Leelanau Conservation District Receives Michigan Envirothon Award

Friday, November 09, 2018

The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) and the Michigan Envirothon program honored Leelanau Conservation District with the 2018 Michigan Envirothon District of the Year Award on Tuesday, October 30th during the MACD Fall Convention held in Bellaire, MI.
MACD annually presents the Envirothon District of the Year Award to recognize a Conservation District that has provided outstanding  support, dedication and leadership in natural resource conservation education for Michigan's youth through the Michigan Envirothon Program.   

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 has been helping to educate the next generation of Michigan leaders since 1994.   

"Michigan Envirothon is pleased to honor the Leelanau Conservation District with the 2018 District of the Year Award," said Angela Sandusky, Michigan EnvirothonCoordinator. "We credit the entire Leelanau staff and board members for offering their support to the program since its inception 24 years ago, and especially would like to thank them for their role in the successful completion of the 2018 program year."

Leelanau District staff and Board members provided hours of support, financially sponsoring and working directly with local teams, leading reviews at regional events and participating as volunteers throughout the 2018 State Competition held in Lake Ann.  

"I would like to specially recognize Lynn Baker, Director Leelanau CD, for answering the challenge this year for local support in preparing for the State Competition. Lynn was instrumental in providing local information for our testing and training committee and participated in several site visits to help our team create a quality experience for our students," said Sandusky. "Leelanau Conservation District staff and board members are leaders in helping move youth conservation education forward in Michigan and are a great asset to the Michigan Envirothon Program."

From left: Elaine Brown, MACD Secretary/Treasurer; Gerald Miller, MACD Vice President; Kama Ross, Leelanau CD Forester; Angela Sandusky, ME Program Coordinator; Art Pelon, MACD President and Lori Phalen, MACD Executive Director.

About Michigan Envirothon 
Michigan Envirothon is an environmental education program of the MichiganAssociation of Conservation Districts. Michigan Envirothon benefits over 3,000 students, teachers and community members every year and has positively impacted the lives of hundreds of Michigan's youth, with many past participants moving on to become natural resource professionals. Every Michigan high school student is eligible to participate, and every year in Michigan teams of high school students and adult advisors come together to study the subjects of Agriculture, Aquatic Ecology, Energy, Forestry, Soils/Geology, Wildlife and a Current Environmental Issue that rotates every year. For more information visit our website www.michiganenvirothon.org

Envirothon Students - Making Michigan Greater

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

I feel assurance over Michigan’s future after hearing dynamic, hardworking, community spirited, smart and thoughtful students presenting their projects at the recent Michigan Envirothon at Lake Ann Camp in Lake Ann, MI.

Envirothon is a national program for high school students interested in environmental stewardship in areas of: agriculture, aquatic ecology, energy, forestry, soils/geology, wildlife, and environmental issues.  Students meet in local groups, research and learn about the seven core topics and test their skills in competition.  

In Michigan, in addition to learning about the seven core environmental topics, students research local environmental and natural resource issues to select a topic they will address through their community environmental service project.  They then work together as a team to plan, earn or solicit funding, carry out and collect their project’s results.  Student teams come together to test their knowledge and skills at the regional competitions in the early spring, with the top 24 teams advancing to the Michigan Envirothon State Competition held in May.  During the competition, students are tested on the seven core topics and also provide a written project summary and team presentation before a panel of judges.  The top scoring team will then advance to the next level of competition, the National Conservation Foundation’s Envirothon at Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID, July 22-28, 2018.  

Nineteen Michigan Envirothon teams presented their projects as well as participated in this year’s many learning activities.  Projects ranged from installation of a solar panel at their school to educating elementary students on the importance of pollinators and maintenance of pollinator food sources.  There were projects on frog and toad populations; hazards and removal of the invasive Japanese Knotweed; storm drain labeling and community education on storm water management; invasive goby problem and education through a fishing contest plus many more creative projects.

Significantly these nineteen teams reached out to 3,166 students and 7,510 adults through their programming.  They made over seventy-eight presentations on their environmental topic to local stakeholders.  They worked with many local community groups and enlisted 388 volunteers to participate in their outreach.  I’m proud to see such dedicated young people helping their local community and becoming knowledgeable citizens with skills, understanding and a love of Michigan’s natural resources.

Roberta Dow, Vice Chair of the Benzie Conservation District and Michigan Envirothon volunteer.

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.