History

History of Envirothon

  • Originating in 1979, the “Environmental Olympics”  first event was sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts and included three conservation districts. By 1988, the idea caught on and the first national competition was held.
  • Today the program has grown to include approximately 55 states and Canadian provinces and is North American’s largest high school environmental competition.
  • Utah held its first annual Envirothon in 1998, thanks to the Utah Association of conservation Districts, which agreed to commit annual seed money and staff support. Each year the statewide competition is held in the spring.

1998 –  Hyrum State Park in Hyrum, Utah, six teams. The current issue was watershed management.

Mountain Crest High School, Hyrum
Sponsored by the Blacksmith Fork Soil Conservation District

National Envirothon:  East Lansing, Michigan. Team members: (advisor Randy Stacey, co-advisor Christine Foley), Mike DeGasser, Tyler Bingham, Dustin Campbell, Devin Twedt and Merrilyne Lundahl.

 

1999 – Paradise Springs Ranch in Paradise, 14 teams. The current issue was wildfire management.

Uintah High School, Vernal                                                                                                Sponsored by Uintah Soil Conservation District

National Envirothon: Arcata, California, Humboldt State University, placed 16 out of 46 teams. Team members: Crissy Tolman, Riley Brinkerhoff, Heather Marshall, Adam Tenderholt, Ambre White (alternate) and Nathan MacLee (Advisor, Tom Elder)

 

2000 – Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area, Davis County, 14 teams. The current issue was wetlands management.

Logan High School in Logan, Utah
Sponsored by the North Cache Soil Conservation District

National Envirothon: Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Acadia University, placed 22 out of 49 teams.

Team members are (Jack Greene, advisor), Mary Cheney, Claire Neuber, Janelle Durst, Amber Westnskow and Nelda Ault, (co-advisor Liz Wright).

FFA Environmental & Natural Resource Career Development For the first time, the Utah Envirothon was designated the Utah FFA Association State Environmental & Natural Resources Career Development Event (state contest). 
Fremont High School, Plain City, Utah
Sponsored by the Weber County Soil Conservation District
Advisor: Jerry Allred

 

 

2001 – Draper, Utah. The current issue was urban non-point source pollution.

Logan High School, Logan, Utah
Sponsored by the North Cache Soil Conservation District

National Envirothon: Jackson, Mississippi, Hinds Community College. Team members are (clockwise top to bottom) advisor Jack Greene, Peter Giordano, Jessie Barnes, co-advisor Terry Barnes, Mimi Huang, Carolyn Lyons, Erika Neely.

National FFA Natural Resource Career Development competition: Louisville, Kentucky

Bear River High School in Tremonton, Utah
Sponsored by the Northern Utah Soil Conservation District
Advisor: Eldon Petersen

 

2002 – Dinosaur National Monument, Vernal, Utah. The current issue was introduced species and their effect on biodiversity.

Logan High School, Logan, Utah
Sponsored by the North Cache Soil Conservation District

National Envirothon: Amherst, Mass., Hampshire College to, placed 16 out of 49 teams.

Team members are (clockwise top to bottom) Katie Trieu, Erika Neely, Mark Sailor, advisor Jack Greene, Cassey Anderson and Jenna Forsyth.

National FFA Natural Resource Career Development competition: Louisville, Kentucky.
Manila High School in Manila, Utah
Sponsored by the Daggett Soil Conservation District
Advisor: Bill Schell

 

2003 – May 9-10, Black Island Farms, Syracuse, Utah. The current issue was agricultural land conservation and preservation.

Logan High School, Logan, Utah
Sponsored by the North Cache Soil Conservation District

National Envirothon: Emmitsburg, Md., Mount St. Mary’s College, placed 29 out of 50 teams.
Team members are (clockwise top to bottom) Erika Neely, Jenna Forsyth, advisor Jack Greene, Mark Sailor, Cassey Anderson and Katie Trieu.

National FFA Natural Resource Career Development competition: Louisville, Kentucky Team members are (left to right): Chelsie Cook, John Gillman, Bruce Daniel, Alexis Fausett, Candace Smuin.
Uintah High School; Advisor: David Wilson
Sponsored by the Uintah Soil Conservation District

 

2004 – May 7-8, McPolin Farm, Park City, Utah. The current issue was natural resource management in the urban environment.

Uintah High School, Vernal, Utah
Sponsored by the Uintah Soil Conservation District

National Envirothon: Wesleyan college, Buckhannon, WV,  placed 17th out of 51 teams.
Team members are (clockwise top to bottom): Bruce Daniel, Morgane Lauf, Andrea Severson, Rebecca Perry, Chris McFarland with advisor Tom Elder.

National FFA Natural Resource Career Development competition: Louisville, Kentucky
Hurricane High School
Sponsored by the Dixie Soil Conservation District
Team members: Trent Wade, Trinity Stout, Brad Cahoon, Colton Winder and Mandy Johnson with advisor, Dustin Dayley.

 

2005 –  April 29-30, Capitol Reef National Park. The current issue was managing cultural landscapes.

Uintah High School, Vernal, Utah
Sponsored by the Uintah Soil Conservation District

National Envirothon: southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO, placed 19th out of 51 teams.                       Team members: Lance Pflieger, Quayle Chew, Jenny Christiansen, Rachel Simmons and Jay Houtz with advisor, Tom Elder.

National FFA Natural Resource Career Development competition: Louisville, Kentucky. Team members are Kyle Woffinden, Trevor Slater and Chris Jensen, advisor, Lisa Hadfield

Lehi High School
Sponsored by the Alpine Soil Conservation District

 

2006 – May 12-13, Bear River Middle School & Boy Scout Camp Fife. The current issue was water stewardship in a changing climate.

Mountain Crest High School, Hyrum, Utah
Sponsored by the Blacksmith Fork Soil Conservation District

National Envirothon: University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, placed 51 out of 52 teams.
Team members: Parker Hellstern, Kory Brown, Ben Riffe, Adrian Bushman and Ethan Searle with advisor, Ron Hellstern.

National FFA Natural Resource Career Development competition: Indianapolis, Indiana

Manila High School
Sponsored by the Daggett Soil Conservation District

Team members are Michael Hughes, Autumn Hullinger, Karlee Schell, Chantz Potter and Lynsie Slaugh with FFA president, Shane Scofield. Advisor, Bill Schell

 

2007 –  May 12-13, Salt Lake Valley Landfill and West Valley Family fitness Center. Current Issue was Alternative Energy Sources.

Blacksmith Fork 4-H, Hyrum, Utah.  Advisor: Ron Hellstern
Sponsored by Blacksmith Fork Conservation District

National Envirothon: Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York.

FFA Team: Lehi High FFA; Advisor: Lisa Hadfield
Sponsored by Alpine Conservation District

National FFA Natural Resource Career Development competition: Indianapolis, IN

Twelve teams competed. The field site, at the landfill, was alongside a set of man-made wetlands and by a methane recapture and conversion facility.  For the first time, the winning team members were offered scholarships from the Utah State University College of Natural Resources.

 

2008 – April 25-26, Moab Arts and Recreation Center and BLM Gold Bar Recreation site.  Current Issue: Recreational Impacts on Natural Resources.

Blacksmith Fork 4-H, Hyrum, UT                                                                                           Sponsored by the Blacksmith Fork Conservation District.

National Envirothon: July 28 – August 3. Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ. The team placed 37 out of 54 teams.  Team members: Kory Brown, Ethan Searle, Brayden Mickelson, Ben Riffe, Houston Black, advisor, Ron Hellstern.

FFA Team: Hurricane High School FFA sponsored by the Dixie Conservation District.

Team members were:  Jess Batty, Celeste Jacobsen, Kody Davis, Toni Lindsay and Kristina Larsen with FFA Advisor Dustin Dayley.  National FFA Competition in Indianapolis, IN in October in the Environmental & Natural Resources Career Development Event.

 

2009 – April 24-25th, Festival Hall in Cedar City.                                                             Current Issue: Biodiversity in a Changing World.

Winning Team: Bonneville High School from Ogden. Sponsored by the Weber Conservation District.          Team members were: Colton Weese, David Taylor, Cody Cummings, Murielle Parkinson and advisor Michelle Wood.

Canon Envirothon: July, Asheville, North Carolina. The team placed 34 out of 52 teams. 

FFA Team: Hurricane High School, sponsored by the Dixie Conservation District.

Team members were: Jacob Stout, Brooke Gubler, Kourtney Tisdale, Drew Mills, Kitre Anderson with FFA Advisor Dustin Dayley.
National FFA Competition in Indianapolis, IN in October in the Environmental & Natural Resources Career Development Event.

There were 19 teams competing – including 7 FFA teams and 8 rookie teams.

 

2010 – April 30 and May 1, Wasatch High School, Heber City.   Current Issue: Protection of Groundwater through Urban, Agricultural and Environmental Planning.

Logan High School, sponsored by the North Cache Conservation District.

Team members: Katie Lueke, Robin Pendery, Rachel Wootton, Scott Aston, Gaurav Dhiman and advisor Andrew Semadeni (not pictured),UACD President, Bill Rasmussen.

Canon Envirothon: August, California State University Fresno, Fresno, California.

FFA Team: Lehi High School FFA

Team members were: Rhett Peterson, Chelsea Stephens, Jessica Riet, Jake Busk and advisor Lisa Clement.

National FFA Competition in Indianapolis, IN in October in the Environmental & Natural Resources Career Development Event.

26 teams competing – including 6 FFA teams and 6 rookie teams.

 

2011 – April 29 – 30, Box Elder High School and the Bear River Migratory Refuge west of Brigham City.                                                                                                                               Current Issue: Fresh and Saltwater Estuaries.        Entertainment by “Scales and Tails”.  

Sky View FFA, Smithfield, UT                                                                                            Sponsored by North Cache Conservation District.

Team members are: Jared Kunzler, Trent Peterson, Adam Aguillion, Case Haws, and Regina Ward, pictured with Wendell Stembridge (UACD President). Advisor: Dave Erickson

Canon Envirothon: July, Mt. Allison University, New Brunswick, Canada. National FFA Environmental and Natural Resouce Career Development: Indianapolis, Indiana.

Sixteen teams competed, half of which were FFA teams.

2012 – April 20-21, South Campground, Zion National Park.                                                   Current Issue: Non-point Source Pollution: Low Impact Development.

Soldier Hollow Charter School      Soldier Hollow 1st place               Sponsored by Wasatch Conservation District.

Advisor: Kelly Gallo, team members: Christian Rigby, Ingrid Norton, Stella Trincado, Sierra Curtis, Bryn Dayton, and Sierra Enos.

Unable to attend the Canon Envirothon in July due to their age. The second place team from Salem Hills, attended the North American event in Pennsylvania.

The winning FFA team will travel to Indianapolis, Indiana to compete at the nation FFA Convention in Environmental and Natural Resource Career Development.

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