The 20th annual Missouri Envirothon was held at the University of Missouri Bradford Research Center in Columbia on April 26. Congratulations to Pembroke Hill High School for taking 1st place in the competition. Following are the scores for the Top 10 teams.

  1. Pembroke Hill 437.8
  2. Smith Cotton 388.3
  3. Parkway North A 384.2
  4. Webb City 363.5
  5. McKinley 362.2
  6. Sacred Heart 350.5
  7. Parkway North B 330.7
  8. Fort Osage 329.5
  9. Stockton 319.7
  10. California 296

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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:

  1. Soils/land use
  2. Aquatic ecology
  3. Forestry
  4. Wildlife
  5. 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.