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Ashli Young, agriculture teacher at Andrew Jackson High School, was named the county’s 2011 Conservation Educator of the Year on April 4, at the Lancaster County Soil and Water Conservation District’s monthly board Meeting.
Each year, the soil and water conservation district recognizes a Lancaster County teacher who is doing an outstanding job educating students about the importance of natural resources.
“Young was selected for his innovative ways of teaching his students about natural resources and for supporting our education program,” said Amanda Roberts, soil and water conservation district manager.
“He has worked with us on the Envirothon for the past two years and he is working with a team for this year,” she said. “We know he’s always finding new and creative ways to inspire his students.”
Envirothon is the largest high school environmental competition in North America.
Student teams are tested on their knowledge of aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, a current environmental issue and an oral presentation. The topic for the 2011 competition is Salt & Fresh Water Estuaries.
Young said preparing students for Envirothon gives them a better working knowledge of conservation and natural resources. He said it makes students think about how they can make a positive impact on the environment.
The Envirothon is designed to help the leaders of tomorrow learn both sides of environmental issues so that they can make informed decisions. Concepts such as renewable/non-renewable resources and the interdependence and interaction of ecosystems are stressed.
“I’ve always taught conservation to my students because it’s one of the greatest assets we have when it comes to natural resources,” Young said. “If we don’t teach our children of today about conservation, they will not be able to enjoy natural resources in years to come.”
As a small, part-time farmer, Young said he tries to teach the conservation of natural resources by example.
“By teaching our children how to conserve through hunting, fishing and agricultural practices, we can ensure that we have plants, animals and many other resources for years to come,” Young said. “Teaching children about conservation is easy because everything we do can be adapted to protecting those smaller and living organisms we have around us.”