Five-member teams of high school students from the region will have to think "green" as they head into the woods to the ponds and across the meadows at Case Western Reserve University's Squire Valleevue Farm, 37125 Fairmount Blvd. in Hunting Valley, for the regional 2007 Canon Envirothon, sponsored by the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District. Approximately 285 students will have 30 minutes at each station to complete activities and answer questions in areas related to soils, forestry, aquatic ecology, wildlife, and this year's current environmental issue of "Alternative Energy." The timed events take place on Wednesday, April 25, beginning at 10 a.m,
Teams will visit stations set up throughout the farm to tests a team's knowledge and problem-solving abilities about complex environmental and natural resource issues. The team with the highest score becomes the regional winner.
The university farm event is one of five regional competitions in Ohio. Winning regional teams advance to vie for the state title during the 2007 Canon Envirothon, June 10-12, at Ohio Wesleyan University. The Envirothon is sponsored by the Ohio Federation of Soil Conservation Districts in cooperation with Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Ohio's winners will then go on to the national 2007 Canon Envirothon at Hobart & William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y., July 29 to August 4.
"The university is excited to host this event at the farm, which is used as a teaching facility for many high school science teachers during the summer," said Case biologist Ana Locci, who manages the farm.
The farm is ideal for an environmental competition with its 389 acres of such diverse properties as deciduous forests, ravines, meadows, ponds, waterfalls and a self-contained natural watershed. The land is used for biology classes and as a research facility for environmental and plant studies.
To learn more about the event, contact Pat Hughes at the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District at 216-524-6580 ext. 15 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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