Forestry Extension: Youth Programs
Team work at Envirothon.
Sponsored by the Missouri Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, 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. Envirothon affords a unique approach to teaching environmental education, and it's fun!
In the field, teams of students are challenged to hone critical thinking skills and work as a team. They answer written questions and conduct hands-on investigation of environmental issues in five categories: Soils/Land Use, Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Wildlife, and Current Environmental Issues. In addition to a written test, the teams also present an oral presentation solving a specific natural resource issue.
Reference materials for students and teachers are available through local soil and water conservation districts. Envirothon can also be used as a curriculum guide for classroom study.
For more information, go to Missouri Envirothon.