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Noble Foundation Set to Host 2016 Oklahoma Envirothon

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:28:01 CDT

Noble Foundation Set to Host 2016 Oklahoma Envirothon The 2016 Oklahoma Envirothon state competition will be held Friday, April 1, at The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, but now is the time to sign up and begin preparations. Noble Academy, the Noble Foundation's youth education and outreach program, will host the competition.

The Oklahoma Envirothon challenges teams from high schools across Oklahoma in a winner-take-all, science-based competition that focuses on natural resources and environmental issues. "This competition is an exciting, fun way for students to learn about the environment and the challenges facing current and future generations," said Frank Hardin, Ph.D., Noble Academy education outreach manager. "The Oklahoma Envirothon will demonstrate the role we have in important environmental issues through in-class curriculum and hands-on field experiences."

Schools will assemble a five-person team, which then will study resource materials to learn the fundamentals of natural resources management in five areas of study: aquatic ecology, forestry, soils and land use, wildlife, and a special topic. The resource materials are available on the website at www.oklaenvirothon.org.

By working alongside natural resource professionals and scientists, students will:

-- Learn about soil structure, interpret maps, and evaluate land forms and soil characteristics that affect agriculture and development issues.

-- Asses the quality of delicate aquatic ecosystems, identify aquatic organisms, manage watersheds and determine nonpoint source pollution.

-- Develop an understanding of the practices for maintaining healthy forest ecosystems and learn the basics of species identification, forest structure and dynamics, as well as management approaches.

-- Learn about animal populations, their dynamics and the importance of habitat conservation.

-- Explore the facets of current environmental issues and illustrate the complexity of real-life environmental decisions.

Students will have the opportunity to travel to different parts of Oklahoma and work with experts in each of the areas to address real-life environmental issues affecting the state, gain new perspectives about the world and learn about potential careers.

The Oklahoma Envirothon state competition will include written challenges, presentations and field experiences. Noble Academy will sponsor the winners of the state competition to travel to and compete in the international competition in Ontario, Canada.

A completed team packet must be submitted and postmarked no later than Friday, March 4, 2016. For more information and to register, please visit www.oklaenvirothon.org. For questions, please contact Frank Hardin, Ph.D., at cfhardin@noble.org or Will Moseley at wamoseley@noble.org.        




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