Conservation District coordinates the science-based, environmental, education program known as the Envirothon.

This free event is open to all high school students. It is supplemental to their current high school science curriculum.

Participants learn about aquatics, forestry, wildlife and soils. Scholarships are available at the local, state and national levels.

The 2013 Erie County Envirothon was held on March 26 and April 25 at Elma Senior Center/Village Green Park. Participating high schools include St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, Grand Island, Buffalo Homeschoolers, Orchard Park, East Aurora and Springville-Griffith Institute.

The Buffalo Homeschoolers placed first, overall. East Aurora came in second and S-GI placed third.

Buffalo Homeschoolers advanced to the New York State Envirothon, held at Morrisville State College on May 30 and 31. These participants placed 11 out of 47 teams, from counties throughout New York state.

This year’s Erie County Envirothon was partially funded by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, through a grant received from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

For more information about the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, visit www.nysp2i.rit.edu. For more information about the Envirothon, call Erie County Envirothon Coordinator Melanie Saunders at 652-8480.

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