High school students throughout the county are preparing presentations and studying environmental topics with hopes to win the Monroe County Envirothon Competition on May 17.
Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District will host students from Brighton, Brockport, Eastridge and Penfield in the 27th Envirothon at Ellison Park, 395 Richs Dugway Road, Rochester.
Envirothon is an environmental education competition for high school students. Teams of five compete against each other to demonstrate their knowledge in topics such as wildlife, aquatics, forestry, soils and current issues, which is selected at a national level each year.
This year’s current issue topic is western rangeland management. The winning team will represent Monroe County at the state competition on May 23-24 at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva. The winner of the state competition will go on to compete in the National Envirothon on July 22-28 in Pocatello, Idaho.
Students participating in this event are not just studying the definitions of scientific terms for a test; they are learning real ways to work with community groups and the government to solve ongoing environmental issues. Part of this competition is the oral presentation. Students are presented a problem related to the current issues topic before the event, and are expected to come up with a solution. This gives them the experience that will help further their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Soil and water conservation districts across the state help organize annual county and regional Envirothon competitions. Support for the event is provided from high school science teachers, school districts and local businesses that donate funds and items used during the event.
Call (585) 753-7380 or visit monroecountyswcd.org for information.