Text Box: The Envirothon is a problem-solving, natural resource education program for high school students.  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.
The 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 environment education, and it’s fun!
The continuing support of the program reflects the participation and support of thee county conservation districts, clubs, agencies, and private corporations.
Reference materials for students and teachers are available through local soil and water conservation districts.  Envirothon can also be used as a curriculum guide in conjunction with classroom study.  Conservation districts with cooperating agencies educators, community and interest groups conduct regional competitions.  The top three teams of the regional competitions advance to the state competition held in early May.  The winning team represents Missouri at the National Conservation Foundation Envirothon.

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