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.
Smith-Cotton High School Places 16th at the National NCF-Envirothon Event
Smith-Cotton High School took 16th place in the 2019 National Conservation Foundation (NCF) Envirothon held at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina on July 28-Aug. 2. They ranked second overall in oral presentation, just missing first place by two points. High school students from 40 states, eight Canadian provinces, and two Chinese provinces competed at the national event.
More than 250 high school students traveled to the North Carolina State University campusfrom across the United States, Canada and Chinafor the week-long competition. Students tested their knowledge of soils, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and this year’s topic of Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge and Technology to Feed the World through written tests and oral presentations.
Team members were Sarah Adams, Katelin Frame, Dylan Miller, Katelyn Montgomery, and Edward Toderescu-Stavila. Their advisors were Mona McCormack and Ethan Weller.
The 2020 NCF-Envirothon will be hosted at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska on July 6 through Aug. 1. The 2020 current issue is “Water Resources Management: Local Control and Local Solutions.”
For more information about Envirothon, visit moenvirothon.org.
Awards ceremony from L to R: Sarah Adams, Dylan Miller, Katelin Frame, Katelyn Montgomery and Edward Toderescu-Stavila.
Smith-Cotton team from L to R: Mona McCormack, advisor, Sarah Adams, Katelin Frame, Katelyn Montgomery, Edward Toderescu-Stavila, Dylan Miller and Ethen Weller, advisor.