DENVER — Students from four schools recently represented the San Luis Valley at the Colorado state Envirothon competition held in Denver on April 25-26th.
Envirothon is an international and national environmental science competition that focuses on natural resource management topics. This year, teams from Del Norte High School, Center High School, Centennial High School, and Mountain Valley High School prepared throughout the year to be tested in the topics of Forestry, Wildlife, Soil Health & Land Use, Aquatic Ecology, and the current issue for 2017, Agricultural Stewardship and Water Conservation.
Ten teams from across the state competed. San Luis Valley teams prepared for competition by studying with their coaches and by participating in workshops held throughout the year and facilitated by the Rio Grande Watershed Conservation & Education Initiative (RGWCEI). These workshops featured presentations and hands-on learning from outdoor professionals from Colorado State University Forest Service, Trinchera Ranch, Trout Unlimited, the Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project, NRCS, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, and the USDA.
Workshops are made possible by sponsors such as Saguache County, the Trinchera Blanca Foundation, and the Rio Grande Watershed Association of Conservation Districts. RGWCEI and the schools are privileged to partner with these organizations that enhance student experiential learning.
The participating team members for the San Luis Valley were:
Center HS - John Whitinger, coach
Del Norte HS - Kevin Hintz, coach
Centennial HS - Robert Quintana, Clara Adams, coaches
Mountain Valley School - Yvonne Morfitt, coach
Caption: Students capture and identify macroinvertebrates from Culebra Creek. Courtesy photo