Outreach Program, Greene County Conservation District, Greene County Government, Pennsylvania

Outreach Activities, Greene County Conservation District
As part of the Greene County Conservation District, our Education & Leadership Programs and our Outreach Activities play a very important part to the district and into our local communities and school districts. We offer various programs to assist our youth and others interested in conservation and science throughout Greene County.





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Conservation Education and Outreach Activities

Lisa Snider, Conservation District Manager

Contact Person: Becky Salosky, Fiscal Officer


Ben Franklin Building, Suite 204
22 West High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5278 / Fax: 724-852-5341
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m., Monday—Friday


As part of the Greene County Conservation District, our Education & Leadership Programs and our Outreach Activities play a very important part to the district and into our local communities and school districts. We offer various programs to assist our youth and others interested in conservation and science throughout Greene County. 2012 marked the 25th anniversary of the Greene County Envirothon, where several folks and students become involved. The following programs (listed in no preferential order) are offered to residents of Greene County.

June 22, 2017 — Improving our Communities and Protecting our Streams

The Conservation Districts of Greene and Washington Counties partnered in an outreach event at the Rotary Park in California, PA. Jose’ Taracido, of Partners for Fish and Wildlife, led municipal leaders from both counties on a walking tour of a recently completed streambank restoration project. This video was made during the tour. It highlights multiple outcomes of this project, including; stabilization of eroded stream banks, reduced water pollution, increased habitat for aquatic species and increased recreational use of the park. Encouraging similar projects in collaboration between municipalities, Conservation Districts and groups like Partners for Fish and Wildlife is a great way to improve our communities and protect our streams."

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Carmichaels team wins Greene County Envirothon
FOR RELEASE — May 4, 2017
DILLINER, PA — Sixty high school students from Greene County's five school districts competed in the 30th annual Greene County Envirothon held Wednesday, May 3, at Hunting Hills. Teams of five students tested their environmental knowledge in the areas of soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatics and the 2017 current issue, Agriculture Soil & Water Conservation Stewardship.

Carmichaels Team #1

Pictured, from l. to r., are Tom Headlee and Bill Wentzel, GCCD Board of Directors; Megan Wojtowicz, team advisor; team members Ryan Swartz (10th grade), Christina Adams (9th grade), Kaleb Wilson (12th grade), Joey Kurincak (10th grade) and Brady Watters (12th grade); team advisor Kevin Willis; Ellen Rossi, EQT Foundation; Mike Belding and Bradley Eisiminger, GCCD Board of Directors; and Sally and Roy Sisler, Hunting Hills.

Carmichaels #2 Team

Pictured, from l. to r., are Tom Headlee and Bill Wentzel, GCCD Board of Directors; Megan Wojtowicz, team advisor; team members Jacob Hair (10th grade), Victoria Sullivan (9th grade), Finnegan Dobosh (10th grade), Steven Zacoi (10th grade) and Emily Zacoi (9th grade); team advisor Kevin Willis; Ellen Rossi, EQT Foundation; Mike Belding and Bradley Eisiminger, GCCD Board of Directors; and Sally and Roy Sisler, Hunting Hills.

Carmichaels #3 Team

Pictured, from l. to r., are Tom Headlee and Bill Wentzel, GCCD Board of Directors; Megan Wojtowicz, team advisor; team members Amaris Diamond (9th grade), Bradley Walker (9th grade), Katelyn Sinn (11th grade), Cole Newland (9th grade) and Alexis Feather (9th grade); team advisor Kevin Willis; Ellen Rossi, EQT Foundation; Mike Belding and Bradley Eisiminger, GCCD Board of Directors; and Sally and Roy Sisler, Hunting Hills.]

Carmichaels Team #1 won this year's competition with a score of 452 points out of a possible 500 points. Team members Christina Adams, Joseph Kurincak, Ryan Swartz, Brady Watters and Kaleb Wilson with team advisors Kevin Willis and Megan Wojtowicz will represent Greene County at the PA Envirothon, which is scheduled for May 23 and 24 at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown in Cambria County.

Carmichaels Team #2, consisting of students Finnegan Dobosh, Jacob Hair, Victoria Sullivan, Emily Zacoi and Stephen Zacoi with advisors Willis and Wojtowicz, earned second place with a score of 402.

The third-place team was Carmichaels Team #3, which included students Amaris Diamond, Alexis Feather, Cole Newland, Katelyn Sinn and Bradley Walker with advisors Willis and Wojtowicz. The team earned 377 points.

The Greene County Envirothon is organized each year by the Greene County Conservation District and is funded through various donations and grants including EQT Foundation, Community Foundation of Greene County, PA Envirothon, Hunting Hills, Dominion Energy, Mark IV, Southside Deli and Rice Energy Inc. Each student on the winning team secured a $500 college scholarship funded by donations made by these organizations and the Greene County Conservation District.

In addition to the continued financial support of sponsors and, other partners that made the event successful include Greene County Commissioners Blair Zimmerman, Dave Coder and Archie Trader; Phil Evans and Kimberlee Moninger, U.S.D.A. NRCS; Russ Gibbs, state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry; William Wentzel, Greene County Conservation District; Chuck Kubasik, PA Department of Environmental Protection; Eric Davis, PA Fish and Boat Commission; and Jeremy Febinger and Bill Lubich, PA Game Commission.

For more information on the Greene County Envirothon, call the Greene County Conservation District at 724-852-5278.


Conservation District announces poster winners
FOR RELEASE — May 1, 2017
WAYNESBURG, PA — The Greene County Conservation District announced the winners of this year’s poster and coloring contests during Soil and Water Conservation Week, April 23-29. The contests were open to all Greene County students, pre-K to 8th grade. Both contests offered young people an opportunity to express their views on natural resources and the environment through art.

Posters were judged in four grade-based categories (K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-6th and 7th-8th). The top three entrants in each category received cash prizes, with first place poster from each category advancing to a statewide Pennsylvania Association of Conservation District poster contest later this year.

The theme for this year’s poster contest was, “Healthy Soils are Full of Life.” Entries were judged on their conservation message, visual effectiveness, originality and universal appeal.

Poster contest winners were:
  • 2nd-3rd grade: First place, Leah Ayers, 2nd grade, of Waynesburg Central Elementary.
  • 4th-6th grade: First place, Dayli Barclay, 4th grade; second place, Aidan Snider, 4th grade; and third place, Sydney Fox, 4th grade. All winners were from Waynesburg Central Elementary School.
  • 7th-8th grade: First place, Taelor Montgomery, 7th grade; second place, Brenna Benke, 7th grade; and third place, Naomi Davenport, 7th grade. All winners were from Margaret Bell Miller Middle School.
The coloring contest was open to any child that was pre-K age and enrolled in preschool or lives in Greene County. The top entrants for the coloring contest received bicycles and helmets.

Coloring contest winners were (pictured below):
  • Brennan Baily, 5, of St. Ann’s pre-school; Lilly Kozlowski, 4, of St. Ann’s pre-school; and Ellie Inman, 5, of Crystal’s Children Center.

Brennan Baily & Lilly Kozlowski

Ellie Inman
Poster Contest Winners

Leah Ayers

(2nd-3rd grade category)


1st place, Dayli Barclay; 2nd place, Aidan Snider; & 3rd place, Sydney Fox

(4th-6th grade category)


1st place, Taelor Montgomery, 2nd place, Brenna Benke, and 3rd place, Naomi Davenport

(7th-8th grade category)

The Conservation District received 68 total entries for the contests. The staff and Board of Directors would like to thank all who participated in this educational opportunity. For more information about programs and future contests, contact the Conservation District at 724-852-5278. Click HERE for May 1, 2017 News Release.

Conservation District promoting Soil and Water Stewardship Week
FOR RELEASE — April 19, 2017
WAYNESBURG, PA — The Greene County Conservation District (GCCD) is celebrating Soil and Water Stewardship Week during April 23-29, 2017. This year's theme is "Healthy Soils are Full of Life." Two additional celebrations during the week include Earth Day and Arbor Day.

In regard of the upcoming celebrations, the GCCD would like to encourage everyone to join a local conservation group, help with a local clean up and get involved with the local groups protecting and enhancing the county’s natural resources.

Soils are an important part of the food chain. Ensuring healthy soils will ensure healthy meals for families. Soils remain a resource that is protected so that local farmers can produce the food we consume. As they work to produce food for the growing population, today’s farmers and ranchers are dedicated to using responsible land-management practices to ensure a sustainable food supply and healthy land and soil for future generations.

This is the GCCD’s 61st year working towards the mission of committing to protection, stewardship and conservation of Greene County’s natural resources to ensure a wise balance between the protection of the environment and the benefit of county landowners. Over the past year, the GCCD Board Members and staff have worked diligently and thoughtfully to promote and protect a diverse range of natural resources within the County. It is the District’s belief that conservation works best when people who live and work in a community come together to collectively manage their natural resources. Valuable partnerships are formed when diversity is brought into the conversation and decision-making process.

The Greene County Commissioners proclaimed April 23-29, 2017, Soil and Water Stewardship Week during their April 19 agenda meeting. The schedule of events for the week include announcing the winners of the school poster contest and pre-K coloring contest, educational events within area schools, outreach through a special edition newsletter and radio spots.
For more information about Stewardship Week and conservation, contact the GCCD at 724-852-5278 or www.co.greene.pa.us/gccd.

Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder; Karlie Wright, GCCD Agricultural Technician; Lindsay Kozlowski, GCCD Environmental Program Specialist; Bill Wentzel, GCCD Board of Directors; April Brummage, GCCD Environmental Program Specialist; Lisa Snider, GCCD District Manager; Commissioner Blair Zimmerman; and Tom Headlee, GCCD Board of Directors Treasurer.


Five Pennsylvania Farms Receive Clean Water Farm Award
NEWS RELEASE — July 27, 2016

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. (PACD) presented the operators of five farms with the Clean Water Farm Award during its annual conference on July 27, 2016 in State College, PA. The honor is awarded annually to farmers who manage their daily farm operations in an environmentally conscious manner that helps to protect Pennsylvania’s water quality.

This year’s award recipients are from Chester, Greene, Lawrence, Union, and York Counties. The 2016 Clean Water Farm Award Recipients for Greene County are:   James A. & Billie Cowell, Jr. of Frosty Springs Farm in Greene County.

The Cowells own Frosty Springs Farm in Waynesburg, PA, which has 130 beef cattle, 170 acres of cropland, and 156 acres of pasture. BMPs installed on the farm include: rotational grazing, a heavy use area, and a manure storage system. “The Frosty Springs Farm is a prime example of conservation at its best. The Cowell’s have been cooperators with the Greene County Conservation District since settling on the farm in 1978," said the Greene County Conservation District.

Pictured left to right:   PACD President Glenn Seidel, DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell, James and Billie Cowell, and Deputy Secretary at the Dept. of Agriculture Greg Hostetter. Click here for July 27 Press Release).   —> Lisa Snider,



Conservation District honors J. Robert Rice
NEWS RELEASE — April 27, 2016

WAYNESBURG, PA — The Greene County Conservation District honored J. Robert Rice at a dedication ceremony during Soil and Water Conservation Week on Tuesday, April 26 at the Greene County Historical Society Museum. A tri-colored beech tree was planted in recognition of Rice’s fifty years of service to the Greene County Conservation District Board.

Rice was first appointed to the Conservation District Board as a farmer director in 1965 and remains active today as the director emeritus and the Dirt and Gravel Program Quality Assurance board member. Rice’s service to the board includes three years as farmer director, nine years as district treasurer, thirty-three years as district chairman and the past five years as director emeritus.

Rice, a life-long resident of Greene County, operated a 327-acre farm in Gilmore Township, owned and operated the general store in Jollytown, a former Gilmore Township Supervisor, a local historian and a respected voice for the conservation movement both inside and outside the county borders. Rice was involved in many large projects undertaken during his tenure on the board as Chairman and director including: the building of the flood control project PA 647 that protects the city of Wheeling, WV; the development of the Southwest Project Grass; the development of the Greene County soils mapping in the late 70’s; the USGS groundwater study that surveyed drilled water wells in the county; and encouraged the hiring of a full-time district staff to oversee the county’s natural resources.

The Greene County Conservation District Board commends Mr. J. Robert Rice for his many years of service to the community, conservation district and local farmers.

Pictured from l. to r.: Greg Hopkins, Director; Bill Wentzel, Director; Gay Thistle, Associate Director; Thomas Headlee, Director; Jim Cowell, Director; J. Robert Rice, Director Emeritus; Bradley Eisiminger; Chairman; Back Row: Jeff Rode, Associate Director; Bill Cree, Jr., Associate Director

Conservation District to hold free Rain Barrel Workshops
  The Greene County Conservation District in cooperation with the Waynesburg Borough will be holding rain barrel workshops in Waynesburg. These workshops are open to all Greene County residents and are free to attend. One workshop will be held on Thursday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. A second will be held on Saturday, June 11 at 9:30 a.m.

The Conservation District will also be at the Waynesburg Farmers’ Market on Wednesday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer any questions about the use and construction of rain barrels.

Rain barrels collect and store water that falls on roofs. The property owner may then use this water for household activities like watering their gardens. This results in a savings on the property owner’s water bill and also reduces the effects of storm water runoff on our streams and rivers.

Purchasing a pre-manufactured rain barrel can be quite expensive but making one is very easy. Participants in the workshop will construct their very own rain barrel from materials provided by the Conservation District. In addition, the organization will also discuss other good practices that property owners can implement alongside their new rain barrel to reduce runoff, erosion and water pollution.

While the workshop and rain barrel are both free, space is limited, and registration is requested. For more information or to register, call the Conservation District at 724-852-5278, or e-mail gccd.

Financial and other support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. (PACD) through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For more information about PACD, visit www.pacd.org.
 


Greene County Students receive Scholarships


May 4, 2016 | WAYNESBURG, PA — Three Greene County High School Students were awarded full scholarships to Penn State University’s Conservation Leadership School as part of the week-long celebration of Soil and Water Stewardship week. The Conservation District Board of Directors awarded these scholarships based on the merits of essays these and other students submitted. Gabrielle Muilenburg, of Mapletown High School, Ryan Swartz and Stephen Zacoi, both of Carmichaels Area High School were awarded full scholarships at the April 26th Conservation District monthly meeting.

All three scholarships were funded in part by Columbia Pipeline Group and by the Greene County Conservation District. These scholarships will provide these students with a tremendous opportunity and experience they will remember for the rest of their lives.

The Conservation Leadership School is hosted by Penn State each year at the Stone Valley Recreation Area in Petersburg, PA. Students spend one full week learning about the environment and our role as stewards through fun hands-on activities and field trips. For more information about the school, visit their website (http://ecosystems.psu.edu/youth/cls).

The Conservation District is proud to continue the tradition of offering this annual scholarship and believes that this experience will help these young people grow into wise leaders whose decisions will ensure the future of our natural resources in Greene County and beyond.

Pictured from l. to r., Gabrielle Muilenburg, of Mapletown High School, Ryan Swartz and Stephen Zacoi, both of Carmichaels Area High School.

Pennsylvania State Envirothon Challenge


Hundreds of teachers and professionals throughout Pennsylvania guide high school students through this natural resource environmental education program that combines classroom learning and outdoor activities. This exposure to nature and seeing how humans impact the natural world provide invaluable lessons for understanding ecosystems and our environment.

At the Envirothon, teams of five high school students compete in field testing using their knowledge in five topic areas. Envirothon is a fun, academic event that challenges high school students to think critically about the natural world and their role in it. Envirothon combines in-class curriculum and outdoor training helping students to learn more about Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Soil & Land Use, Wildlife, and Current Environmental Issues. A current environmental issue is chosen each year as the "hot topic" for the focus of this station as well as the oral presentation component.

    • Senior Envirothons — This is a fun, academic event where high school students compete in environmental topics. It is the only one in the nation that challenges students to think critically about the natural world and their role in it. The teens who participate in these events will develop the necessary skills to face the adult problems of finding a balance between economic development and preservation and conservation of our natural resources.

    • Junior Envirothons — The Junior Envirothon is very similar to the Senior Envirothon and is for students in 6th through 8th grades. This event gives middle school students the opportunity to work together in teams, gain environmental literacy, problem solve, and meet students from other Greene County School Districts.
Click here for more about Pennsylvania Environthon, it's mission, program goals, objectives, rules and regulations. Enjoy the following information and pictures of our past local envirothons:

  • The 2016 Pennsylvania Envirothon state competition will be held May 24 & 25 at Susquehanna University located in Selinsgrove and Camp Mount Luther in Mifflinburg, PA.
    2016 Pennsylvania State Envirothon - Carmichaels Area High School placed third in competition
The 33rd Pennsylvania Envirothon state competition was held at Susquehanna University and Camp Mount Luther on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 24 and 25, 2016. High school students from 65 Pennsylvania counties participated in this year’s event.

The team representing Greene County from Carmichaels Area High School placed third overall in the 2016 State Envirothon competition. The team had the highest score in the Current Issue station with a 94, second highest Forestry Station score of 91, an Oral Component score of 94.7, and a total score of 522.7 points for the competition, only 25.6 points away from first place. Each team member received a $500 scholarship from the PA Envirothon. For third place, the team was awarded a wooden plaque made from Pennsylvania hardwoods. For the high station score, the team received the Donna Hays Memorial Award plaque along with preserved invasive species specimens and field guides.

The team members include (left to right in photo): Brady Watters, Blake Conard, Emma Lowry, Kaleb Wilson, Kevin Willis, team coach, and Ryan Swartz. This year marks the seventh year in a row and the eighth time overall that the team has placed in the top 5 and the eleventh year in a row that the team has placed in the top 10 at the State Envirothon. The team placed 2nd in 2010 and 2006, 3rd in 2014, and 4th in 2011 and 2015. In 2012 and 2013 the team placed 5th in the State. In 2009, the team placed 7th, in 2008 the team placed 8th, and in 2007 the team placed 10th in the State.

At the Envirothon, five-member teams participate in a series of field station tests that focus on five topic areas – soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and environmental issues. The 2016 current environmental issue focused on Invasive Species. The teams also prepare and deliver oral presentations to panels of judges who evaluate each team on its problem-solving capabilities, oral presentation skills and recommendations to help solve the specific environmental challenge, which relates to the current environmental issue.

Teams participating represent the best and the brightest of the thousands of high school teens who have competed in county Envirothon competitions sponsored by conservation districts from across the state. At the state level, the Envirothon is sponsored by Pennsylvania’s sixty-six county conservation districts, the State Conservation Commission, and the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts. The program is managed by a board of directors representing those sponsors. Technical expertise is provided by the following partners: PA Department of Agriculture, PA Department of Environmental Protection, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, PA Game Commission, PA Fish and Boat Commission, U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the PA Sea Grant. Sponsors and partners of the 2016 Envirothon are Shell Oil Company, PPL Corporation, EQT Foundation, Philadelphia Insurance Companies, Weis, SWN, Chief Oil & Gas LLC, 2005 Canon Envirothon Champion Team Penncrest High School, National Conservation Foundation Envirothon, and Pennsylvania Department of Education. The EQT Foundation, Hershey Company, Dwight Lewis Lumber, Lewis Lumber Products, PPL, and Cargill are corporate station sponsors.

The 2016 Pennsylvania Envirothon champions will represent the Commonwealth at the 28th North American competition planned for July 24 – July 29 at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario Canada. Pennsylvania has won the North American event in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2009. More than 46 states, eight Canadian provinces, and one Canadian territory have initiated Envirothon contests based on the program that was originally developed by Pennsylvania’s conservation districts.

The 2016 Pennsylvania Envirothon champions, scoring 548.3 points of a possible 600, are from Penncrest High School located in Delaware County. The Delaware County team earned the honor to represent Pennsylvania at the NCF-Envirothon North American competition.

Top 10 winners, with scores include: Second Place – Palmyra Area High School, Lebanon County, with a score of 538.7; Third Place – Carmichaels Area High School, Greene County, with a score of 522.7; Fourth Place – Neshaminy High School, Bucks County, with a score of 516.7; Fifth Place – YHSA Homeschoolers, York County, with a score of 512.3; Sixth Place – North East High School, Erie County, with a score of 479.7; Seventh Place – Oley Valley High School, Berks County, with a score of 471.3; Eighth Place – Cumberland Valley High School, Cumberland County, with a score of 461.3; Ninth Place – Pleasant Valley High School, Monroe County, with a score of 453.3; and Tenth Place – Coudersport High School, Potter County, with a score of 453.

The Pennsylvania Envirothon awarded scholarships to the first, second, and third place teams. The scholarships were sponsored by Pennsylvania’s County Conservation Districts and Shell Oil. Each of the top ten teams received a plaque and other prizes. The high station winners, with scores include: Soils/Land Use – Berks County, with a score of 97; Aquatic Ecology – Lebanon County, with a score of 98; Forestry –Delaware County, with a score of 94 (Greene County 2nd highest with 91); Wildlife – Lebanon County, with a score of 81; Current Issue – Greene County, with a score of 94; and Oral Presentation Component – Delaware County, with a score of 96.3. For more information on the Envirothon program, contact your county conservation district or contact the Pennsylvania Envirothon by phone 814-623-7900 ext. 111, Email lsteach@envirothonpa.org, or visit the website at www.envirothonpa.org.
   


Carmichaels team wins 2016 Greene County Envirothon
FOR RELEASE — May 4, 2016
CARMICHAELS, PA — Sixty-five high school students from Greene County’s five school districts competed in the 29th annual Greene County Envirothon held Wednesday, May 4, at Wana B Park in Carmichaels. Teams of five students tested their environmental knowledge in the areas of soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatics and the 2016 current issue, Invasive Species: A Challenge to the Environment, Economy, and Society.

Carmichaels Team #1 won this year’s competition with a score of 429 points out of a possible 500 points. Team members Blake Conard, Emma Lowry, Ryan Swartz, Brady Watters, Kaleb Wilson and team advisor Kevin Willis will represent Greene County at the PA Envirothon, which is scheduled for May 24-25 at the Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove and Camp Mount Luther located in Mifflinburg, PA.

Carmichaels Team #2, consisting of students Finn Dobosh Joey Kurincak, Jacob Hair, Joel Spishock, Stephen Zacoi and advisor Kevin Willis, earned second place with a score of 387.

The third-place team was Carmichaels Team #3, which included students Ashley Jones, Britney Pollock, Keiriel Neel, Chris Ross, Katelyn Sinn and advisor Willis. The team earned 350 points.

1st Place Winners


Pictured, from l. to r., are Anastasia Roof, Columbia Pipeline Group; Steve Morgan, CONSOL Energy; Greene Co. Commissioner Archie Trader; team members Brady Watters-11th, Kaleb Wilson-11th, Emma Lowry-12th, Blake Conard-12th, Ryan Swartz-9th, team advisor Kevin Willis; Mike Belding, GCCD Board of Directors; Bettie Stammerjohn, Community Foundation of Greene County, Bill Wentzel, GCCD Board of Directors

2nd Place Winners

Carmichaels Team #2 won second place at this year’s Greene County Envirothon, organized by the Greene County Conservation District.

Pictured, from l. to r., are Anastasia Roof, Columbia Pipeline Group; Steve Morgan, CONSOL Energy; Greene Co. Commissioner Archie Trader; team members Joey Kurincak-9th, Finn Dobosh-9th, Joel Spishock-11th, Jacob Hair-9th, Stephen Zacoi-9th, team advisor Kevin Willis; Mike Belding and Greg Hopkins, GCCD Board of Directors; Bettie Stammerjohn, Community Foundation of Greene County, Bill Wentzel, GCCD Board of Directors

3rd Place Winners

Carmichaels Team #3 won third place at this year’s Greene County Envirothon, organized by the Greene County Conservation District.

Pictured, from l. to r., are Anastasia Roof, Columbia Pipeline Group; Steve Morgan, CONSOL Energy; Greene Co. Commissioner Archie Trader; team members Ashley Jones-10th, Chris Ross-12th, Keiriel Neel-11th, Britney Pollock-9th, Katelyn Sinn-10th, team advisor Kevin Willis; Mike Belding and Greg Hopkins, GCCD Board of Directors; Bettie Stammerjohn, Community Foundation of Greene County, Bill Wentzel, GCCD Board of Directors

The Greene County Envirothon is organized each year by the Greene County Conservation District and is funded through various donations and grants including Community Foundation of Greene County’s Community Grants Program, EQT Foundation, CONSOL Energy, Columbia Pipeline Group, Spectra Energy, PA Envirothon. Each student on the winning team secured a $500 college scholarship funded by donations made by these organizations and the Greene County Conservation District.

In addition to the continued financial support of sponsors and, other partners that made the event successful include Greene County Commissioners Blair Zimmerman, Dave Coder and Archie Trader; Kimberlee Moninger, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service; Russ Gibbs, state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry; Jeremy Kelly, Greene Co. Planning Commission; Ann Bargerstock, Cumberland Township, Zoning/Code Enforcement; William Wentzel, Greene County Conservation District; Chuck Kubasik, state Department of Environmental Protection; Eric Davis, state Fish and Boat Commission; Jeremy Febinger, WCO and Bill Lubich, state Game Commission; Jake Blaker and Pam Blaker, Greene County Parks and Recreation; Cumberland Township Parks and Recreation Chairman, Ken Ganocy; and Lou Ann Abbadini.

For more information on the Greene County Envirothon, call the Greene County Conservation District at 724-852-5278.


2015 Greene County Envirothon: Fifty-three high school students from four of Greene County’s five school districts competed in the 28th annual Greene County Envirothon held Wednesday, April 29, at Wana B Park in Carmichaels. Teams of five students tested their environmental knowledge in the areas of soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatics and the 2015 current issue, urban and community forestry.

Carmichaels Team #1 won this year’s competition with a score of 418 points out of a possible 500 points. Team members Blake Conard, Ashley Dotson, Emma Lowry, Philip Mikalik and Kaleb Wilson and team advisor Kevin Willis will represent Greene County at the state Envirothon, which is scheduled for May 19-20 at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown and the Windber Recreation Park in Windber, Pa.

Mapletown Team #1, consisting of students Reid Griffin, Ryan Kovach, Luke Pecjak, Garrett Phillips and Abby Shipley and advisors Amber Burkett and Sara London, earned second place with a score of 373.
The third-place team was Carmichaels Team #2, which included students Allie Christopher, Zachary Juliani, Joel Spishock, Brady Watters and Parker Woodring and advisor Willis. The team earned 371 points.

Carmichaels Team #1 won this year’s Greene County Envirothon with a score of 418. The Envirothon is organized by the Greene County Conservation District and funded through the Community Foundation of Greene County. All winning team members will receive a $500 scholarship from Alpha Natural Resources and the Greene County Conservation District.

Pictured in top photo, from l. to r., are Michelle Anderson, Alpha Natural Resources; William Wentzel, GCCD Board of Directors; Greene County Commissioner Chuck Morris; team members Blake Conard, Ashley Dotson, Kaleb Wilson and Emma Lowry; Commissioner Archie Trader; team member Philip Mikalik; team advisor Kevin Willis; Commissioner Blair Zimmerman; Jessica Kearns, CONSOL Energy; and Bettie Stammerjohn, Community Foundation of Greene County.
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Mapletown Team #1 won second place at this year’s Greene County Envirothon, organized by the Greene County Conservation District.

Pictured, from l. to r., are William Wentzel, GCCD Board of Directors; team advisor Sara London; team members Garrett Phillips, Ryan Kovach, Reid Griffin, Luke Pecjak and Abby Shipley; and team advisor Amber Burkett.
 
Carmichaels Team #2 won third place at this year’s Greene County Envirothon, organized by the Greene County Conservation District.

Pictured, from l. to r., are Michelle Anderson, Alpha Natural Resources; team members Brady Watters, Zachary Juliani, Joel Spishock and Allie Christopher; William Wentzel, GCCD Board of Directors; team member Parker Woodring; and team advisor Kevin Willis.

Carmichaels students place at Pennsylvania Envirothon tournament (5/25/2015)

A team of five Carmichaels Area students representing Greene County finished fourth in this year’s Pennsylvania Envirothon held last Tuesday and Wednesday in Johnstown and Windber. The team as shown in the photo, from left to right, included Emma Lowry, team coach Philip Mikalik, Kevin Willis, Kaleb Wilson, Blake Conard and Ashley Dotson. This is the sixth year in a row that the team has placed in fifth or better. High school students from 63 counties across the state participated in this year’s event. (Photo courtesy of Carmichaels Area School District).
The Greene County Envirothon is organized each year by the Greene County Conservation District and is funded through a grant from the Community Foundation of Greene County’s Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program through CONSOL Energy. Each student on the winning team secured a $500 college scholarship funded by Alpha Natural Resources and the Greene County Conservation District.

In addition to the continued financial support of Community Foundation of Greene County, CONSOL Energy and Alpha Natural Resources, other partners that made the event successful include Greene County Commissioners Chuck Morris, Archie Trader and Blair Zimmerman; Greene County Department of Economic Development; Kevin Paul, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Russ Gibbs, state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry; William Wentzel, Greene County Conservation District; Chuck Kubasik, state Department of Environmental Protection; Eric Davis, state Fish and Boat Commission; Jeremy Febinger, Frank Maykuth and Amanda Powell, state Game Commission; Brian Wolyniak, Penn State Extension; and Michelle Anderson, Alpha Natural Resources.


  • 2015 July — Greene County Students attend Conservation Leadership School:
    Greene County High School Students, Kaleb Wilson and Hunter Davis had an opportunity to attend Penn State’s Conservation Leadership School this summer, whose theme for this year was, "Technology and its impact on Natural Environment." Both students earned scholarships offered by the Greene County Conservation School and funded by Alpha Natural Resources.

    Each student spent a week in an outdoor classroom where they learned about natural resource conservation, teamwork, conflict resolution, and leadership while engaging in activities such as hiking, canoeing, bird watching, and fishing.

    Highlights of their week included an opportunity to work on aquatic habitat projects with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, a tour of a both a wind farm and recycling center, and an opportunity to complete the thousand steps at Jack’s Mountain.

    Attending the Conservation Leadership School has equipped these young men to be responsible leaders and stewards as they transition to adulthood and begin to make decisions that affect the future of natural resources in Greene County and beyond.


  • 2014 Greene County Envirothon: Sixty-eight high school students from Greene County’s five school districts competed in the 27th annual Greene County Envirothon held Wednesday, April 30, at Ryerson Station State Park in Wind Ridge. Teams of five students tested their environmental knowledge in the areas of soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatics and the 2014 current issue, sustaining local agriculture and buying locally. Click here for May 2 News Release.

    Carmichaels Team #1 won this year’s competition with a score of 439.5 points out of a possible 500 points. Team members Tyler Crago, Ashley Dotson, Doug Kowalewski, Emma Lowry and Philip Mikalik and team advisor Kevin Willis will represent Greene County at the state Envirothon, which is scheduled for May 20-21 at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa.

    Pictured on left: Mapletown Team #1 won second place at this year’s Greene County Envirothon, organized by the Greene County Conservation District. Pictured, from l. to r., are Tom Headlee and Jim Cowell, GCCD board directors; team members Ryan Kovach, Sara Hlatky, Ried Griffin, Katelyn Kelly and Eric Armel; and team advisors Amber Burkett and Sara London.


    Pictured on right: Carmichaels Team #2 won third place at this year’s Greene County Envirothon, organized by the Greene County Conservation District. Pictured, from l. to r., are Tom Headlee and Jim Cowell, GCCD board directors; team members Connor Spangler, Parker Woodring, Taylor Dodson and Allie Christopher; team advisor Kevin Willis; and team member Blake Conard.

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  • 2013 Carmichaels Team wins Greene County Envirothon:
    WIND RIDGE, PA — Fifty-nine high school students from Greene County’s five school districts competed in the 26th annual Greene County Envirothon held Wednesday, May 1, at Ryerson Station State Park in Wind Ridge. Teams of five students tested their environmental knowledge in the areas of soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatics and the 2013 current issue, grazing lands and pasture management.

    Carmichaels Team #1 won this year’s competition with a score of 390 points out of a possible 500 points. Team members Floretta Chambers, Ashley Dotson, Doug Kowalewski, Mackenzie Metcalf and Philip Mikalik and team advisor Kevin Willis will represent Greene County at the state Envirothon, which is scheduled for May 21-22 at Juniata College in Huntingdon County. Click here for news release.


  • 2012 Greene County Envirothon:
    Greene County Envirothon marks 25th anniversary; Carmichaels team wins first place
    May 15, 2012 | News Release

    WIND RIDGE, PA — Fifty-two high school students from four Greene County school districts competed in the 25th annual Greene County Envirothon held Friday, May 11, at Ryerson Station State Park in Wind Ridge. The students tested their environmental knowledge in the areas of soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatics and the 2012 current issue, low impact development and nonpoint source pollution.

    Due to a scheduling conflict, the date of the 2012 Envirothon has been changed and will be held on May 11, 2012 at Ryerson Station State Park.


  • 2011 Greene County Envirothon:
    A team of students from Carmichaels Area High School took fourth place at the 28th annual Pennsylvania State Envirothon May 24 and 25 at Susquehanna University and Shikellamy State Park. High school students from 66 Pennsylvania counties participated in this year's event. In the state competition, the team scored 493.3 points. In the oral component of the competition, Carmichaels finished third with a score of 96.3. The team received a plaque, wildlife identification book and medallions. The Carmichaels Area team placed first in the county Envirothon, sponsored by the Greene County Conservation District. The team includes teacher and coach Kevin Willis and members Christine Broadwater, Kasey Osborne, Robert Kowalewski, Lucas Cumpston and Samantha May. Click here for 5/31/2011 news release.


  • 2010 Greene County Envirothon:
    May 12, 2010 will mark the 23rd annual Greene County Envirothon, an environmental challenge of knowledge\between the five area school districts — and Charmichaels Area High School took first, second and third place. Thus Carmichaels will represent Greene County at the Pennsylvania Stata Environthon next week at the PPR Montour Preserve at Danville in Montour County, PA. The winning team of the state Environthon will advance to the Canon Environthon in August at Fresno, California State University.

    Eleven teams representing Carmichaels Area, Jefferson-Morgan, Mapletown and Waynesburg Central high schools participated in the all-day event. Envirothon educates students in natural resources and environmental sciences.

    Bringing the Lab to Carmichaels — Josh Kelly, assistant environmental scientist/taxonomist of Wallace and Pancher Inc., Hermitage, recently spoke to more than 50 middle school and high school students at Carmichaels Area High School about careers in environmental fields. Click here for 3/5/2010 news article.


  • 2009 Greene County Envirothon:
    2009 Environthon consisted of a total of fourteen teams participating — an environmental challenge of knowledge between the five area school districts. Held at Ryerson State Park on April 23, 2009 and consisted of five stations that test the teams on their knowledge of environmental issues and test students on habitat, management principles and identification in each topic. The five topis this year were: Aquatics, Wildlife, Soils and Land Use, Forestry, and the special topic: "Biodiversity in a Changing World". This year's Environthon was funded through the Community Foundation of Greene County's Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. This year the Conservation District was able to secrue funds to award the competition winners each with a $500 college scholarship for each team member.



  • 2009 Conservation Leadership School:
    Scholarship Winner — Samantha May, a student at Carmichaels Area High School, is the winner of the Conservation Leadership Scholarship. This scholarship was made possible by contribtuions from PA Services Corporation an affiliate of Foundation Coal. In 2008, Samantha was on the third place team at the Annual Envirothon Competition.


  • 2008 Greene County Envirothon:
    2008 Environthon consisted of a total of fourteen teams participating in the Envirothon, held at Ryerson State Park on May 8, 2008. This contest consists of 5 stations that test the teams on their knowledge of environmental issues and test students on habitat, management principles and identification in each topic. The 5 topics this year were: Aquatics, Wildlife, Soils and Land Use, Forestry, and the special topic: "Recreational Impacts on the Environment". The competition consists of various means of testing the student’s knowledge and understanding of their environment.

    Carmichaels Team 1- Katrina Lawrence, Lindsay Triola, Ethan Virgili, Jonathan Zack and Joesph Lapkowicz and their advisor Kevin Willis took 1st place this year at the county competition and now will move on to the state competition. Carmichaels team 1 won the competition with 405 out of 500 point’s total. The 25th Pennsylvania State Envirothon will take place on May 19 and 20 at the Pennsylvania State University, Centre County. Sixty-five teams of high school students are expected to compete at this year’s event.

    This year’s Envirothon was sponsored by a grant received from the Community Foundation of Greene County PA which was funded by Consol Energy. The event is organized each year by the Greene County Conservation District. This year the Conservation District was able to secure funds to award the competition winners each with a college scholarship of $500 to each team member. The Conservation District would like to thank Foundation Coal for their donation to make this scholarship possible for the students. The Greene County Conservation District would like to thank everyone who participated and made this a successful event and "Good Luck" to the team as they advance to the state competition. Participants were as follows:
    • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Susan Funka-Petery Department of Retired employee of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry, Bill Wentzell
    • Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Tom Crist, WCO
    • Pennsylvania Game Commission, Rodney Burns, WCO - Randy Crago and Joe Stefko
    • Department of Environmental Protection, Chuck Kubasik
    • Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of State Parks, Ryerson Station State Park, Alan Johnson and staff.

Greene County Conservation District Leadership School:

The Greene County Conservation Leadership Scholarship is made possible by contributions from various affiliates, i.e., PA Services Corporation, and affiliate of Foundation Coal; as well as CONSOL and other area organizations and businesses. The GCCD is always thankful and appreciate the support and contributions for this scholarship program that will foster strong, knowledgeable stewards of our local communities, which is an asset to our county and our great country at large.

In June 2012, Penn State hosted the Conservation Leadership School at the end of June and the beginning of July. There are two week-long sessions where students are in a classroom environment that is moved outdoors. Students were given the chance to explore forests, fields, streams, and lakes and had the opportunity to go canoeing, hiking, bird watching, fishing, and do other recreational activities.


Local student wins state poster contest: (Article & Photo Source: Observer-Reporter, published Sep 25, 2013)

The Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts and Greene County Conservation District announced that Janvi Patel of Waynesburg was one of the five state level winners of the National Association of Conservation District’s 2013 "Where Does Your Water Shed?" poster contest.

"It is important to understand where water goes after it rains, after you empty the bathtub or water your garden," said Robert Maiden, PACD executive director. "Contests such as these allow our students to learn more about our water resources and how we need to take care of our fresh water since it gets used over and over again."

To promote this understanding of where water goes, students from kindergarten through 12th grade entered posters conveying their thoughts and ideas through original artwork. Submissions were judged based on the entry’s conservation message, visual effectiveness, originality and universal appeal.

Patel, a student at Margaret Bell Miller Middle School, was the winner in the seventh-to-ninth-grade category. "PACD thanks all of the participants in the contest for their interest and dedication to conservation," said Maiden. "Best wishes to Janvi on the upcoming national judging competition."

For more information about the NACD poster contest, visit www.nacdnet.org/education/contests/poster. FMI about the Greene County Conservation District, call 724-852-5278. (Click on image to enlarge photo)

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Frequently Asked Questions:
  1. Why Participate in the Envirothon?
      Because it is...
      Educational! You will learn about a broad range of environmental topics and compete using your knowledge in five key areas.

      Exciting! The competitive format generates excitement and helps to develop your skills in teamwork, oral presentation, and problem-solving. Your participation will give you tools to become a future leader in helping citizens make informed decisions about how to live in balance with the natural world that surrounds us.

      Fun! Much of the learning takes place through outdoor, hands-on activities from stream hikes to nature centers. Throughout the competitions, you will meet students from other schools and other parts of the country.

  2. Tell me more about the Envirothon?
      Envirothon is a fun, academic event. It challenges high school students to think critically about the natural world and their role in it. Envirothon combines in-class curriculum and outdoor training helping students to learn more about Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Soil & Land Use, Wildlife, and Current Environmental Issues.

      The Pennsylvania Envirothon educates high school students in natural resource and environmental sciences. The program emphasizes the importance of environmental sensitivity while stressing a need to achieve a social, ecologic and economic balance in life. The learning objectives emphasize awareness, knowledge, attitudes and application. The Pennsylvania Envirothon provides future generations with the ability to be better equipped to address the complex natural resource concerns facing today's world as well as the challenges of tomorrow.


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