If you haven’t yet heard of the Envirothon, let’s remedy this. The Envirothon is a national high school competition with program focuses on the following five areas of study: Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Soils/Land Use, Wildlife, and Current Environmental Issue, which is different each year. The mission of the Envirothon is to develop tomorrow's informed leaders, educate future resource stewards, promote sustainable development, and create community awareness.
Although the competition is national, it begins in a very local capacity with county or regional competitions among area high schools. The winner from each regional competition is then invited to compete, all expenses paid, to the Florida Envirothon one month later. State winners are invited to attend the national competition, the North American Envirothon, hosted by a different state each year.
The Envirothon is a great way to cultivate interested students into environmental/conservation oriented fields of study. These interrelated and broad study areas teach a holistic approach to natural resource conservation and can easily be incorporated into a teaching curriculum. It can help students better understand careers in the sector or fine tune interests in advanced fields of study. In addition, resources that are available for free online give teachers and student participants the opportunity to study in any capacity.
The event is put together by a team of dedicated volunteers, teachers and local agencies. The event is hosted by the Duval Soil and Water Conservation District with the aid of sponsorship from the community. Thank you to our 2014 sponsor, Jim Love of State Farm.
To get more information or register a team today, email Joyce Miller.
Author, Shannon Blankinship
Chairman, Duval Soil and Water Conservation District