The annual Grey Bruce Regional Envirothon field competition was held at MacGregor Point Provincial Park on April 23 and featured two high school teams from Alliston, one from St. Mary’s, two from Lions Head, and two elementary teams, one from Derby and one from Lion’s Head.

Hosted by Craig Todd, Ministry of Natural Resources, in partnership with Stewardship Grey Bruce, the County of Bruce, the Bruce County Woodlot Association and local volunteers, teams competed in a series of activities designed to increase the students’ understanding of basic science concepts in the areas of forestry, wildlife, aquatic ecology and soil, and current environmental issues.

“The program, which is geared to Grades 9-12, is designed to increase the students’ awareness of the natural balance and the complexity of environmental ecosystems, while providing them with the opportunity to experience differing views and concepts,”

Todd said.

“Since Envirothon was first introduced in Grey/Bruce in 1997 we’ve sent a provincial-winning team to the North American competition six times, which is more than any other region in Ontario.”

Volunteers mark and grade the students based on how well they complete a series of outdoor activities and questionnaires. The team with the highest score in the competition is the regional winner and goes on to compete in the 2014 Ontario Envirothon Championship, which was held in mid-May.

“We recognize the importance of our natural surroundings and continue to support and promote initiatives that encourage environmental stewardship and awareness at work and in schools and the community,”

said Francis Chua, Bruce Power’s Environment and Sustainability Manager.

“We’re extremely pleased to be a part of this event and to help support programs for youth that encourage environmental responsibility.”