Erik Johnson Recognized by Michigan Envirothon and Michigan Association of Conservation Districts

Sunday, November 09, 2014
The Michigan Envirothon and the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) honored Erik Johnson, Regional Coordinator, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, with the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award on Tuesday, October 28th. The award honors Erik Johnson for his outstanding support, dedication and leadership in natural resource conservation education for Michigan's high school students and was presented during the MACD Annual Convention held in Bellaire, MI. 
The Michigan Envirothon Volunteer of the Year is named annually to recognize the outstanding contributions of an individual to environmental education in Michigan. Michigan Envirothon is an environmental science based education program for high school students, presented in a team-based competition format.  Designed to foster critical thinking, wise stewardship and community involvement, the program presents environmental education in a unique and motivating way, emphasizing hands-on learning in the outdoors and interaction with natural resource professionals, like 2014 Volunteer of the Year, Erik Johnson.  
"Michigan Envirothon is pleased to honor Erik Johnson with the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award," said Angela Sandusky, Michigan Envirothon Coordinator.  "Erik is soils education for Michigan Envirothon, I could not do it without him.  Erik has been volunteering his time and talents with Michigan Envirothon for 16 of its 20 year history, more than any other volunteer.  He is dedicated to the mission of Envirothon and always willing to roll up his sleeves and play in the 'dirt' with the students." 

Left to Right: Angela Sandusky, MI Envirothon Coordinator, MACD. Erik Johnson, Regional Coordinator MDARD, 2014 Envirothon Volunteer of the Year, Becky Huttenga, Executive Director, Ottawa County CD, 2014 Envirothon District of the Year  Art Pelon, MACD President.

In addition to working with individual teams, and providing years of regional and state review sessions Erik has also written state and regional testing questions, prepared resource materials for students and helped to host the international competition, the North American Envirothon.  He has also volunteered his time at the organizational level and traveled many miles to attend competitions and determine testing locations.    
Congratulations Erik, and thank you for your hard work and dedication to the Michigan Envirothon!