The Indiana County Junior High Envirothon was held recently at Yellow Creek State Park. The Indiana County Conservation District sponsors the annual environmental competition for seventh- and eighth-grade students in Indiana County. Ninety students from the Indiana, Marion Center, Penns Manor and United school districts and Seeds of Faith Christian Academy participated in the educational competition.
During the Junior High Envirothon, teams rotated through four different stations learning about Pennsylvania’s forests, soil characteristics, aquatic ecology and local wildlife. In addition to the environmental education presentations by local experts, students identified tree species, studied macroinvertebrates gathered from Little Yellow Creek, conducted soil leaching and slaking experiments, and identified wildlife species. The conservation district was assisted by Yellow Creek State Park staff, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Kiewit Power Constructors and Consol Energy were the financial sponsors of the envirothon, and Turner Dairy provided beverages for the event.
The seventh-grade winners were the gold team from Marion Center Junior High School. Team members were Emily Murphy, adviser Howard Cattau, Makayla Musser, Seth White, Curt Dehaven and Emma Bland.
The eighth-grade winners were the red team from Indiana Junior High School. Team members were Joel Moore, Vince Birch, Anthony Lubold, Kalyn Menifee, Noor Ghanam and their adviser, Paul McCue.
PHOTO: Wildlife Conservation Officers Christopher Reidmiller, left, and Patrick Snickles reviewed different pelts from animals found in this area at the Junior Environthon held Wednesday at Yellow Creek State Park.