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Congratulations to the 2017 Wayne County Envirothon Competition Winners
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The NYS Envirothon, put on by the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) is a co-curricular scholarship program featuring a “hands-on” competition about environmental education.  The program was started in 1979 in Pennsylvania when it was originally called the Environmental Olympics. Each school that participates selects five students (9th through 12th grade) to attend the Wayne County SWCD Envirothon with the hope of going to the state or national level to win scholarships and other awards. Each member of the winning team will receive a $100 scholarship for future environmental education efforts.

For more information contact Drew Starkey  315-946-7200



The 2017 Oral Presentation Problem: Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship, please find the resources your team will need below:

  1. Oral Presentation Problem Statement (pdf)
  2. Soil Resource Report for Claire County, New York — McGregor Family Farm (pdf)
  3. Oral Presentation Rules (pdf)
  4. 2017 Judges Score Sheet
  5. Current Issue Study Guide and other helpful resources, such as website links


Envirothon encompasses all topics covered in biology, life sciences, earth science and environmental education. Wayne County SWCD is always looking to partner with the local school districts to develop an Educational Envirothon Program to not only better prepare our students for success at the competition, but also to give students a glimpse into a career pathway of natural resources and a fun environmental experience in the community.


About the Envirothon Program

The idea:

To establish an Envirothon prep program within the schools current science curriculum or as an extracurricular activity for students.

How many students can participate in the program?

Even though each team consists of only five students to compete, but can qualify if only 3. At the local level Envirothon, each school can have up to three different teams. Also, the class or club can be offered to additional students interested in the environment.”  To “Each team consists of 3-5 students. Each school can sponsor up to a total of 3 teams for a total of 15 students from each school. Note: many school teams have one alternate as a backup replacement.

How do you select the five competitors?

This can be decided by the school! Some suggestions: have the teacher decide, have the students vote, or choose the five students with the highest grade in the class to compete.

What are the important dates?

Registration: Teams need to be registered by Wednesday March 15th, 2017

Event Date: Wednesday April 12th, 2017
NY State Envirothon May 24, 25


What will the Wayne County SWCD provide for you if you set up a program at your school?

    • A foundational outline for setting up your course
    • Information on where to get supplemental materials and resources for developing lesson plans
    • A list of sample activities for your class
    • SWCD guest speaker presentations or field activities

What will the school need to provide?

    • A class teacher or club adviser
    • Transportation to field activity sites and to the Envirothon
    • Classroom and materials

Sample Course/Club Schedule:

    • October November: Aquatic Ecology
    • Mid November: Soils and Land Use
    • December – Mid January: Wildlife
    • Mid January – February: Forestry
    • March and April: Current Issues/Oral Presentation Prep/Practice and review
    • April/May:Envirothons(Specific dates TBA)
    • April/May/June(After Envirothons): Reflection/Community Projects
Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District
7312 RT 31 Lyons, NY 14489