The Nebraska Envirothon is a competition designed for high school students (9-12th grades) to test their knowledge about the environment. Five-member teams compete on the regional level in seven areas of environmental studies: soil, aquatics, forestry, policy, wildlife, range, environmental policy and current issues. For the state competition, an oral presentation, on a topic selected by the North American Envirothon Committee, is added to the testing stations.
State Contest Results
The 2018 Nebraska Envirothon State Championship team hails from Concordia High School. This is the school’s sixth consecutive win at the state competition. Concordia High School Team 1 will now prepare for the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) Envirothon competition in Pocatello, Idaho July 22 – July 28, 2018. This is an international competition.
The state contest was held at Niobrara State Park in Niobrara, Nebraska on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Fourteen student teams, consisting of five members each, first competed in regional contests held across the state. The highest scoring teams had the opportunity to compete at the state competition.
The high school teams compete in seven areas of environmental studies: soils, aquatics, forestry, wildlife, range, policy and form an oral presentation on a current environmental issue they present to a group of judges. This year, the students prepared oral presentations on range challenges in Nebraska. Test questions are not only written, but many require hands-on observations, tools, measurements, and calculations.
“These students impress me to no end,” said Larry Reynolds, president of the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) and board member for the Tri-Basin Natural Resources District. “The dedication and interest they show in learning about Nebraska’s natural resources is exciting as we hope some of them will eventually seek careers in the field and contribute to creating a sustainable Nebraska.”
Concordia High School Team 1 took first place in Oral Presentations, Forestry and Policy. West Holt won first place in Range. Arapahoe High School and Sumner Eddyville Miller High Schools tied for first place in Soils. Concordia Team 7 and Sidney High School tied for first place in Aquatics. Aurora High School took first place in Wildlife.
Members of the first-place team from Concordia High School in Omaha, Nebraska. They are all seniors. The students’ names are Bridget Backer, Abby Sharp, Peyton Cole, Mac Torosian, and Blake Hawkins. Their coach is Mike Ellis, a science teacher at Concordia High School. The State Runner-up team is Southern Valley High School from Southern Valley, Nebraska. Arapahoe High School from Arapahoe took third place. This year there were 14 schools that competed at the state competition. High schools that participated this year included two teams from Concordia High School, Southern Valley, Arapahoe, St. Paul, Burwell, Sumner Eddyville Miller, Norris, two teams from Ord High School, Sidney, Aurora, Milford, and West Holt.
More than 30 volunteers came to help with the competition.
Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) Foundation is the annual sponsor of the Nebraska Envirothon. The first, second, and third overall placing teams received recognition from the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts Foundation. NARD Foundation gave $1,500 to the first-place winning team, $1,000 to the second-place winning team and $500 to the third-place winning team. Each team must use the money to enhance their high school’s Envirothon and natural resources and agriculture programs. The winning team can also use it to help pay their way to the international competition. Each team member on the winning team was also awarded a $500 scholarship by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to be used towards a major in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
Other sponsors and supporters for this year’s Envirothon include Smithfield Foods – Omaha, Lincoln and Crete campuses, FYRA Engineering, Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS), Midwest Laboratories, Nebraska Forest Service, Farm Credit Services of America, Platte River Recovery Implementation Program, HDR, Olsson Associates, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources.
2018 Central Region Contests
Two contests were held in the central region this year in conjunction with the District Agriculture Education Contests. Scores
Congratulations to the top placing teams: Tie for 11st—Aurora & St. Paul (127 points), Waverly (114 points), Blue Hill (108 points).
Seven regional Envirothon contests are held around the state. Teams that score highest in those contests are invited to the Nebraska State Envirothon to be held Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at Niobrara State Park. The winner of that contest will go on to represent Nebraska at the National Conservation Foundation contest to be held at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. National Conservation Foundation Video
Note: Schools may register to compete at ANY regional contest, allowing schools the flexibility on what location and date they’d like to compete; however, schools may only compete in one regional contest per year.
-Forming Teams: There are no limits on the number of teams from each school taking part in the regional contest. The regional competition is during FFA District competitions, however, FFA membership is not a requirement– science clubs, Scouts, 4-H, FFA and other five-member teams can enter.
-Tie-Breaker Rule: There is a tie-breaker question for each contest to determine a winner. The tie-breaker question will be a pre-selected question from the Aquatics section of the contest.
Visit the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts website for the Study Guide and other Envirothon information.