The Central Platte NRD co-sponsors several events aimed to educate students about the importance of maintaining and cultivating our environmental resources through empowering activities and social interaction. Below are three high school contests that CPNRD participates in annually.
The Envirothon is a contest for high school students (five-member teams) designed to test their knowledge of forestry, range, soils, wildlife, aquatics, and natural resources policy. Students must also tackle a current environmental topic. The 2018 topic is “Western Rangeland.”
**The Central Region will host two contests this year:
February 12, 2018 8:30 a.m. Central Community College- Grand Island Contact: Marcia Lee, Central Platte NRD, (308) 385-6282, firstname.lastname@example.org
February 27, 2018 9:00 a.m. Central Community College – Platte Campus, Columbus Contact: Larry Schultz, Lower Loup NRD, (308) 728-3221, email@example.com
Click here for more information on this contest.
Land Judging is a high school competition that challenges students to gain a better understanding of soil structure and land evaluation. Land Judging enables each participant to learn how to recognize the physical features of the soil, determine land capability for crop production, and evaluate management practices needed for proper stewardship. Soil, land and home-site evaluation provide a setting for students to investigate the soils in their region, the environment that surrounds them and their effect on their daily lives.
**The South Central Contest was held October 4, 2016 in Merrick County. Click here for results.
Visit: https://www.nrdnet.org/nebraska-land-judging-soil-evaluation or contact Marcia Lee for more information.
Range Judging is a high school competition that challenges students to gain a better understanding of Nebraska rangelands which makes up half of the State’s land area. Range judging enables each participant to learn how to recognize range plants, range sites and the need for proper grazing practices. CPNRD works with the Society for Range Management, NRCS and UNL Extension to host Area 4 Range Judging contests. 2016 Contest dates in Nebraska.
**The Area 4 Range Judging contest was held on September 21, 2016 in Hamilton County. Click here for results.