WASHINGTONVILLE - The Conservation Districts of Northumberland, Snyder, Columbia, Montour, and Union counties will sponsor the 16th annual Susquehanna Valley Middle School Envirothon Wednesday. Approximately 200 seventh- and eighth-grade students from area schools will compete at the PPL Montour Preserve in Washingtonville. The program will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. with an awards presentation. This educational event will test the students' knowledge of soils, aquatics, forestry and wildlife at various stations.

Prior to taking each station's test, an educational presentation is given to reinforce awareness of the study materials. A post-test review will identify what was tested in each of the study areas. A discovery station will provide a non-testing opportunity for attendees to learn about snowy owls and will be led by Jon Beam, senior naturalist of PPL's Montour Preserve. The top scoring teams will be recognized along with the highest scoring team at each station.

A variety of representatives from the PA Bureau of Forestry, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, PA Game Commission and county Conservation Districts provide the tests and assistance at each station. The Envirothon program is designed to heighten environmental awareness in each student, test their knowledge and understanding of natural resource issues, and produce environmentally-responsible adults. Pennsylvania is the birthplace of the Envirothon.