The 2020 Wayne County Envirothon will be at the Montezuma Audubon Center

 HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO THE COVID-19

Aquatics  — Forestry — Soil and Land Use — Wildlife — Current Issue — Register

What is Envirothon?

Five-member teams of high school students work together to compete on five environmental topics. Teams are tested on their knowledge of Soil, Aquatics, Forestry, Wildlife, and the Current Issue topic. 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.

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.

Any High School within Wayne County is welcome to register. For more information contact Drew Starkey Drew@WayneNYswcd.org  315-946-7200

Study Guides

Aquatics ForestrySoil and Land UseWildlifeCurrent IssueRegister


Aquatic Ecology Study Guide

Aquatics or aquatic ecology is the study of animals and plants in freshwater environments. In addition to the many common aquatic species in New York, a student of aquatics learns about watersheds, wetlands and the hydrologic cycle. Essential to understanding and appreciating the field of aquatics is a basic knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of water.


Forestry Study Guide

The forestry station will focus on forests as ecosystems in New York State. Students will be expected to have a basic understanding of forested ecosystems, how they function and change over time, their role in a watershed, and why they are valuable resources.


Soil and Land Use Study Guide
There can be many uses of the word “soil”, depending upon the context. For example, soil can be thought of as an engineering material for road construction, as dirt on clothing, as a mixture of ingredients for growing potted plants, or what the farmers plow every spring.


Wildlife

Along with aquatics, forestry and soils, wildlife is another of our valuable natural resources. Wildlife are highly dependent upon the status of aquatic, forestry and soil ecology. Today, the greatest threat to wildlife is habitat loss. The impact of human land-use practices on wildlife populations and their habitats is a major concern nation-wide.


The 2020 Current Issue is Water Resources Management: Local Control and Local Solutions – please check back for the problem.

 

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.

BROCHURES

About the Envirothon Program

The idea:

To establish an Envirothon prep program within the school’s 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.”  “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 Friday, March 25, 2019 (Click here to register)
Event Date: Wednesday, April 22nd, 2019 8:30 A.M.
NYS Envirothon: May 27, 2020 – May 28, 2020 at Hobart William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY

FAQ

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.

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

Photos


EXAMPLE ORAL PRESENTATION VIDEOS

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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