8th Annual Pymatuning/Shenango Watershed Challenge

Staff report


The Penn Ohio Watershed Association hosted the eighth annual Pymatuning/Shenango Watershed Challenge recently at Munnell Run Farm.

Eleven teams of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders from Trumbull, Mercer and Lawrence counties attended the outdoor environmental competition.

The teams were tested in five resource categories: aquatics, forestry, soils, watersheds and wildlife.

Each category was presented by local natural-resource professionals from the Trumbull Soil and Water Conservation District, Ohio State University Extension Service, Department of Conservation of Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Macroinvertebrates were identified as well as fish anatomy at the aquatics station. Students learned about local forestry management and were able to identify native tree species through twig samples.

Being able to recognize the indicators of soil quality was part of the soils competition. Students were able to use the Enviroscape, a model of a watershed, and connect it to concepts of the water cycle at the watersheds station.

Game commission officers brought mounts of local birds of prey for students to view as part of the wildlife presentation.

Ellwood City Team 1 finished in first place, followed by the Trumbull Education Association of Christian Homeschoolers in second. Members of the Trumbull team were Rayna Coleman, Jimmy Detrow, Peter Detrow, Gabrielle Dickenson, and Makenzie James. Jamestown’s Chubby Chipmunks took third.

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