Audubon Zoo 4-H Wins Louisiana Envirothon Competition

Veronica Del Bianco  |  3/12/2013 11:52:04 PM

The winning team from left to right: Gabriella Lorusso, Paden Ruegge, Marley McInnis, Christopher Dominique II, and Ellie Kravets.

January 5th, 2013, members of the Audubon Zoo 4-H Club traveled to Barataria Preserve for a day of service and fun, hands-on learning experiences. The day began with a service project of picking up litter along the park road. Bottles and cigarette butts were the most common trash discovered. After lunch, youth participated in a tree identification hike with Ranger Stacy of the National Park Service. The trip concluded with a dip netting and macroinvertebrate identification lesson with their Club President, Ellie.

On Saturday, March 9th, 2013, members of the Audubon Zoo 4-H Club competed in teams of five at the Louisiana Envirothon competition. The Audubon Hufflelopterapters, consisting of team members Ellie Kravets, Paden Ruegge, Gabriella Lorusso, Marley McInnis, and Christopher Dominique II, won first place and will go on to represent the state of Louisiana at the North American Envirothon in Montana this August.

Audubon’s Team Gus members Jack Ferro, Misty Chance, Cameron Armand, Cade Arbour, Madeline Trosclair won 3rd place overall. Winning first place in Forestry, were Audubon members Camille Moss, Carlos Smith, Jeremy Baudy, Sloan Livaccari, Joey Dupepe. Also competing were Audubon Zoo 4-H Club members Peyton Brown, Emmett Kitchens, Nathan Kelley, Emily Munch, and Faith Adams.

The Louisiana Envirothon is a multidisciplinary, environmental problem-solving competition for students in grades 6 - 12. Teams train and compete by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management. The competition focuses on five natural resource areas: soils and land use, aquatic resources, forestry, wildlife, and a current environmental issue. The winning high school team goes on to represent Louisiana at the North American Envirothon, the continent’s largest high school environmental education competition.

Envirothon’s Mission

  • Promote a desire to learn more about the natural environment and equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to apply the basic principles and practices of resource management and ecology to complex environmental issues.
  • Promote stewardship of natural resources and to encourage the development of the critical thinking, cooperative problem-solving, and decision-making skills required to achieve and maintain a natural balance between the quality of life and the quality of the environment.
  • Provide students with experience in environmentally-oriented activities, enabling them to become environmentally-aware, action-oriented citizens.

The Audubon Zoo 4-H Club meets every other week throughout the school year to explore techniques and careers in the environmental sciences in a relaxed and fun setting.

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