Conservation District seeks Envirothon participants

Submitted by Dana Schmelzle, Conservation District Manager

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 five natural resource areas: forestry, soils, aquatics, wildlife and a current issue, which changes from year to year. Envirothon events are held at three levels — regional, state and the North American Envirothon for winning teams from U.S. states and Canadian provinces. An oral presentation related to the current issue topic is the final part of the competition at the State and National Levels.

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 also are encouraged to help with the teams’ expenses, which includes registration fees for the Regional and Kansas Envirothon events.

This year’s Regional Envirothon Competition will be held on Wednesday, April 11, at Red Rock Ranch in Soldier. Conservation District Manager Dana Schmelzle is seeking teams to represent Nemaha County. Please call Schmelzle at 785-336-2186, extension 110, for more information.

One team from each school at the regional competitions is eligible to advance to the Kansas Envirothon that will be held this year on Wednesday, April 25, in Chanute at Lil’ Toledo Lodge. The winner will go on represent Kansas at the North American Envirothon which this year will be held from July 22 through 26 in Pocatello, Idaho.

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