On Feb. 2 about 100 students from Manatee and Sarasota county schools competed at Oscar Scherer State Park in the Manasota Regional Envirothon, an annual outdoor team competition where students demonstrate their knowledge of aquatics, forestry, soils and wildlife. The focus of this year’s competition was “Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship.”
This year’s competition included a new challenge for students — identifying animal skull, scat and track replicas during the wildlife exam.
The top-finishing team from each county will advance to the state-level Envirothon, which will be held at the Myakka River State Park in Sarasota in April. The ‘Flying Monkeys’ from Manatee High School took first place among the Manatee County schools and will advance, and Team ‘Sandhill Cranes’ from Riverview High School placed first for Sarasota County.
Six Manatee County teams and 11 Sarasota teams competed in the event.
The event was sponsored by the Manatee River Soil and Water Conservation District and the Sarasota Soil and Water Conservation District.