What is Envirothon???
Envirothon is an outdoor, natural resource education program for high school students that is organized and coordinated by Conservation Districts. The Kansas Envirothon Committee, a part of the KACD Conservation Youth and Education Committee, oversees the Envirothon activities in Kansas.
In the Envirothon competition, teams of five students work together to complete written tests in six natural resource areas; Forestry, Soils/Land Use, Aquatics/Ecology, Wildlife, Rangeland, and a Current Issue this year was NonPoint Source Pollution/Low Impact Development, which changes from year to year. An oral presentation related to the current issue topic is the final part of the competition. Envirothon events are held at three levels; regional, state, and the North American Envirothon for winning teams from U.S. states and Canadian provinces.
Conservation Districts work with local schools and youth organizations to help put teams together, and may provide materials and training for the students prior to the events. Districts are also encouraged to help with the teams’ expenses, which includes registration fees for the Regional and Kansas Envirothons.
The 2012 Envirothon competition in Kansas began at the Council Grove Reservoir Regional on
April 11th with 12 teams competing. Wakefield High School edged Mission Valley, 488 to 482 with White City coming in a distant third with 452 points. The following week, on April 18th, 33 teams participated in the regional at the Centralia Lake, and 3 teams attended the regional on April 19th at Southwestern College in Winfield. A station on Rangeland was added for the 2012 regionals.
One team from each school was eligible to advance to the Kansas Envirothon, and 20 teams were present for that event on May 9th. New for the state competition in 2012 was an oral presentation in which team members dealt with Non-Point Source Pollution and development issues in the Wildcat Creek watershed near Manhattan.
The 25th Canon Envirothon was held July 22-27 at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA. The Kansas team from Wakefield High School was one of 54 teams from across North America that participated. In addition to the competition, this experience gives students the opportunity to meet like minded peers from across the U.S. and Canada and to visit places of interest in the host state, such as the historic Gettysburg battlefield.