2019 WV Envirothon to be held at Canaan Valley Resort State Park in Tucker County April 17-18. It is open to high school students grades 9-12. A team consists of five members and can be created through school clubs, home school groups, 4-H groups, scout troops, and more. Participants explore current environmental and earth sciences within the framework of five disciplines: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, and a current environmental topic.
What is the Envirothon?
The West Virginia Envirothon is a conservation education program and competition for students in grades 9 through 12. The West Virginia Envirothon focuses on five subject areas: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, and a current environmental topic. By participating in the Envirothon program students learn about West Virginia's diverse ecosystem and how they can help conserve and protect it for future generations.
How can I participate?
To participate in the West Virginia Envirothon, you must first put together a team of five students and one adult advisor/chaperone. Teams can be created through school clubs, home school groups, classes, 4-H groups, scout troops, etc. The next step is to register your team for the upcoming West Virginia Envirothon, get your study materials and prepare for the competition. Teams are tested on their natural resource knowledge, skills, and problem-solving abilities.
First Place Team: $5,000
Second Place Team: $3,750
Third Place Team: $2,500
Fourth Place Team: $1,750
Fifth Place Team: $1,250
1. All Teams are eligible
2. Station Awards will be presented as follows:
a. For the purpose of stimulating conservation and environmental education, students will be awarded $250 per team for the highest team score at each station. The stations include Forestry, Aquatics, Soils, Wildlife and current 5th topic.
b. For the purpose of stimulating conservation and Environmental education within the classroom, $250 will be awarded to the station winner's Advisor/Teacher. The stations include Forestry, Aquatics, Soils, Wildlife and current 5th topic
3. Awards will be presented to the top scoring team in each subject category: Wildlife, Aquatics, Forestry, Soils and current 5th topic.
4. Ties will be settled by a tie breaker question or questions presented at each testing site, Aquatics, Forestry, Wildlife, Soils and current 5th topic.
$500 Attendance Award*
1. The top five placing teams and the station award teams are NOT eligible for the attendance award
2. All five members of each Team must be present at the final presentation to be eligible
3. The drawing will be held prior to the announcement of the 1st place team
*Teams MUST attend all scheduled events. Penalties may be handed out to teams that do not attend events
2019 Envirothon Training Opportunities
The Northern Panhandle District
has scheduled a training for 9 a.m. on March 28 at the Shaffer farm in Marshall County.
For more information contact the district office at (304) 238-1231. The district also serves students in Ohio, Brooke and Hancock counties.
The Potomac Valley Conservation District
has planned a training for March 29 at Brookedale Farm in Mineral County, with the time still to be determined. For more information contact the district office at (304) 822-5174 or Andrea Mongold at (304) 553-3102. The Potomac Valley Conservation District serves Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral and Pendleton counties.
The West Fork Conservation District
will have a training at 9 a.m. on April 4 at Doddridge County Park. The district covers teams in Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison and Lewis counties. For more information contact the district office at (304) 627-2160.
The Upper Ohio Conservation District
is planning a training for students from Pleasants, Tyler and Wetzel counties at the Tyler Rod and Gun Club on April 5 at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Envirothon Committee Chairman Wayne McKeever at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Eastern Panhandle Conservation District
will hold a training April 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Nature Center at Cacapon State Park. This will include a question-and-answer session for the teams wanting specific questions and methods answered. Most of the training will be outdoors (so dress for mud and weather) and a pizza will be served for lunch. Questions can be directed to Heather Duncan at 681-247-3013. The district covers teams in Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties.
Teams will have to turn in their posters when they register. The posters will be given to the teams at the time scheduled for their 15 minute practice session. to receive full credit, presentations must be between 5 minutes and 7 minutes. Points will be deducted according to the score sheet if they take less time. Teams will be stopped at 7 minutes. This will allow time for a three minute Question and Answer session with the judges.
Poster Rules and Regulations
1. 3 posters, can use front and back, white poster board only, size 22x28 inches only (nothing larger or smaller)
2. Any media, Flat surface, 2 dimensional only, no 3 dimensional posters
3. 3 X 5 inch notecards can be used to read from; cannot be used as visual aid
4. No add-ons, nothing to increase 22x28 inch size, no flipcharts, pull-outs, etc
5. Absolutely no props. Pointer and easel will be provided. This prohibits the use of electronic equipment (computers, smart phones, etc.)
6. No team, school, county, district, or personal names on posters
7. No identifying clothing to be worn, Envirothon t-shirts required
Posters not adhering to rules and any props will be confiscated. Points will be deducted for infractions of rules 6 and 7 (see score sheet).
Top Five Presentation
The top five teams will give the same presentation as the previous day, complete with 3 minute Question and Answer period. After that, each team will be asked the same bonus question. Teams will have up to three minutes to confer on an answer, and one minute to provide the answer.
At the end of the competition, all posters not picked up will be recycled.
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Want to get involved?
For additional information, contact Envirothon Chairman Wayne McKeever by email at email@example.com or by mail at West Virginia Envirothon
742 Airport Rd. Sutton, WV 26601