Wayne County Envirothon will be at the Montezuma Audubon Center on
April 23rd, 2019

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 Soil and Water Conservation District 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, a rotating trophy of Dr. Who. Students of the top three teams receive a subscription to NYS Audobon Society . All students receive an Envirothon T-Shirt and certificate of participation. Students are exposed to potential career experience.

Download a poster for your classroom.  11×17 or 8.5×11

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



2019 Current Topic Information

The 2019 Oral Presentation Problem: 

 Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge and Technology to Feed the World

There are many articles that estimate the population of the Earth to be approximately 9 billion by the year 2050. One of the primary concerns for the agricultural industry is how will farmers be able to grow enough food to feed this growing population, while also protecting natural resources such as soil, water, air, wildlife, and forestry resources.

Students will learn the concepts of how agriculture and all natural resource areas are interrelated, and how the use of new technologies is key to increase food production.

Key topics include:

  • Sustainable farming
  • Climate Change
  • Soil Health
  • Pollination
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Precision agriculture and new technology

2019 Current Issue Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the importance of moving toward sustainable farming systems to conserve natural resources, mitigate climate change, reduce erosion and protect water quality and quantity, and promote pollination;
  2. Comprehension of farming practices that build soil organic matter such as composting, crop rotations, cover crops, conservation tillage, and management intensive grazing systems to improve soil health;
  3. Understand integrated pest management and biological pest control techniques used to prevent insect pest, disease, and weed problems; and
  4. Understand the role of new technology: agricultural biotechnology, precision agriculture, and using UAV (drones, GIS, etc.) to increase farm efficiency for food production.


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 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.”  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 Friday, March 29, 2019 (Click here to register)
Event Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2019 8:30 A.M.
NY State Envirothon May 22, 23th, 2019


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

Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District
7312 RT 31 Lyons, NY 14489