OXFORD, OH – On July 29, the Massachusetts Envirothon team from Lexington, Massachusetts, was named the champion of the 2022 National Conservation Foundation (NCF)-Envirothon, an international environmental and natural resources education competition for high school students.
“I’d like to congratulate the Massachusetts team and all the students for their hard work,” saidNCFExecutiveDirectorJeremyPeters. “Their dedication to environmental and natural resource issues have shown that the future of conservation is in good hands.”
Forty teams from across the U.S. and Canada traveled to this year’s competition, from July 24-29, hosted in partnership with the OhioFederationofSoilandWaterConservationDistricts, at Miami University in Oxford, OH. Throughout the week-long competition, students demonstrated their knowledge on soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry and wildlife management through written tests and interactive stations featuring Ohio’s natural resources. The teams were also tested on and then prepared oral presentations on this year’s current issue, “Waste to Resources.”
“Over the last week we have seen amazing skills out of the kids at this year’s competition,” saidWendeeDodds, Chair of the Ohio Envirothon Committee. “They are all so bright and committed to conservation-minded activities that will make the world better. I also can’t thank our team enough for honoring their promise to teach the next generation by lending their time and talents.”
The winning NCF-Envirothon teams are awarded scholarships and prizes, with the top three scoring teams receiving $30,000 in total, thanks to the support of Smithfield Foods, Inc. Scholarships for fourth through tenth place were awarded thanks to financial donations from NCF, National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA), Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) Foundation, and the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) President’s Association.
The top 10 teams from the competition are:
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The 2023 NCF-Envirothon annual international competition will be held in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada, from July 23-29, where students will be tested on the topic, “Adapting to a Changing Climate.”
The National Conservation Foundation (NCF) is a 501(c)3 organization that aims to identify and advance strategic programs and partnerships to deliver conservation solutions through locally-led conservation and to develop the next generation of conservation leaders. NCF-Envirothon is a program of NCF. Visit the NCF website to learn more.
NCF-Envirothon is a hands-on environmental problem-solving competition that builds leadership skills for high school students, grades 9-12 (ages 14-19), in the United States, Canada and China. NCF-Envirothon’s mission is to educates students about the environment and conservation of natural resources through hands-on outdoor experiences, academic study and collaborative competitions. The program educates future stewards, promotes E-STEM (environment, science, technology, engineering and math) education, creates community awareness and fosters appreciation and respect for the natural world. Visit the NCF-Envirothon website to earn more.
Wildlife ecology and conservation major Hannah Slesinski worked with the Delaware Forest Service to check traps and identify invasive insects that cause destruction to trees across the state. (Photo by Kate Zincone, University of Delaware)