Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Area 2021 Envirothon has been canceled.
But wait, we have some great news!! Instead of canceling the event altogether this year, the Envirothon is being transformed into one state wide virtual event. Teams from across the state will be tested on their knowledge of Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, Wildlife, and a Current Issue. Links to each of these one-hour tests will be provided for teams to complete via a Google Classroom platform. Teams will also need to prepare and submit an oral presentation video for judging as part of the competition.
Winning teams will be announced on or before Earth Day (April 22nd). The top Minnesota team will advance to the NCF-Envirothon virtual event. If for some reason that team isn't able to attend, the second place Minnesota team will be invited to participate.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF THE TEAMS!!
The Minnesota Envirothon is an outdoor learning event for students grades 9-12. It is designed to promote natural resource involvement and education through hands-on competition. The event is coordinated by the Minnesota's Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
The first Envirothon was established in 1979 by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts under the name "Evironmental Olympics". The event spread throughout the country and in 1993 Minnesota held its first competition with 100 students participating. Today, over 1,200 students participate in 9 regions throughout the state. Pennington County is part of Region One. Our first Envirothon took place in 1994 with 8 teams competing at the Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge. Currently, the competition rotates between Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge and Lake Bronson State Park.
Here is how the event works...Teams consisting of 5 students, visit 5 different outdoor stations, learning about: Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, Wildlife, and a current event topic that changes every year. Students are then given a 25 point exam relating to each of the station’s topics. At the sixth station, the students give a brief (7-10 minute) oral presentation in front of a panel of judges worth 30 points. The 3 teams with the most points after completing all 6 stations are the area winners and earn the right to advance to the state competition. The winner of the state competition then has the opportunity to enter the national competition.