Envirothon workshop planned in Upshur

The Tygarts Valley Conservation District will host a West Virginia Envirothon training workshop March 21 at Camp Mahonegan, the Boy Scout Camp off U.S. 33 in Upshur County.

Registration will be from 8:30 to 9 a.m., and the workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The mission of the West Virginia Envirothon is to help young people develop the skills, knowledge and desires necessary to achieve and maintain a balance between the quality of life and the quality of the environment. The Envirothon is a conservation education program and competition for students in grades nine through 12.

The program encourages students to work as a team to acquire natural resource knowledge and critical thinking skills. By participating in the Envirothon program, students will learn about West Virginia’s diverse ecosystem and how they can help conserve and protect it for future generations.

The West Virginia Envirothon focuses on five subject areas: forestry, soils, aquatics, wildlife and a current environmental topic. Each competition occurs outdoors, allowing the students a chance to work and learn in a real-world setting, guided by environmental professionals.

The 2013 competition is set for April 18-19 at the Wood County 4-H Camp. More information is available at www.wvca.us/envirothon.

All advisors, teachers and students who would like to know more about Envirothon and receive training for the April competition are invited to attend the March 21 training workshop.

Registration is requested by March 12 by calling the Tygarts Valley Conservation District at 304-457-3026. Lunch will be provided. Before coming to the training day, students should be somewhat familiar with the Envirothon by reviewing the website mentioned above.