Erie County Envirothon Participants
WHAT IS THE
The Erie County Envirothon is a unique and exciting program that combines
hands-on outdoor experience with natural resource study. Once a year, high school students interested
in outdoor fun and environmental science gather to sharpen their conservation
skills and test their knowledge against teams of students from other schools in
WHY SHOULD YOU PARTICIPATE IN THE ENVIROTHON? If you enjoy the outdoors or are considering
a career or college major in the natural sciences, the Envirothon
is for you! Not only is the Envirothon a fun, outdoor challenge that brings students
HOW TO ENROLL? High school level students can enter the Envirothon by contacting the Erie County Soil & Water Conservation District. Registration material must be completed and sent in for each participating school. Teams consist of five members. Teams must have an advisor to help prepare the team for competition and to accompany the team to workshop and competition days.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE ENVIROTHON? Teams independently research five Envirothon topics: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, and a current environmental issue. Each student on a team specializes in one of the Envirothon categories, so that the amount of information to master is not overwhelming. All aspects of the Envirothon are completed as a team. To achieve the highest possible Envirothon score, teams are encouraged to do independent research on the Envirothon topics. Each team prepares a brief, five-minute oral presentation on the current environmental issue topic.
WHAT HAPPENS ON THE ENVIROTHON WORKSHOP DAY? Registered teams come to the Erie County Envirothon testing site, where educators and local environmental professionals offer informational workshops to help students prepare for testing day. Each team member attends a different morning training workshop for each Envirothon topic. For instance, one group member attends a soils workshop, another attends a forestry workshop, etc. After lunch, the teams regroup to give their oral presentations.
AT THE ENVIROTHON COMPETITION? Student
teams from throughout
WHAT NEXT? Please review the enclosed Envirothon information. If your school or group has any additional questions or would like more information, please call Melanie Saunders at 652-8480 X118.