The Franklin County Conservation District is proud to host the Envirothon each year for high school students in our area.  This is a great educational field trip for students interested in nature.  Students are asked to accept the natural challenge.  The challenge is to work in teams of five to test their knowledge of environmental and natural resources.  The top ranked team will move on to represent the county at the state competition, where college scholarships can be won.




2017 Franklin County Envirothon:  May 2, 2017

2017 Current Issue:  Agricultural Soils and Water Conservation Stewardship



Cowans Gap State Park

6235 Aughwick Road

Fort Loudon, PA 17224

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Rules and Regulations:

The PA Envirothon has general rules, that each county should follow and, in addition to these rules, Franklin County has rules specific to our event.  Please familiarize yourself with these rules.

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This is an outdoor event and will be held rain or shine.

In order to have a safe and fun event, please keep the following in mind:

-Please dress for outdoor activities(sneakers, boots, rain gear, etc.)

-Insect repellent & hats are recommended(sunscreen may be needed as well)

-Alternative hand cleaners are also recommended(hand sanitizer)

-Light colored clothing is recommended to make detection of ticks easier


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The Pennsylvania Envirothon educates high school students in natural resource and environmental sciences.  The program emphasizes the importance of environmental sensitivity while stressing a need to achieve a social, ecologic and economic balance.  The Learning objectives emphasize awareness, knowledge, attitudes and application.  The Pennsylvania Envirothon provides future generations with the ability to be better equipped to address the complex natural resource concerns facing today’s world as well as the challenges of tomorrow.

2017 Current Issue:  Agricultural Soils and Water Conservation Stewardship

The Pennsylvania Farmer has played an important role in the efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.  Pennsylvania makes up 35% of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  The Susquehanna River is the largest tributary to the Bay and the actions of farms in the Bay watershed play a critical role in the health of its waters.  This years current Environmental Issue focuses on Agricultural Soil and water conservation Stewardship.

Although  great strides in reducing pollution have been made over the last decades, nearly one-quarter of Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams currently suffer from pollution.  Contaminated runoff from agricultural, urban, and suburban areas, sewage treatment plants, septic systems, and even air pollution contaminate Pennsylvania’s streams and remain the leading sources of Pennsylvania’s pollution to the Bay.

Students will learn the basics of how agricultural Best Management Practices and all natural resource areas are interrelated.  By providing a lifelong learning experience for these students, the Envirothon teaches the importance of maintaining a balance of the quality of life versus the quality of the environment specifically related to agriculture.  In addition, as part of the Envirothon program, students gain an understanding of the importance of promoting soil and water conservation stewardship.

Learn more about the Envirothon:https://youtu.be/z6CNgHyVDHk

PA Envirothon Newsletters

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Eco Days

Eco-Days is an educational program specifically geared toward middle school students. This program was first established to showcase work being done along Dennis Creek such as wetlands, riparian buffers, and stream crossings and was held at Twin Bridges Campground. Different focuses are now being implemented since the program moved to Waltonian Meadows, owned and operated by the Franklin County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League. Waltonian Meadows is located beside the Conococheague Creek. Now various subjects are discussed depending on the availability of guest speakers. This program was presented to Greencastle-Antrim Middle School students initially but now is being presented to Chambersburg and Fannett-Metal Middle Schools as well. It is our goal to present this program to all middle school students in the county.