What Is An Envirothon?

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2010 L.I. Envirothon Usdan Center for the Performing and Creative Arts Wheatley Heights, NY

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2010 L.I. Envirothon Usdan Center of the Performing & Creative Arts

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2010 L.I. Envirothon Usdan Center of the Performing & Creative Arts

The Envirothon is an environmental studies competition for high school students from Nassau and Suffolk County. The completion tests teams knowledge on five environmental disciplines: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, and a current issue—which changes annually. In past years, the current issue has covered topics such as: agricultural preservation, invasive species, non-point source pollution, wildlife management, wetlands, biodiversity, alternative and renewable energy, etc.

Prior to the event, high school students form five-member teams who work together to complete the exams.  The exams are developed by regional experts and designed to test the teams knowledge of Soils, Aquatics, Forestry, Wildlife, and Current Issues. In addition to the multiple choice exams, teams also give a 5-minute oral presentation on a problem solving scenario related to the year's current issue topic. The primary goal of the Envirothon is to learn about the natural environment we live in so as to become stewards of the land.  In preparation for the event, students develop research skills, practice team building, and gain an appreciation for consensus decision making.

This year, the Long Island Regional Envirothon will be taking part in the Statewide Regional Event for the 2022 competition.  The testing days will vary by regions (Nassau and Suffolk County are region 5)  on a set day that week to be determined after registration deadline.  Team registration for the event will be online.

Why do we have Envirothons?

The Envirothon Committee has carefully developed the program's learning objectives. They correlate with the New York State Department of Education's Learning Standards in the areas of Mathematics, Science & Technology, Social Studies, and English Language Arts. With the education tools provided, students aspire to an advanced level of understanding about their natural surroundings. They reveal their knowledge through utilization of their research and evaluation abilities, while expanding their decision making and problem-solving skills.

The Envirothon was developed by a former NYC Soil & Water Conservation District Environmental Educator, Karlee Yurek, for her thesis. 

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The Envirothon team recieved proclamations from the Suffolk County Legislature on Tuesday for their accomplishments on the state level in May. They were sixth out of 50+ teams representing counties across New York. Way-to-go Sachem North!! From left to right; Legislator Krupski 1st District, Legislator Muratore 4th District, Legislator Kennedy 12th District, SC Soil & Water District Board Member Brian Culhane, students: Chris Eagler, Emily Hudak, Emily Gelardi, Miranda Garcia-Cassani, and Anika Banerjee, advisor Monica Saleh, LI Envirothon coordinator Sharon Frost, Legislator Cilmi 10th District, Legislator Calarco 7th District and Legislator Lindsay 8th District.

​LONG  ISLAND  REGIONAL  ENVIROTHON

Phone: (516) 364-5860

Email: dbetts@nassauswcd.org

1864 Muttontown Road
Syosset, NY 11791