A dozen high schools and nearly 200 students participated in the 2016 Envirothon hosted by the Duval Soil & Water Conservation District. This national natural resources competition has been hosted locally for more than 23 years, and we are proud to continue the educational legacy.
Competing in categories of Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Wildlife, Land Use and Soils and a Current Environmental Issue, students form teams of 4-6 within their high schools for this local contest. This years current environmental issue reflected a growing concern all over the world: invasive species. High Schools that sent teams include Sandalwood, Bishop Kenney, Atlantic Coast, Darnell-Cookman, Terry Parker, Christ Church, and Frank Peterson.
After finishing the day long competition, students from Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts took the Gold with Sandalwood taking Silver and Atlantic Coast with Bronze. Darnell-Cookman then went on to the state competition in central Florida. We are very proud that the team representing Duval County placed 9th overall and won 1st place in the Aquatic Ecology competition.
Thank you to our sponsors:
Nassau Soil and Water Conservation District
Jacksonville Farmers Market
Tree Hill Nature Center
For more information about competing, becoming a sponsor or becoming a part of the March 9, 2017 Envirothon hosted at the UNF Wildlife Sanctuary, email Supervisor Dan Evans, Jr.
Author, Shannon Blankinship
Chairman, Duval Soil and Water Conservation District