Midcoast Maine getaway: Maine Envirothon raffle

Nov 09, 2012

Enter the Maine Envirothon raffle to win a three day, two night Midcoast Maine getaway to Lincolnville Beach. Enjoy a "staycation" or invite friends from away to stay and play just a few miles north of Camden, where the mountains meet the sea. The raffle purchase supports Maine Envirothon, a state and nationwide environmental competition for public, private, and home school students in grades 9-12.

One winner will receive:

· Relaxing three day, two night stay for two at the Victorian by the Sea bed & breakfast. Sleep in a room with private bath and fireplace in this 1889 cottage and wake to a gourmet breakfast in the sunroom overlooking the sea. victorianbythesea.com

· One day paddleboard, kayak, or sailing excursion for two on Penobscot Bay with ThorFinn Expeditions. thorfinnexpeditions.com

· Dinner for two at the Whale’s Tooth Pub to enjoy seasonal food and drinks on the oceanside deck when it is balmy or snuggle by a fireplace that burns four-foot logs when its not. whalestoothpub.com

This getaway is good for two people anytime during the 2013 season; no blackout dates. Tickets are $50 each or $75 for two.

Tickets may be purchased on-line at maineswcds.org/envirothon, or through Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District at 596-2040, info@knox-lincoln.org. Drawing will be held at the Maine Association of Conservation Districts Winter Banquet on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Winner need not be present to win.

All proceeds support Maine Envirothon, the Maine Association of Conservation Districts statewide education program. Envirothon is a state- and nation-wide environmental competition for high school students to test their knowledge of natural resources and current environmental issues. Three to five student teams answer questions and solve hands-on problems in five subject areas: wildlife, water/aquatics, forestry, soils, and a current natural resource issue. This year’s current issue is “Sustainable Forestland Management: Achieving balance with forest products, environmental concerns, traditional recreation, tourism and increased development pressure." A minimum of two teams (or one team for each five teams competing) from each regional competition advances to the State Finals.

Envirothon, an academic program aligned with the Maine Learning Results, integrates math, language arts, cultural land-use history, and science in unique ways. In addition to advising teams, teachers throughout Maine successfully incorporate Envirothon concepts and hands-on activities into their science curricula. Envirothon raises students’ awareness of local and national environmental issues and builds their critical thinking and decision-making skills as they practice solving real environmental problems. Schools interested in forming a team may contact Josh Platt at josh@kcswcd.org or 622-7847 ext. 3.

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