The Kent Conservation District recently received a Mid-Del Foundation grant in support of the annual Delaware Envirothon, an environmental education challenge sponsored by the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts, or DACD, in which teams of Delaware high school students compete for scholarships and awards.

DACD partners with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Division of Watershed Stewardship, working with landowners and managers to implement agricultural and urban/suburban conservation plans.

The Kent Conservation District was among 29 local organizations receiving grants from the Mid-Del Foundation, the charitable arm for Harrington Raceway and Casino, at the foundation’s 17th annual grant luncheon Nov. 12 in the casino’s gold room.

During the Delaware Envirothon, five-member teams test their practical knowledge and application of environmental science in the categories of aquatic ecology, forestry, soils- and land-use, wildlife, air quality and a current environmental issue, along with their public speaking skills. The state champion team goes on to represent Delaware in a national competition.

The Envirothon’s goals include promoting environmental awareness and stewardship; developing students' critical thinking, cooperative problem solving and decision-making skills; presenting balanced options for management of renewable and non-renewable natural resources; and providing awareness of and accessibility to resource organizations offering assistance in environmental issues.

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