Canon Envirothon coming to HWS – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Canon Envirothon coming to HWS

High school students and advisers from across two countries to be here for a week

President Mark D. Gearan recently announced that Hobart and William Smith Colleges have been selected as the site of the 2007 Canon Envirothon, which will bring 300 top high school students and another 200 to 300 team advisers, guests and resource professionals to campus for a week this summer.

“We are delighted to be welcoming so many bright, promising students to Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Gearan said. “The Finger Lakes – and our own Finger Lakes Institute – offer numerous ways for these students to learn about the world around them, and our faculty and staff are pleased to be a part of that. I look forward to welcoming the team members to campus in July.

Canon U.S.A. has sponsored North America’s largest high school environmental education competition since 1997. The Canon Envirothon, dedicated to environmental education and conservation, encourages students to learn more about our natural resources through exposure to basic resource management and ecological principles.

“The Colleges, on the shores of Seneca Lake – the largest and deepest of the 11 Finger Lakes -are an ideal location for this educational competition, which will have ‘New York Tap-estry’ as its theme, emphasizing the waterways and water resources available in Empire State, said Eileen Dyson Peterson, Information Outreach Coordinator for the Canon Envirothon.

When they arrive on campus, the 50-plus teams of five students each, representing states and Canadian provinces, will compete in a hands-on competition testing their knowledge of natural resource conservation in the areas of soils/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and a current environmental issue. The tests are written and administered by volunteer resource professionals in the topic areas. The testing stations will be located at a nature area to be disclosed the day of the testing, to ensure that no team has an unfair advantage.

Sandy Huey, Chairperson of the 2007 Canon Envirothon Host Committee, stated “The first item completed after the host site selection was to choose a current issue topic. In the current environment of dependency on foreign oil and depleting fossil fuels, we chose alternative/renewable energy as our current issue topic.

“Simultaneously, we are securing the test writers, developing resource material, writing the oral presentation scenario, and planning educational activities for the students and advisers. Volunteers are needed for the event. If you are interested, call Eileen Dyson Peterson at (315) 568-5979.

Clay Burns, Canon Envirothon Executive Director, said, “This location will present a unique learning experience for those involved and will expose the students to a challenging ecosystem and habitat.

For more information about the Canon Envirothon, call Peterson at (315) 568-5979.