The 18th annual Missouri Envirothon will be held in the Jefferson City area on Thursday, April 28. Eighteen teams will compete in this year’s event.
The one-day competition will include outdoor testing at soils, wildlife, aquatics, current issue, and forestry stations. Students will be engaged in hands-on activities, which range from using scientific equipment, studying and analyzing soil and forest samples, to measuring tree heights. The program focuses on developing teamwork, cooperation and problem-solving skills. In addition, each team will present a 10-minute solution to an assigned problem. This year's conservation topic is invasive species.
The top three winners from each of the state's seven regional events can participate. The state winner will then advance to the national competition, the National Conservation Federation (NCF) Envirothon that will be held at Trent University in Ontario, Canada. The Envirothon is North America’s largest high school natural resources competition with over 50 U.S. states and Canadian provinces competing at the national level.
Sponsors for this event include the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Missouri Soil and Water Conservation District Employees Association, Missouri Department of Conservation, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Smithfield Foods.
More information is available at moenvirothon.org.
The Missouri Envirothon is a problem-solving, natural resource education program for high school students. In the field, teams of students are challenged to hone critical thinking skills and work as a team. Students answer written questions and conduct hands-on investigation of environmental issues in five categories:
- Soils/land use
- Aquatic ecology
- Current environmental issues
In addition to a written test, the teams also present an oral presentation solving a specific natural resource issue.
The Missouri Envirothon stimulates, reinforces and enhances students' interest in the environment and our state's natural resources. The concept was created by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts as an outdoor hands-on competition. From "Environmental Olympics," the concept expanded to other states; and when the national competition was added in 1988, the name was changed to Envirothon.
The continuing support of the program reflects the participation and support of the state conservation district associations and cooperating state and federal resource agencies.
Reference materials for students and teachers are available through local soil and water conservation districts. Conservation districts with cooperating agencies, educators, community and interest groups conduct regional competitions. The top three teams at the regional competitions advance to the state competition, usually held in early May. The winning team represents Missouri at the Envirothon.
Pembroke Hill High School Wins 2015 Missouri Envirothon and 2015 national NCF-Envirothon
Pembroke Hill High School took the top score in the 2015 Missouri Envirothon.
Students competed at five different outdoor testing stations - aquatic ecology, forestry, soils and land use, wildlife and the 2015 current conservation issue. Test stations required the teams to complete a variety of both hands-on and written natural resource questions. Each team also was scored on an oral presentation to a panel of judges.
To learn more about the Missouri Envirothon, including previous team rankings and regulations, visit the Missouri's Envirothon website or contact the Soil and Water Conservation Program at 573-751-4932. Local soil and water conservation districts, in conjunction with cooperating agencies and educators, organize and run local Envirothon competitions.
In 1998, Missouri held it first state Envirothon. The Envirothon was started in 1979 by three Pennsylvania soil and water conservation districts. By 1998, the idea had caught on and the first national contest was held. In 2012, the program attracted participation from 54 states and Canada.
More information about this year’s event is available at www.moenvirothon.org