Participants in the 2016 Grey-Bruce regional Envirothon competition proudly show off their environmental medallions, on May. For the third year in a row Bruce Power provided $1,500 in sponsorship to the regional Envirthon, while some employees volunteer their time during the day of the event.

Over 15 Regional Envirothon programs take place across Ontario each year. This year the Grey Bruce Envirothon took place at Camp Celtic, located in the Bruce Peninsula. The camp has 200 acres of playing fields and wilderness, as well as access to the sand beach of Lake Huron, so it’s a perfect setting for the team based environmental competition.

The program allows students to take what they have learned in the classroom and put it to work in the field. Through interactive workshops and team-based activities, students gain hands-on experience in the areas of forests, soils, wildlife, aquatic ecosystems and human impact on all of the things we value in nature. Participants develop skills in the area of critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, leadership and communication.

Ontario Envirothon is open to students from Gr. 9-12 in public, private and home schools, or community organizations such as 4-H clubs. Teams of five are eligible to move onto the Ontario Envirothon Championship, while winners of the championship will represent the province at the North American Envirothon.

For more information on the Ontario Envirothon Program visit www.forestsontario.ca/education/programs/ontario-envirothon.