Envirothon

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WHAT IS ENVIROTHON?

The Louisiana Envirothon is an environmental problem-solving competition for students in grades 6-12.  Teams train and compete by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management.  The competition focuses on five natural resource areas:  soils and land use, acquatic resources, forestry, wildlife, and a current environmental issue.  The 2018 current environmental issue is Western Rangeland Maangement:  Balancing Diverse Views.  Teams also present a solution to an environmental problem related to the current issue in an oral presentation.  This year's competition will be held on March 10, 2018.   

 

 

  

HOW DO YOU PREPARE?

Test preparation is on your own.  However, Louisiana Envirothon will hold training sessions where team members and advisors can meet with station masters.  Dates will be announced soon.  Teams will listen to presentations and participate in hands-on demonstrations in the 6 subject areas as well as practice for the oral presentation. Station masters and other subject experts are available on an ongoing basis to assist teams in preparing for the competition. 

Training Information

All training information is provided below.  All resources can also be found on the North American Envirothon website by following this link:  http://www.envirothon.org/the-competition/curriculum-guidelines.  

Focus should be placed on the key points for each subject area. Each subject has learning objectives as well as suggested resources which contain fact sheets and other documents that you can study. Additional resources are also listed below that may help gain a better understanding of topics.  Station masters are available to answer questions and assist teams in preparing for the competition. Feel free to contact them at the email addresses and phone numbers listed below.

Subject Contact Email Phone
Aquatics Greg Waldron gregory.waldron@la.gov (225) 219-3890
Forestry Dr. Chris Chappelle chris_chappell@suagcenter.com  
Soils/Land Use Joey Breaux joey_b@ldaf.state.la.us (225) 922-1269
Wildlife Venise Ortego vortego@wlf.louisiana.gov (337) 948-025

2018 Current Issue 

Western Rangeland Management:  Balancing Diverse Views  

All study materials for the current issue are on the North American Envirothon website.  Click on the Western Rangeland Management link above to view.

Oral Presentation Info

  • Guidelines
  • Score Sheet
  • The Oral Presentation Scenario will be released the week before the competition. 

 

 

WHAT HAPPENS ON COMPETITION DAY?

During the competition, teams will rotate through a series of stations managed by natural resource specialists in the five topic areas.  At each station, team members will be given a written test to complete.  Each test is taken as a team with each team member participating in answering the questions.  The team with the highest overall score wins. 

 

The 2017 1st Place Winning Team:  Episcopal Middle School 

Click here to view Current and Past Winners

 

 

WHY GET INVOLVED WITH ENVIROTHON?

  • Winners receive special recognition and monetary prizes.
  • It's fun!  Students gain a desire to learn more about the natural environment and stewardship of natural resources.  Students also learn critical thinking, cooperative problem-solving and decision making skills.
  • Students learn how to apply resource management and ecology to complex environmental issues with hands on environmental experiences. 
  • The winning high school team meeting minimum score requirements may represent Louisiana in the North American Envirothon competition, where students can win scholarships, cash and prizes! (Travel costs will be covered if sponsorship funding is available.) 

 

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED WITH ENVIROTHON?

Organize a team!  Five students who are from the same school or are associated with an organized group (i.e. FFA, 4-H, science club, etc...).  The team registration fee is $50.  

  • Registration Information TBA

Become a sponsor!  Sponsors receive recognition on competition posters, promotional items, DEQ website, social media and through press releases. 

  • Sponsorship Opportunities
    • Envirothon is a success because of the partnership between academia, state government, and private entities to provide hands on environmental training for Louisiana students.  You can help support Envirothon by becoming a financial sponsor.  There are several sponsorship opportunities available including title sponsor ($5,000), major sponsor ($2,500), patron ($1,000), supporter ($500), and friend (under $500). Please review the sponsorship options and decide which is best for your organization or company. In-kind contributions are also accepted.  Details are listed on this flyer:  sponsorship flyer. Envirothon sponsors are partners in providing a quality environmental educational program for Louisiana students.   

Envirothon Partners & Sponsors

Major Sponsors:

LSU Ag Center
LEEC (Louisiana Environmental Education Commission)

Patron:

Louisiana Science Teachers Association

Supporters:

LSU College of Engineering Diversity Initiatives
Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers

Partners:

Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
Louisiana Environmental Education Commission
LSU College of Engineering Diversity Initiatives
LSU School of Plant, Environmental & Soil Sciences
LSU Superfund Basic Research Program
Southern University and A&M College- Urban Forestry Program

 

INTERESTED?  CONTACT US!If you are interested in participating in Envirothon or becoming a financial sponsor, please contact Envirothon at laenvirothon@gmail.com or 225-219-0877.