A five-member team from Wasatch Hill High School participated in the 2015 NCF-Envirothon, North America’s largest high school environmental education competition. Team members are Christian Rigby, Talia Soleil, Shaylen Reed, Bryn Dayton, and Sierra Curtis – advisor, Matt Sproul. The Utah team placed 18 out of 52, with high scores in the oral presentation and aquatic ecology test. The top winning teams were announced on Saturday August 1st, during the award ceremonies at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. Over four thousand highs schools were involved in the 2015 program across North America. “ The National Conservation Foundation congratulates all the students who participated in this year’s competition,” said Steve Robinson, Chair of the NCF Board of Trustees, “We are so proud of all of the students’ efforts and commitment to helping preserve our natural resources.” The NCF-Envirothon tests teams on their knowledge of soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and a current environmental issue ( 2015 Urban/Community Forests). Each team’s knowledge is tested under the supervision of foresters, soil scientists, wildlife specialists and other natural resource professionals. Teamwork, problem- solving and presentation skills are evaluated as each team offers a panel of judges an oral presentation with recommendations for solving the specific challenge that is presented during the competition.
Congratulations to our winners at this year
3rd Place: Wasatch High
Christian Rigby, Talia Soleil, Shaylen Reed, Bryn Dayton, Sierra Curtis
2nd Place, FFA State Winner: Mt. Crest FFA
Zac Larsen, Landan Knowles, Wyatt Peterson, Jake Major, Kaden McArthur
3rd Place, Uintah FFA
Hyrum Rousseau, Taitha Valdez, Savanna Arias, Kaedee Wilson, Katelyn Schoenfeld, Ashton Palacious,
The 2015 Utah Envirothon will be held in St. George April 24th through 25th
Teams prepare during the school year for testing in five study areas: aquatic ecology, forestry, soils and land use, wildlife and this year’s current issue – Urban Forestry.
Friday afternoon presentations will be given to a group of judges with teams rotating through five field test stations. On Saturday they learn from resource professionals before taking a written test.
Sky View High School FFA won 1st place at the Utah Envirothon competition held April 25-26 at Castle Valley Outdoors, a guest ranch facility near Emery, Utah. They were accompanied to the competition by their advisor, Dave Erickson.
Team members Hailey Hansen, Olivia Aquillon, Alex Clements, Anna Hullinger and Kaycee Goodrich competed against 11 other high school teams at the state competition. Their team was sponsored by the North Cache Conservation District.
Sky View High FFA placed first, Mountain Crest High FFA placed second in this year’s Utah Envirothon and Soldier Hollow 4-H placed third.
2014 Utah Envirothon
April 25-26 is the date for the 2014 Utah Envirothon competition at Castle Valley Outdoors Ranch near Emery, Utah.
Teams prepare during the school year for testing in five study areas: aquatic ecology, forestry, soils and land use, wildlife and this year’s current issue – Sustainable Agriculture. All Envirothon activities will take place at the ranch. Friday afternoon presentations will be given to a group of judges at the ranch Lodge with teams rotating through five field test stations on Saturday where they learn from resource professionals before taking a written test.
At the culmination of the two day event, Soldier Hollow Charter School was pronounced the overall winning team for the 2013 Utah Envirothon competition. They were accompanied by their advisor, Kelly Gallo, left side of picture. Next to Kelly is Bryn Dayton, Stella Trincado, Sierra Curtis and Sierra Enos. Ian Lowell was absent for the picture. The team will advance to the North American Envirothon event held at Bozeman, Montana in August.
Winning the FFA first place award was the Sky View team lead by Dave Erickson. Pictured with the state FFA president, from left to right, are Janessa Christensen, Katie Ann Erickson, Jake Goodsell, Madelyn Kunzler, and Kaycee Goodrich. The team will attend the national FFA natural resouce comptetition in Indianapolis in October.
Second place overall goes to the other Sky View team. Pictured left to right, Kohl Yocum, Hailey Hansen, Tyler Curtis, Brad Ashcroft, Brennan Evans, and advisor, Dave Erickson.
Third place team was Salem Hills High School. Pictured left to right are Sydney Shuler, Caitlin Peers, Elisabeth Haun, Justus Thomas, and Sierra King. Brad Shuler is their advisor.
Oral presentations were held at the Snow College campus in Richfield. The next day students gathered at Fremont Indian State Park, Sam Stowe campground. Ideal weather and a beautiful surrounding made for an enjoyable event.
Utah Envirothon 2013
April 26-27 is the date for the 2013 Utah Envirothon competition. This year held in the
Richfield, UT area.
Teams prepare during the school year for testing in five study areas: aquatic ecology,
forestry, soils and land use, wildlife and this year’s current issue Sustainable Rangeland Management. Friday night’s oral competition will be held on the Snow College campus where the students will present a land management plan to a panel of 5 judges. Saturday teams will rotate through five field test stations where they learn from resource professionals before taking a written test.
The overall Utah Envirothon winner earns an all expense paid trip in August to the North American Envirothon held at Montana State University in Bozeman Montana.
2012 Utah Envirothon Competition
Soldier Hollow Charter School placed first at the Utah Envirothon, held in Zion National Park, April 20 – 21. They were accompanied to the competition by Science Instructor Kelly Gallo and Chaperone Jennifer Curtis.
Team members (from left to right) are advisor Kelly Gallo, Christian Rigby, Ingrid Norton, Stella Trincado, Sierra Curtis, Bryn Dayton, and Sierra Enos. They competed against 18 other high school teams at the state competition. Christian Rigby participated with the team as an alternate member.
The top scoring team would normally go on to compete against teams from around the United States and Canada at the Canon Envirothon on July 26-Aug. 1 in Pennsylvania. However, since these students are 8th graders and younger than other high school age teams, they will not be representing Utah at the Canon Envirothon, which requires participants be at least 9th graders. This did not dampen the spirits of these young competitors, who are thrilled with their achievement.
A Salem Hills High School Team won second place, so they will be representing Utah at the Canon event this year. Team members are McKay Trotter, McKenna Jaussi, Bryce Trotter, Elisabeth Haun and McCrea Malkovich. Advisors are Brad Shuler and Steve Haskell.
Utah Envirothon 2012
On April 20-21, teams from the state will converge at Zion National Park for the 15th annual Utah Envirothon.
Teams are tested on their knowledge in five study areas: aquatic ecology, forestry, soils and land use, wildlife and this year’s current issue Salt and Fresh Water Estuaries. Friday night’s oral competition will be held at Hurricane High School where the students will present a land management plan to a panel of 5 judges. Saturday’s competition will be held at the Zion National Park. Teams will rotate through five field test stations where they learn from resource professionals before taking a written test.
The overall Utah Envirothon winner earns an all expense paid trip this July to the Canon Envirothon held in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Non-point Source Pollution relating to Low Impact Development is the topic for this year’s event.
Amazing teachers and advisors attend Utah Envirothon Workshop
A workshop to introduce the Envirothon program, was held Friday, January 6, 2012 at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. Instruction included hands-on activities to incorporate into classroom instruction, as well as discussion with resource professionals. Randy Lewis (NRCS) taught soil development, texture and introduced participants to the soil survey. Eric Peterson (USU Ext Water Quality) put participants to work on a short version of the aquatic test, using results as a teaching tool. Nicki Frey (USU Ext Wildlife) thoroughly discussed wildlife habitat, while Ext Forester, Darren McAvoy took everyone outside to measure trees and explain basic identification. Jim Bowcutt from UDEQ, Water Quality explained the current environmental issue, Low Impact Development. Finally, Ron Hellster, former Envirothon advisor, coached advisors on the oral presentation.
The winning team at the Utah Envirothon (held at Zion National Park) receives an all expense paid trip to the Canon Envirothon, North America’s largest environmental education competition. This year the students will travel to Pennsylvania to compete with over 50 teams from across the US and Canada.