2022 Envirothon will be held Wednesday, April 27th

Wayne County Envirothon LogoThe 2022 Wayne County Envirothon will be held on April 27th at Blue Cut Nature Center at 7210 NY-31, Lyons, NY 14489

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 27th. In previous years we have teams arrive by 8:30. After a brief orientation, the first station exams will begin at 9:00. The stations usually wrap up by 12:30, at which point teams reconvene to eat lunch and take team photos. Everyone should be back on the road by 1:00 in order to make PM bus dismissal.

Food and Lunch: We will provide light snacks and refreshments at the beginning of the event. Teams are responsible for bringing their own lunch! I would also suggest having students bring their own water bottles.

Photo Release Form: Please have students fill out the attached photo release form. If students do not wish to have their photo taken, that’s a-okay! Forms will be turned in as teams check in to the event. Please note that any student under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign their photo release form.

Dress for the Outdoors: As mentioned above, we’ll be outside for the entire event. Please keep an eye on the weather before the event, and dress appropriately (closed-toed shoes & layers). Team T-shirts: All team members and coaches will be provided a t-shirt at the beginning of the event. Thank you for providing the shirt sizes with your team roster. If you have any changes, please let me know ASAP so we can get in touch with the screen-printer.

No Oral Presentation: This year we are going to skip the oral presentation at our local level. The state Envirothon committee has moved to a digital format for presentations. We try to keep our local event consistent with the guidelines set by the state, but without an indoor facility, we are unsure how we would accommodate the new digital format.

Station Quizzes: We will still have all 5 station quizzes for the event. This includes Wildlife, Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, and the Current Issue. Station quizzes are 20-25 multiple choice/matching questions. Teams will have 25 minutes to take the quiz, 5 minutes for review, and 5 minutes to travel to the next station.

Current Issue & Study Guides: This year’s current issue is “Waste to Resources.” Please review the study guides on the state Envirothon webpage to help prep for the stations. www.nysenvirothon.org/study-guides

County winners advance to the State Envirothon Competition at SUNY Hobart & William Smith Colleges on May 25-26. The state champion will go on to represent New York State at the NCF-Envirothon Competition at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in late summer.

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

Past Wayne County Envirothon Photos

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.

Study Guides