What is the Enivrothon?
The Ohio Area 5 Envirothon is a competitive, academic, outdoor team event for high school students to tests their knowledge in five areas: Aquatic Ecology, Current Environmental Issues (CEI), Forestry, Soils and Wildlife. The event is designed to stimulate and reinforce the students interest in our environment and our natural resources while encouraging cooperative decision making, team building and problem solving.
Test questions and study material for the Envirothon are prepared and assembled by natural resource professionals from a variety of agencies, organizations, universities, and businesses. These individuals also staff the various resource stations at each competition and our goals and objectives, include:
- Promoting a greater awareness of natural resources and environmental issues
- Heightening understanding of the interrelationships between plants, animals, humans and the environment they share
- Increasing students interests in further environmental and natural history study
- Celebrating the spirit of competition and excellence
- Encouraging young people to become action oriented members of society
- Interest students to explore natural resource environmental careers
Students who participate gain a greater awareness of natural resources and environmental issues, a better understanding of the interrelationships between living and non-living components of the environment and an increased interest in further scientific study. Teams consist of five members from the same school who work together, with each student bringing their own skills, for a single score that counts as the TEAM score.
The Area 5 Envirothon is one of five Area Envirothons that is held throughout the state. From here, the top four winners proceed to the State Envirothon where they are given the opportunity to advance to the National Envirothon.
An interest in environmental awareness has shown steady growth in the past years. More and more people of all ages are taking the time to get educated and to get involved in activities to protect and promote our natural resources. The Envirothon, designed to take youthful curiosity one step farther, is all about getting involved and getting educated. It is our hope, as resource professionals, to push the minds of young people to realize the interrelationship of all living things and to look towards the future of resource management. The Area 5 Envirothon wants to encourage young people to become action-oriented members of society , to promotes the spirit of inquiry, competition and excellence. By preparing for and participating in the Envirothon, students will develop interpersonal skills by working with other student team members in cooperative decision making and problem solving. Students will also meet professionals from a variety of federal, state, and local natural resource conservation and management agencies and organizations and private industry. Students will benefit from exposure to various approaches to environmental questions. They will also have an opportunity to learn more about environmental career opportunities and responsibilities.
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