On Monday, April 15th, ten teams of highschool students from Gananoque, Athens, Elgin & Brockville came together to participate in Envirothon 2013. This year's event took place at the Limerick Forest Interpretive Centre. Envirothon is a one day event where highschool students can learn about various environmental topics, take part in quizzes and compete for the winning title. Envirothon gets highschool students outside and allows them to experience nature first hand.
Limerick Forest offers a wide array of habitats from which to study. The students were able to take part in four sessions at a diverse range of ecosystem locations. The sessions involved studying wetlands (led by Shaun Thompson), tree identification (led by Linda Touzin), species at risk (led by Tim Wood) and forest inventory (led by John Wilson & Rob Ross). Each session had a quiz at the end and the teams competed for the most points. Congratulations to the winning team from Rideau District High School in Elgin!
The event was hosted by the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville at the Limerick Forest Interpretive Centre in partnership with the Frontenac Arch Biosphere, Leeds & Grenville Stewardship Council, and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
For more information about Envirothon, click here.
Celebrated every April 22, Earth Day is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide. More than 6 million Canadians join 1 billion people in over 170 countries in staging events and projects to address local environmental issues. Nearly every school child in Canada takes part in an Earth Day Activity (visit www.earthday.ca for more details).
To celebrate earth day, over 70 grade five students from across the Frontenac Arch Biosphere came together at the Landon Bay Centre this past Friday. Through hands-on activities put on by the FAB Environmental Education Network students enjoyed sessions where they learned how to explore and appreciate nature from different perspectives.
Through music, art, games, hiking and presentations, students learned how to be better stewards of the earth. At the end of the day each school received a tree to plant in their schoolyard on Earth Day and each student took home a birdhouse for their yard. The students were also encouraged to share the information they learned with their classmates and friends.
The Frontenac Arch Biosphere is thankful for the help of all the volunteers, as well as parents and teachers, who helped make this event a huge success.
It is beautiful weather outside and the perfect time of year to get out your bikes. The songbirds are tuning up their vocal chords, which means that it is also a good time for you to tune up your bike and hit the road!
Cycling is a great way to stay in shape, explore the region, and to enjoy the outdoors. There are tons of great cycle routes and areas to explore by bike within FAB. From a casual and relaxed ride on winding country roads to an off-road adventure on the cross-country trails- FAB has it all!
Before you head out on your adventure make sure to get your bike tuned up at a local bike shop. Remember to wear a helmet, and bring water and healthy snacks with you if you are going on a long ride. While you are out on your adventure, plan to stop by a FAB Local Flavours member for a refreshing break.
Check out our Cycle the Arch section at www.frontenacarchbiosphere.ca to find cycle routes for all types of cyclists and information about your favourite local bike shop.