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Students Focus on the 3 E’s: Education, Environment, Envirothon

 

LINDSAY, ON, May 21, 2015 – Today, more than 100 high school students from across Ontario gave back to the local community by helping to restore and replant a forested area on Fleming College’s Campus in Lindsay, Ontario. The project is part of the Ontario Envirothon Championship, which sees high school students working together to compete for the championship title in an environmental competition.

The Ontario Envirothon is a unique program that engages teams of students to learn more about the natural world around them through direct experience in the outdoors. Students participated in outdoor events in 17 different regions across the province, all mentored by professionals working in natural resources. The top team from each region goes on to compete for the Ontario Envirothon Championship, May 20-23. Ontario Envirothon also encourages students to get outdoors to experience nature first hand and hands on.

High School students from 20 regions of Ontario including Thunder Bay, Timmins, London, Ottawa and Toronto worked together to plant trees, pull invasives, and restore a shelterbelt area. The project was supported by Fleming College, TD Friends of the Environment, Patagonia and the Ministry of Education.

“It’s great to see students come together and give back to the local community through the legacy project,” said Rob Keen, CEO of Forests Ontario. “Ontario Envirothon allows students to connect with the natural environment and get hands-on experience in natural resources

it’s no wonder so many of these students go on to consider careers in these fields.”

The project also supported one of the championship’s five subject areas, Urban and Community Forestry, by enabling the students to contribute to growing healthy forests on an urban landscape. As a revitalized ecosystem, the shelterbelt restored by these students will offer an important learning opportunity for future students of Fleming College.

 

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Forests Ontario

Forests Ontario is the voice for our forests. Working to promote a future of healthy forests sustaining healthy people, Forests Ontario is committed to the re-greening of Ontario through tree planting efforts on rural lands and in urban areas, as well as the renewal and stewardship of Ontario’s forests through restoration, education and awareness. Visit www.forestsontario.ca or follow us @Forests_Ontario.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact:

Jessica Kaknevicius

Education Programs Manager

Forests Ontario

416.646.1193 x. 226

Cell: 647.222.5377

jkaknevicius@forestsontario.ca

Allison Hands

Education Coordinator

Forests Ontario

416.646.1193 ext. 228

Cell: 905.467.3610

ahands@forestsontario.ca