Twenty-three provincial high schools participate in 2008 Ontario Envirothon Championships on May 7

May 2nd, 2008 2:29 PM

Backgrounder:
2008 Ontario Envirothon Championships


The following teams have won at the regional level and will advance to the Ontario Envirothon Championships to be held May 7 to 10 at Tim Horton Onondaga Farms in St. George. The top team from the Ontario Championships will be announced on May 10 and will go on to represent our province at the Canon Envirothon where they will compete for educational scholarships.

Tim Hortons is the lead corporate sponsor of this years Envirothon.


Participating Schools                                            

Parry Sound High School (Parry Sound, ON)                                        
West Hill Secondary School (Owen Sound, ON)                              
F.J. McElligott Secondary School (Mattawa, ON)                          
Waterloo Collegiate Institute (Waterloo, ON)                                    
Grand River Collegiate Institute (Kitchener, ON)                                            
University of Toronto Schools (Toronto, ON)                                      
Mackenzie High School (Deep River, ON)                                  
St. Peter's Catholic Secondary School (Barrie, ON)                                  
St. Michael Catholic High School (Kemptville, ON)                                
Lakeshore Catholic High School (Port Colborne, ON)                              
North Dundas District High School (Chesterville, ON)                            
Highland Secondary School (Dundas, ON)                                  
Marymount Academy (Sudbury, ON)                                          
Courtice Secondary School (Courtice, ON)                                        
Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School (Peterborough, ON)                            
Temiskaming District Composite School (Temiskaming, ON)                          
Sir James Dunn Collegiate and Vocational School (Sault Ste.Marie, ON)            
Newmarket High School (Newmarket, ON)                                    
Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate and Vocational School (Thunder Bay, ON)                  
North Hastings High School (Bancroft, ON)                                        
St. Joseph's High School (St. Thomas, ON)                                        
Carleton Place High School (Carleton Place, ON)                                  
South Huron District High School (Exeter, ON)                                            

Ontario Envirothon:

The team sport for environmental smarts
Envirothon reaches over 5,000 Ontario students each year.
Envirothon gets students outdoors to experience nature first hand and hands on.
Envirothon inspires youth to take an active role in environmental issues.
Envirothon uses field testing to develop critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and communication skills.
High school students from 22 Regions across Ontario compete in teams of five for top prize in a provincial environmental competition.
The theme for the 2008 Ontario Envirothon Championship is Leave Only Footprints.
Top team from the Ontario Envirothon Championships will go on to represent Ontario at the Canon Envirothon, a North American competition to be held in Arizona this July.
                                        
2008 Ontario Envirothon Championships:

Event: 2008 Envirothon Opening Ceremonies
Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Time: 6:00-6:30 pm
Media Meeting Place: Tim Horton Onondaga Farms, 264 Glen Morris Road East, St. George, ON


Highlights:

The Honourable Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources and His Worship Ron Eddy, Mayor of Brant County, will welcome over 100 high school students from across Ontario to the 2008 Ontario Envirothon Championships. The students will be piped into the opening ceremonies at the Tim Hortons Eco-Centre by youth members of the Port Dover Pipe Band.

Event: Legacy Tree Planting and Sign Unveiling
Date: Thursday, May 8, 2008
Time: A 12:00 pm photo opportunity of sign unveiling and ceremonial tree planting.
Media Meeting Place: Beach area at Pinehurst Conservation Area, 489 Pinehurst Road, Ayr, Ontario


Highlights:

Over 100 students from across Ontario will plant native trees and prairie plants to give back to their host community of Brant County. A permanent sign will be unveiled at the Pinehurst Conservation Area to commemorate the 2008 Ontario Envirothon Championships.

Event: Envirothon Eco-Station Testing
Date: Friday, May 9, 2008
Time: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Media Meeting Place: Tim Horton Onondaga Farms, 264 Glen Morris Road East, St. George, ON


Highlights:

Over 100 students from across Ontario will compete in a series of outdoor and hands-on field tests to challenge their environmental smarts. Photo opportunities are available with high school students in an array of forest and wetland landscapes

Event: Youth Presentation Finals with VIP Judges
Date: Saturday, May 10, 2008
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Media Meeting Place: Tim Horton Onondaga Farms, 264 Glen Morris Road East, St. George, ON


Highlights:

High school students will present a dynamic and engaging solution to a real day environmental issue facing Ontario. Students have 10 minutes to present their solution to a panel of expert judges in front of their fellow competitors. The top presentation is announced at 4:30 pm.

Event: Closing Ceremonies
Date: Saturday, May 10, 2008
Time: 7:30-8:30 pm
Media Meeting Place: Tim Horton Onondaga Farms, 264 Glen Morris Road East, St. George, ON


Highlights:

The 2008 Ontario Envirothon Champions are announced along with winners of 12 other categories.

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Media Contact:  

Carla Grant
Executive Director
Ontario Forestry Association

PH: 416-493-4565
Cell: 416-435-2349


Ontario Envirothon is a program of the Ontario Forestry Association (OFA), a non-profit, registered charity dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of Ontario's forests, and to developing stewardship of forest ecosystems. Visit www.oforest.on.ca