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Nature-Based Environmental Competitions Take Over Province This Month

Students to Compete in 2017 Ontario Envirothon Regional Competitions

Toronto, ON, April 6th, 2017 – Throughout April, more than 700 Ontario high school students will participate in 2017 Ontario Envirothon Regional Competitions. The Ontario Envirothon has helped students acquire an education in environmental health and natural ecosystems since 1994.

Students from 15 Ontario regions—from Toronto to Thunder Bay—will participate in interactive field trips to forests, parks, woodlots, and conservation areas. On-site workshops—led by professionals in forestry, resource management, natural sciences, and conservation–will focus on the science and sustainable management of soils, wildlife, forests and aquatic ecosystems. This year’s theme of Sustainable Farming will also broaden students’ understanding of the role of agriculture in Canada and steps being taken to improve sustainability.

Participants also compete in a series of challenges, designed to enhance understanding of local ecosystems, in which they can apply their acquired knowledge and skills. The winning team from each region will progress to the Ontario Envirothon Championship, to be held at Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario from May 28th to 31st. Participants will access Fleming’s School of Environmental & Resource Sciences, as well as information on post-secondary programs related to environmental stewardship. They will also compete for cash prizes provided by Maple Leaves Forever awarded to the top three teams.

Envirothon programs are hosted in more than 50 North American states and provinces. The top team from each, Ontario included, will advance to the annual NCF- Envirothon. This year, the 2017 NCF-Envirothon will be held from July 23rd to July 29th in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Forests Ontario extends immense gratitude to the hundreds of teachers, program leaders, regional coordinators, and volunteers that make the Envirothon possible. Please visit for more information.

2017 Ontario Envirothon regional competitions


Workshop Day – March 29 – Sault College

Competition – May 12 and 13 – TBD


Workshop Day – April 18 – Camp Samac

Competition Day – April 25 – Camp Samac


Workshop & Competition – April 26 and 27 – Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Grand River

Workshop Day – April 6 – Huron Natural Area

Competition Day – April 20 – University of Waterloo


Competition Day – April 25 – Sydenham Sportsmen’s Association Clubhouse


Workshop Day – April 19 – Terra Cotta Conservation Area

Competition Day – May 3 – Terra Cotta Conservation Area


Workshop Day – April 19 – Wildwood Conservation Area

Competition Day – May 2 – Maitland Woods


Workshop Day – April 19 – Ball’s Falls Conservation Area

Competition Day – May 3 – Ball’s Falls Conservation Area


Competition Day – April 20th – Vernon Nature Area


Workshop Days – April 25th to 26th – MacSkimming Centre

Competition Day – May 3rd – MacSkimming Centre


Workshop Day – April 10 – Fleming College (Peterborough)

Competition Day – April 20 – Fleming College (Peterborough)

South Western Ontario

Workshop Day – April 18 – Springwater Conservation Area

Competition Day – May 2 – Springwater Conservation Area


Workshop Days – April 5 and April 19 – Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary and St. Lawrence River Institute

Competition Day – May 3 – St. Lawrence River Institute

Thunder Bay

Workshop Day – April 28 – Kingfisher Outdoor Education Centre

Competition Day – April 29 – Kingfisher Outdoor Education Centre


Workshop Day – April 13 – York University

Competition Day – April 19 – Ontario Science Centre


Workshop Day – April 18 – Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre

Competition Day – April 27 – Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre



About 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 or follow us @Forests_Ontario.

Ontario Envirothon

Ontario Envirothon is a unique environmental education program that takes high school students outdoors for hands-on environmental learning and discovery. The Ontario Envirothon builds environmental awareness in youth and provides career mentorship. For more information, visit 

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

Jeannette Holder             

Communications Manager

Forests Ontario                                                                                  

Tel: 416 646-1193, ext. 257