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Leelanau Conservation District Receives Michigan Envirothon District of the Year 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



Glen Lake Third place Community Outreach Project ME State Competition

Friday, May 15, 2015

Glen Lake High School Take Third place for their Community Outreach Project at the Michigan Envirothon State Competition

A team of students from Glen Lake High School, Caleb and the Galaxy Gals, took third place in the Community Outreach category at the Michigan Envirothon State Competition held May 6th – 8th at Ft. Custer Training Center in Augusta, MI. Seniors Bryanne Palmer, Jane Lively, McKenna Turrill, Skylar Gleason and freshman Caleb Gleason finished third among teams from across the state after putting their public speaking, civic engagement and problem solving to the test.

The 21st annual Michigan Envirothon State Competition hosted remarkable students from around the state.  Twenty four teams qualified and received invitations to the State Competition.  Teams qualified through regional contests held around the state throughout the month of March.

The Michigan Envirothon (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.  In addition to gaining valuable knowledge, teams also complete a Community Outreach Project as part of the competition; identifying and addressing an environmental issue in their community through hands-on problem solving and community education.  A unique component of ME, the community outreach project insures that the program reaches the community, not just the students involved.

A panel of judges evaluated oral and written presentations given by each team, which detailed their community outreach project. As always, all of the teams implemented impressive community action and outreach projects.  The team focused on the importance of local food and how it helps support local economies, reduce the production of fossil fuels from the shipment of food and help build a healthier community.  The team revived a community garden in Empire, MI as part of their project. 

ME is an environmental science based education program for high school students, presented in a team-based competition format.  ME is designed to foster critical thinking, wise stewardship and community involvement. By participating in ME, students and advisors gain knowledge of current environ-mental issues and are motivated to become engaged stewards of Michigan’s natural resources.  

Michigan Envirothon is administered by the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts, a 501(C)3 non profit organization. All Michigan high school students are eligible to compete. For more information about Michigan Envirothon go to www.michiganenvirothon.org or contact Angela Sandusky, Michigan Envirothon coordinator at mienirothon@macd.org or (517)930-7449.

 

*Photos are available upon request

Roseville High School Second Place Community Outreach Project ME State Competition

Friday, May 15, 2015

Roseville High School Take Second place For their Community Outreach Project at the Michigan Envirothon State Competition

A team of students from Roseville High School, Sandy Loam, took first place in the Community Outreach category at the Michigan Envirothon State Competition held May 6th – 8th at Ft. Custer Training Center in Augusta, MI. Allen Adams, Joe Kavalchik, Kyle Rumer, Mike McConnel, Morgan Barbaret, Nathan Richendollar, Philip Longueuil, and Tylor Roberts finished Second among teams from across the state after putting their public speaking, civic engagement and problem solving to the test.

The 21st annual Michigan Envirothon State Competition hosted remarkable students from around the state.   Twenty four teams qualified and received invitations to the State Competition.  Teams qualified through regional contests held around the state throughout the month of March.

The Michigan Envirothon (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.  In addition to gaining valuable knowledge, teams also complete a Community Outreach Project as part of the competition; identifying and addressing an environmental issue in their community through hands-on problem solving and community education.  A unique component of ME, the community outreach project insures that the program reaches the community, not just the stu-dents involved.

A panel of judges evaluated oral and written presentations given by each team, which  detailed their community outreach project. As always, all of the teams implemented impressive community action and outreach projects.  Sandy Loam identified a number of problems with modern food production and availability in their urban area.  The team decided to canvas the city door-to-door informing residents of the current state of affairs, and to try to get as many of them as possible to start their own vegetable/fruit gardens.  As they canvassed, they passed out literature on the subject and conducted surveys of their effectiveness.

ME is an environmental science based education program for high school students, presented in a team-based competition format.  ME is designed to foster critical thinking, wise stewardship and community involvement. By participating in ME, students and advisors gain knowledge of current environ-mental issues and are motivated to become engaged stewards of Michigan’s natural resources.  

Michigan Envirothon is administered by the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts, a 501(C)3 non profit organization. All Michigan high school students are eligible to compete. For more information about Michigan Envirothon go to www.michiganenvirothon.org or contact Angela Sandusky, Michigan Envirothon coordinator at mienirothon@macd.org or (517)930-7449.

*Photos are available upon request

Valley Lutheran First place Community Outreach Project ME State Competition

Friday, May 15, 2015

Valley Lutheran High School Take First place For their Community Outreach Project ME State Competition

A team of students from Valley Lutheran High school, the Atoms Family, took first place in the Community Outreach category at the Michigan Envirothon State Competition held May 6th – 8th at Ft. Custer Training Center in Augusta, MI. Chelsey Bach, Alexus Grieber, RachelHelmreich. Rachel Diehl, Zachary Peil, Sydney Princing, Allison Eischer, and Kaylee Dilleree finished first among teams from across the state after putting their public speaking, civic engagement and problem solving to the test.

The 21st annual Michigan Envirothon State Competition hosted remarkable students from around the state.  Twenty four teams qualified and received invitations to the State Competition.  Teams qualified through regional contests held around the state throughout the month of March.

The Michigan Envirothon (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.  In addition to gaining valuable knowledge, teams also complete a Community Outreach Project as part of the competition; identifying and addressing an environmental issue in their community through hands-on problem solving and community education.  A unique component of ME, the community outreach project insures that the program reaches the community, not just the students involved.

A panel of judges evaluated oral and written presentations given by each team, which detailed their community outreach project.  As always, all of the teams implemented impressive community action and outreach projects.  The Atoms Family sought to find a way to address the lack of fresh produce in their community.  Their local Saginaw community has been classified as a food desert by the USDA.  To address this major concern, the students designed and installed a community care garden producing food for Hidden Harvest and Old Town Soup Kitchen will provide residents in need with fresh healthy food while reducing the impact of large scale agriculture for years to come. 

 ME is an environmental science based education program for high school students, presented in a team-based competition format.  ME is designed to foster critical thinking, wise stewardship and community involvement. By participating in ME, students and advisors gain knowledge of current environ-mental issues and are motivated to become engaged stewards of Michigan’s natural resources.  

Michigan Envirothon is administered by the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts, a 501(C)3 non profit organization. All Michigan high school students are eligible to compete. For more information about Michigan Envirothon go to www.michiganenvirothon.org or contact Angela Sandusky, Michigan Envirothon coordinator at mienirothon@macd.org or (517)930-7449.

Photos are available upon request