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2016 North American Envirothon Celebrates and Supports Young Environmental Leaders

Peterborough, ON, July 21, 2016 – The 2016 North American Envirothon Championship kicks off on July 24th at Trent University. The event will launch with opening ceremonies featuring a celebration of local culture and an official welcome from Peterborough Mayor Darryl Bennett. More than 250 students as well as teachers and volunteers representing more than 50 states and provinces will join Forests Ontario for the five day event supporting environmental stewardship among North America’s youth.

Forests Ontario invites media outlets to join us for the opening ceremonies. Participants and program leaders will be available for interviews and photographs.

 

WHAT:               The 2016 North American Envirothon Championship Opening Ceremonies.

                               Full agenda and more information at the Forests Ontario website.

WHO:                  Hosted by Forests Ontario in partnership with Trent University.

                               More than 250 students participating from across North America.

WHEN:               July 24th, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Opening Ceremony)

                               July 28th, 2016, 7:00 pm (Closing/Awards Ceremony)            

WHERE:            Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario

Envirothon is a team-based competition for high school students who love the outdoors. Every year, 500,000 students, teachers and volunteers participate in local competitions to build knowledge in core environmental topics (forests, soils, wildlife, and aquatics) through hands-on learning led by professionals in each field. Students then work to complete a series of challenges centered on addressing key environmental issues and caring for natural ecosystems. The top team in each region progresses to the NAE Championship. The winner of the 2016 NAE will be announced on Thursday July 28th and will be awarded a scholarship prize from Smithfield Foods.

Envirothon inspires participants to be more aware of how our actions impact our environment and prepares students to pursue studies and careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This year’s NAE will also include a keynote address from Natalie Panek, rocket scientist with MDA’s Robotics and Automation division.

 

For more information, photos or to arrange an interview please contact:

Jeannette Holder

Communications Manager

416.646.1193 ext. 257

jholder@forestsontario.ca


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