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Ontario to host 2016 North American Envirothon

Tuesday, November 24th 2015 9:34:33am

Forests Ontario welcomes students from across North America to compete in environmental competition

(TORONTO, ON, November 24, 2015) - Today, Forests Ontario is thrilled to announce that Peterborough, Ontario has been selected as the host city for the 2016 North American Envirothon. The 2016 competition will mark the first time Ontario has been selected as the host jurisdiction for the North American Envirothon.

From July 24th to 29th, more than 600 students, teachers and volunteers from across North America will travel to Trent University and Fleming College campuses to compete for the North American Envirothon championship.

Online registration is now open for the 2016 Ontario Envirothon. High school teachers across Ontario are invited to register teams in this unique province-wide program. This program will take students outdoors beyond the classroom to learn more about Ontario’s natural ecosystems and build their skills as future environmental leaders.

"The North American Envirothon offers an important opportunity for youth to connect with nature and hone their skills in environmental sciences," said Rob Keen, CEO of Forests Ontario. “Peterborough will make an excellent location and it will be a phenomenal opportunity to showcase what Ontario has to offer, from amazing tourism to world-class environmental education opportunities.”

Leading up to the 2016 North American Envirothon in July, students from across Ontario will compete in the regional and provincial Envirothon. Winners of the Ontario championship will be joined by the winners from other provinces and U.S. states who will then compete at the North American Envirothon.

Ontario Envirothon teams register through the online registration form available at www.forestsontario.ca. Registration is $350 (including HST) per team of five students. Teams registered before February 15th, 2016, receive 10% off registration costs by using promo code OE2016. Fundraising kits are available for schools.

2016 North American Envirothon Timeline
April 2016 - Regional championship - across Ontario
May 29 - June 1 - Provincial championship - Fleming College - Lindsay, ON
July 24-26 - North American championship - Trent University and Fleming College - Peterborough, ON


About Envirothon
Created in 1979, the Envirothon is a hands-on environmental problem-solving competition and team building and leadership experience for high school students in the U.S. and Canada. The Envirothon works in partnership with conservation professionals, schools and cooperating natural resource agencies to organize and conduct competitions on the local, regional, state, and/or provincial level. Winning teams from each state and province advance to an international North American Envirothon event for an opportunity to compete for recognition, scholarships and prizes. Learn more at www.envirothon.org.

About Ontario Envirothon
Since 1994, the Ontario Envirothon has connected more than 10,000 Ontario students to the outdoors. As one of Forests Ontario's premiere education programs, Ontario Envirothon encourages students to venture outdoors and learn about environmental management in a fun and informative setting that inspires a passion for nature. Learn more at www.ontarioenvirothon.on.ca.

About Forests Ontario
Forests Ontario is the voice for our forests. Working to promote a future of healthy forests sustaining healthy people, Forests Ontario is committed to the re-greening of Ontario through tree planting efforts on rural lands and in urban areas, as well as the renewal and stewardship of Ontario's forests through restoration, education and awareness. Visit www.forestsontario.ca or follow us @Forests_Ontario.

Invasive Species - 2016 North American Envirothon Theme
Invasive species pose a serious threat to the stability of many North American ecosystems. Invasive species have been known to disrupt food webs, damage or destroy habitat and contribute to the decline of native species at risk. In addition to their environmental impact, invasive species can have a significant impact on local economies. Envirothon students will spend the next year learning about these impacts and the role that we have in ensuring our ecosystems remain healthy. A Study Guide has been developed with support from Sustainable Forestry Initiative that outlines key topics and issues that students will explore over the next year.

For more information, photos or to arrange an interview please contact:

Shelley McKay
Director of Communications & Development
Forests Ontario
E: smckay@forestsontario.ca
P: 416.646.1193 ext. 232
C: 416.619.0783