Michigan Envirothon Competitive by Nature

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

As winter comes to a close, so to the annual Michigan Envirothon Regional competitions, however, the action is not even close to over!  After a month of events around the state, scores have been tallied, community outreach projects have received feedback and top teams have been invited to the State Competition. 

This year, Michigan’s Regional competitions were held March 6th through April 4th.  The top 24 teams will come together in Lake Ann, May 21st – 23rd to test their knowledge, make some new friends and battle it out for the chance to become State Champions.  The State Champs will represent Michigan at the international NCF-Envirothon to be held in Pocatello, Idaho, July 22 - July 28

Michigan Envirothon (ME) has been inspiring and training the next generation of Michigan’s natural resource leaders since 1994.  Designed to foster critical thinking, wise stewardship, and community involvement, ME is an exciting and challenging way to provide natural resource and environmental science education to high school students throughout the state of Michigan.  The ME program focuses on using the outdoors as a classroom, utilizing diverse "eco-stations" as competition testing sites, and interaction and training with professionals in the field.  There are seven subject areas covered every year: agriculture, aquatic ecology, energy, forestry, soils/geology, wildlife and a current issue that changes each year.  The 2018 current issue is rangeland management.

In addition to gaining valuable knowledge in the subject areas, teams also must complete a Community Outreach Project (COP) as part of the program.  Teams identify and address an environmental issue in their community through hands-on problem solving and community action.  One of the most unique components of the Michigan Envirothon program, the Community Outreach Project ensures that the program reaches the community and not just the students involved.  The COP not only expands the students' knowledge, but also gives them a chance to work with local government, community groups, their school, and their peers, to make a real impact in their community.

Through the Envirothon program, Conservation Districts and other natural resource professionals share their passion and skills with students, impacting thousands of individuals every year.  Envirothon provides valuable natural resource education, career exploration, and exposure to local resources. All those touched by the program will at a minimum become better informed citizens as they become our future leaders, regardless of their career path.  The competition and training events, as well as the preparation leading up to them, provide experiences and relationships that can last a lifetime. 

Stay up to date on Michigan Envirothon through our website, Facebook, or contact Michigan Envirothon to be added to the ME mailing list for periodic newsletters, invites and updates.