SREL host 2017 Eco-Meet

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SREL host 2017 Eco-Meet

Left to right, P.J. Perea, Faith An, Nova Cole and Widhi Shani.

Aiken, S.C. – The Savannah River Ecology Laboratory recently hosted more than 90 middle school students from the Central Savannah River Area at the 2017 Eco-Meet. The event was held at the SREL Conference Center.The Eco-Meet challenges student teams to 30-minute quizzes at six stations that cover soils, archaeology, watersheds, herpetology, lake ecology and bird biology.

Members of the CSRA-Environmental Science Education Cooperative sponsored the stations and provided guidance during the tests.  Sean Poppy, the outreach coordinator for SREL, conducted an animal seminar featuring live amphibians, lizards, snakes, turtles, alligators, an opossum and a coyote. Following the seminar, the CSRA-ESEC presented the awards for the top team scores for each station, the overall high team scores, the award for the optional project and the 2017 Coach of the Year.

Sean Poppy, the outreach coordinator for SREL, conducted an animal seminar featuring live amphibians, lizards, snakes, turtles, alligators, an opossum and a coyote. Following the seminar, the CSRA-ESEC presented the awards for the top team scores for each station, the overall high team scores, the award for the optional project and the 2017 Coach of the Year.

The CSRA ESEC is comprised of federal, state, governmental agencies, private businesses and non-profits who are committed to environmental education. These member organizations volunteer their time and resources for outreach programs, teacher education efforts and on-site education programs to further the mission of the CSRA-ESEC.

UGA’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory is a member organization of the CSRA-ESEC

The 2017 Eco-Meet winners are:

Overall
First-place: Lakeside Middle School – Scarlet Kingsnakes Team
Second-place: Evans Middle School – Marbled Salamanders Team
Third-place: Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics – Scarlet Kingsnakes Team

Station Winners

Soils: UGA Extension Office of Richmond County
First-place: Lakeside Middle School – Scarlet Kingsnakes Team
Second-place: Stallings Island Middle School – Gopher Tortoises Team
Third-place: Evans Middle School – Marbled Salamanders Team

Archaeology: Watson-Brown Foundation
First-place: Evans Middle School – Marbled Salamanders Team
Second-place: Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics – Scarlet Kingsnakes Team
Third-place: Stallings Island Middle School – Gopher Tortoises Team

Watersheds: Phinizy Center for Water Sciences
First-place: Lakeside Middle School – Scarlet Kingsnakes Team
Second-place: Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics – Scarlet Kingsnakes Team
Third-place: Stallings Island Middle School – Gopher Tortoises Team

Herpetology: Reed Creek Interpretive Center
First-place: Evans Middle School – Southern Toads Team
Second-place: Lakeside Middle School – Scarlet Kingsnakes Team
Third-place: Stallings Island Middle School – Gopher Tortoises Team

Lake Ecology and Fish Biology: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
First-place: Lakeside Middle School – Scarlet Kingsnakes Team
Second-place: Evans Middle School – Marbled Salamanders Team
Third-place: Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics – Scarlet Kingsnakes Team

Bird Biology: Silver Bluff Audubon Center and Sanctuary
First-place: Evans Middle School – Scarlet Kingsnakes Team
Second-place: Evans Middle School – Southern Toads Team
Third-place: Lakeside Middle School – Scarlet Kingsnakes Team

Optional Project Winners: Briarwood Academy – Southern Toads Team
2017 Coach of the Year: Marina Stafford, Evans Middle School Coach