More than 20 years ago Mr. Charlie Dubay, biology teacher at the new Jamestown High School, formed his first Envirothon team. On January 19th, Mr. Dubay and his latest team were honored at the Colonial Soil and Water Conservation District's (CSWCD) Awards Dinner for their outstanding contributions to conservation education.
The Envirothon is a competition in which high school students from around the Commonwealth (and the country) demonstrate their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management. The Jamestown team is a perennial all-star among Virginia's teams, having won the state competition in 2010, enabling the team to compete at the international level. Last year the team missed the chance to claim the state title again, losing by a two-point margin, but taking 2nd place overall for the third year in a row.
Over the years, members of Mr. Dubay's teams have attended the best universities in the country, and several have gone on to careers in environmental science. All of them, it is safe to say, have been instilled with a lifelong passion for the beauty and complexity of our natural world. Mr. Dubay, who continues to coach teams following his retirement in 2012, is beginning his 50th year of working with students, and helping mold future conservationists.
Tim Beale, elected Board member from York County, was recognized as the Conservation District Director of the Year. Tim, a Dominion Energy employee, has offered his support and leadership for many District initiatives, including an urban agriculture project which was awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Association of Conservation Districts.
The Colonial Soil and Water Conservation District (CSWCD) is a local not-for-profit organization whose goal is to coordinate assistance from all available sources-public and private, local, state, and federal-to develop locally-driven solutions to natural resources concerns. Established in the 1930's as a political subdivision of the Commonwealth in response to the pressing need for the conservation of our natural resources, the CSWCD is involved with a variety of rural and urban conservation efforts in the City of Williamsburg, and James City, York, New Kent and Charles City Counties. Learn more at www.colonialswcd.net.
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