The Belfast Area High School Envirothon team earned second place in the 2010 Mid Coast Regional Envirothon held at Unity College May 21. In their first time competing in the science-based event were team members Lydia Rocheleau, Kelly Walker and Stephen Colby. They competed against 12 other teams in a series of tests that challenged their knowledge on natural resources and a current events issue. The team’s adviser is David Thomas of the science/mathematics department at BAHS.

Sponsored by the Maine Association of Conservation Districts, Canon Envirothon is an international competition where students must answer questions and solve hands-on problems at five outdoor stations: wildlife, forestry, soils, aquatics and this year’s current events issue, “Protection of groundwater through urban agricultural and environmental planning.”

Along with BAHS in second place, Nokomis High School took first place, third place winners were Ellsworth High School and in fourth place was Bonnie Eagle High School Team B. All four teams will participate in the Maine State Envirothon competition, vying to participate in the national event, which will take place from Aug. 1-7  at the University of California in Merced.

Combining in-class curriculum and hands-on field experiences, Envirothon offers students a wide range of supplemental environmental education, building critical thinking and decision-making skills, knowledge and training in resource management, and opportunities in environmental studies.

To learn more about the Canon Envirothon, North America’s largest high school environmental education competition, visit the Web site envirothon.org or contact Waldo County SWCD Education Coordinator Denise Blanchette at education@waldosoilandwater.org or 338-1964, ext. 3.