High School Envirothon
What is the Envirothon?
The Envirothon is designed to give high school students an opportunity to acquire and demonstrate knowledge of environmental resources and their connection to each other and human activity. The student teams are challenged in the areas of Aquatics, Forestry, Soils/Land Use, Wildlife and a current environmental issue. In order to participate, a school team must have 3-5 students and an advisor. It's a great opportunity to build teamwork, learn environmental knowledge that pertains to our daily lives, and meet professionals in the environmental field.
Who can participate?
Any Erie County school district can put together up to five teams of 3-5 students grades 9-12. Homeschoolers and cyber school students may also form teams. For schools outside of Erie County, please contact your county's conservation district for information on your local event.
How does a team prepare for the event?
Studying for the event depends upon the schedules of students and their level of interest! Information for the upcoming spring event usually is available on the state website in the beginning of November. Some teams find it easier to study at school during a common time, or they may meet after school at a separate location. Advisors can be a great help in organizing meeting times and coordinating study sessions and field trips.
What is the event like?
The day begins with registration and last minute questions and team prep. We are fortunate that the Erie County event is able to be held, rain or shine, within Headwaters Park. Student teams spend the morning working through written challenges in each station (Forestry, Wildlife, Aquatics, Soils/Land Use, and the Current Issue). Following the morning event, a picnic lunch is provided for the students and advisors, followed by awards and pictures!
What do the winners receive?
The winning team will move on to the state competition a few weeks after the county event, representing Erie County. This experience is a whirlwind of activity and students return simultaneously exhausted and energized. Each winning team participant is also awarded a scholarship to the Penn State Conservation Leadership School in the summer.
Why should a school get a team (s) together and participate?
The Envirothon event is FUN! Teams have a great time leading up to the event, preparing and studying in creative ways. The morning is spent in a beautiful outdoor classroom, working with classmates and meeting professionals in environmental careers. Free t-shirts and lunch for each participant can't be beat!
If your school would like to participate please contact Erie County Envirothon Coordinator at 814-825-6403. Click here for more information on the Envirothon.