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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

'Competing' for a Love of the Outdoors in New York

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is not just about elk. It’s about enhancing our hunting heritage and instilling a love of the outdoors with the next generation. That’s why RMEF co-sponsored the Leatherstocking Envirothon in Otsego County, New York, each of the last two years. RMEF volunteers in New York raised the money through membership drives and banquet fundraising to assist other partners in helping pay for the event. 

If you’re not familiar with it, Envirothon is a scholastic competition for high school students with a unique approach to environmental education. Its mission is to develop knowledgeable, skilled, and dedicated citizens who are willing and prepared to work toward achieving a balance between the quality of life and the quality of the environment. Envirothon tests students’ knowledge on five natural resources topics: soils and land use, aquatics ecology, forestry, wildlife, and current environmental issues. Teams from school districts across the country compete outdoors where cooperation and teamwork is needed to achieve success. The winning teams advance to state competition and the winner there advances to the national competition that reaches more than 500,000 students across North America. 
Oneonta High School
The 2013 Leatherstocking Envirothon took place at the Gilbert Lake State Park in Lauren, NY. Oneonta High School won the local competition for the fifth year in a row. While only one team sports the title of “champion,” all participants are winners because everyone came away with a better appreciation of the world around them and how they can make a difference for its future. 

And that’s something all of us, RMEF included, can be proud of!

(By the way, the New York state champions, Mount Academy in Esopus, N.Y., also won the national crown. Massachusetts finished second followed by Missouri, New Hampshire and Mississippi.)

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