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Where are they now ? ... 2018 Spring Pennsylvania Envirothon Newsletter

Ryan Ling, Pennsylvania 
District Forester -  Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources  (DCNR) 

When people ask me why I chose a career in forestry, I always answer without hesitation the same two reasons, “Scouting and the Envirothon.” Like most rural Pennsylvania kids, I spent most of my time as a youth with my brother and friends fishing, playing sports, participating in scouting, climbing trees and doing all the things little boys do while exploring the great outdoors. As I entered high school I still spent much of my free time outdoors playing sports, hunting and fishing. So when some of my friends floated the idea of having an Envirothon team at West Branch Area High School, I was absolutely on board. I didn’t know at that time what an Envirothon was, but anything that was outdoors and a competition was something I could get behind. So we studied and prepared our team; The Environ-Mentals, for the Clearfield County Envirothon.  READ MORE

South Dakota 2018 Envirothon Workshops

 January 11, 2018

South Dakota has had it's  third "Road Show" in a series of what’s looking could be as many as six across the state!   The Rapid City, "RoadShow" was freezing, so we didn’t go outside...but, they still had a great time, and two news stations stopped in so they could share SD Envirothon with West River South Dakota. "Pretty exciting for all of us in South Dakota" says Kim Smeek Envirothon state coordinator !

Media Coverage  Students explore natural resource competition

Road Show # 2    KOTA Territory Students prep for Envirothon

2017 NCF-Envirothon Top Three Oral Presentations

 August 2017

A five-member team of high school students from Pennsylvania has been named the winner of the 2017 NCF-Envirothon, The top three scoring teams were awarded a total of $30,000 in cash prizes at an awards ceremony held at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The 2017 NCF-Envirothon’s cash prizes were sponsored by Smithfield Foods.
This year, high schools from 45 states, seven Canadian provinces, and two Chinese provinces participated in the NCF-Envirothon. 

Final  Three Oral Presentations 
1st Place     Pennsylvania 
2nd  Place   New York
Third Place New Mexico 

Science Academy of South Texas team represented Texas in Ontario, Canada

 March 23, 2017

Representing Texas at the North American Envirothon was a great honor for our team.  The majority of our student come from small communities in deep South Texas, and have not traveled out of the state.  Competing in Canada was an experience that will be remembered for their life time.  The students could not believe the natural beauty of Peterborough. They also appreciated how welcoming everyone one was, and the ability to meet other teams from across the states and provinces.  The trip up to Peterborough Ontario brought our team closer together. We are excited to try to earn a chance to compete in Maryland, and once again represent Texas at the North American Envirothon.

 Students on the winning team are Victoria Allen, Martha Garcia, Paola Granados, Vanessa M. Martinez, and Angel Perez. Andrew Cortez served as the team’s adviser.

~ Andrew Cortez,  Science Academy of South Texas

Texas 2017

Colorado Envirothon- Alumni Stories shared at NACD 71st Annual Meeting in Denver !

February 14,2017

Recently, NACD held its 71st Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. Two brothers Brett and Brandon Fuller's Envirothon experiences were also shared with conference attendees during Sunday’s Inspirational Session.

Brandon Fuller... Originally I was going to school for journalism. My plan in life was to get my degreeand be a writer for field and stream, or something along thoselines. I was attending Oklahoma State Universityat the time that I had this revelation in my life. Read More

Brett Fuller ... I am currently a sophomore at Colorado State University in Fort Collins Studying Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation biology. The Envirothon and natural resource camps that I participated in throughout my life have tremendously impacted my life and career decisions. Read More

Colorado Envirothon http://www.coloenvirothon.com/ was established in 2012 by representatives of several agencies and organizations throughout Colorado, including the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts, West Greeley Conservation District, Future Farmers of America, and Colorado State Conservation Board. Colorado held its first state competition on May 5,2013.

The 2017 Colorado Envirothon Competition will be held on April 25-26, 2017. The competition venue will be announced at a later date. For more information or to enter please contact Brenda Anderson at

December 2016

  Arkansas Envirothon Program.

Searcy County students from Marshall HIgh School- Team A  will represent Arkansas at the 2017 NCF-Envirothon in Maryland.

The Arkansas Envirothon program started in 1994 and has been growing and going strong ever since. Today, Arkansas holds four regional Envirothon competitions with winners from the regional competition coming together to compete at the state competition.

The State Envirothon competiton was held in November at the University of Central Arkansas with students  participating from the regions below:
West Central Area Contest
Central Area Contest
Northwest Area Contest
East Area Contest

Each of the seven state conservation areas are eligible to enter teams of five students in the Arkansas Envirothon competition.
The number of teams from an area that advance to the state competition will depend upon the level of interest/participation from each conservation area.

December 2016

Students from Three Oaks Win Provincial Forest Envirothon competition

Students from Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside  have won the right to represent Prince Edward Island at the 2017 NCF Envirothon in Maryland next summer,

Members of the 2017 Three Oaks team included Karen Farag, Sam Farag, Curtis Lough, Robin Burton  and Allison Meister along with teachers Heather Pringle and Chris Higginbotham. Students from Kinkora, Bluefield, Charlottetown Rural, Morell, Ecole Francois Buote and Montague also took part in the competition

Fifty students from seven Island schools participated in the provincial competition which involved classroom and hands-on outdoor learning. The areas of study included forests, aquatic ecosystems, soils and land use, wildlife habitats, and this year’s special environmental challenge, Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation.   

The Provincial Forest Envirothon competition is run by the Department of Communities, Land and Environment with assistance from the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and Ducks Unlimited.   PEI’s first Envirothon competition was held in 2001.


August/September 2016

The top Three  Teams for 2016  North American Envirothon !

First Place :  University of Toronto School, Toronto Ontario  
This year's Ontario Envirothon Champion is University of Toronto Schools from Toronto, who triumphed over 18 other teams from across the province of Ontario.   The school  went on  to capture  1st Place at the  2016 North American Envirothon with a score of 633.50 out of  a possible 700 points.  Each student recieved  a  cash  award of  $3,000.00 which was sponsored by Smithfield Foods.

Second  Place :  Penncrest High School,  Delaware County
High school students from 65 Pennsylvania counties participated in this year’s event. The 2016 Pennsylvania Envirothon champions, scoring 548.3 points of a possible 600, are from Penncrest High School located in Delaware County. The Delaware County team earned the honor to represent Pennsylvania at the NCF-Envirothon North American competition.  The Penncrest school  took  2nd place  with a score of 629.80 out of a possible 700 points.   Eash  student  received a  cash award of $2,000.00 which was sponsored by Smithfield Foods. 

Third Place :
   Palisades Charter High School
Palisades Charter High School is a secondary school in Los Angeles, California, United States.   The Palisade Charter High School took  3rd place with a score of 592.30   Each student recieved a cash award of $1,000.00  which was sponsored by Smithfield Foods.