Envirothon – Getting High School Students Involved in Natural Resource Based Fields

Envirothon – Getting High School Students Involved in Natural Resource Based Fields


The Van Buren Conservation District (VBCD) and Voyagers 4-H are looking to recruit Van Buren County high school students for Envirothon!  What exactly is Envirothon?  Envirothon is a nationwide program where high school student that have an environmental interest in topics such as Aquatic Ecology, Energy, Forestry, Soils/Geology, Wildlife and Agriculture receive training from resource professionals in the subject areas and compete against other student teams across the region, state, and for the winning State team, nation. Students can join a team with other students or recruit an advisor and build their own Envirothon Team.  All qualified Envirothon Teams compete against other high school students at a regional competition.

The VBCD staff will be hosting a series of educational sessions for students, both classroom and in field opportunities, to come and learn more in depth about the subject areas. Sessions will include professional resource presentations, hands-on experiences, take home study information, and practice competitions and quizzes to help teams prepare for the Envirothon competitions. Envirothon is a great way to see if the subject areas are something you’d like to continue working towards for your future, to meet and ask questions to a wide variety of professionals in the field, and to show extra circular and academic achievement to your resume. “Envirothon is a great program to volunteer for and compete as a student.  I was involved as a student, it showed me what a career in Natural Resources could look like and allowed me to meet professionals in a variety of fields. Envirothon is what introduced me to my Conservation District, who later hired me, and without Envirothon I don’t know if I would have this job I have today”, stated Kyle Mead, VBCD’s Michigan Agricultural Educational Assurance Program (MAEAP) Technician. Mead has been at the VBCD for fifteen years and has been working with Envirothon ever since high school.

Last year, the only Van Buren County Envirothon Team, won 1st place at Regionals (scheduled this year for 3/14/2019 at Ft. Custer in Augusta) and did very well at State (scheduled for 05/15/2019) in many of the subject area competitions! We are looking forward to another stellar year and would like to invite you for the educational fun. 

Please contact us at 269-657-4030x5 or emailed at alison.brucks@mi.nacdnet.net. For additional information, you can check out the Michigan Envirothon page at www.MACD.org and click on the Envirothon tab.

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