2023 Envirothon – watch for details

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What is Envirothon?

The Envirothon is an annual competition in which teams compete by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management. Teams, each consisting of five students from schools, home study groups and environmental clubs, exercise their training and problem-solving skills in a competition centered on five testing categories: Soils/Land Use, Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Wildlife and Current Environmental Issues. Participants also give a 5-minute oral presentation on a problem-solving scenario related to the year’s current issue topic. The primary goal of the Envirothon is to learn about the natural environment we live in so as to become stewards of the land.

Training for the Envirothon begins well in advance of the actual event. In preparation for the event, students develop research skills, practice team building, and gain an appreciation for consensus decision-making. The highest-scoring school from each county advances to the New York State Envirothon. There is no cost to the students, parents, or schools to participate, outside of providing the necessary transportation to the event site.

Envirothon encompasses all topics covered in biology, life sciences, earth science, and environmental education. Wayne County Soil & Water 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.

For more information contact Drew Starkey Drew@WayneNYswcd.org  315-946-7200

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FAQ

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.”  “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 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
    • Yes, you many request a SWCD guest speaker presentations or field activities

What will the school need to provide?

    • A class teacher or club adviser
    • Transportation to the Envirothon
    • Classroom and materials
    • Willing participation by students.

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.

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