The Virginia Envirothon is a team based natural resources competition for high school students. Students learn stewardship and management concepts and work to solve real world environmental problems. The program is field-oriented, community based and gives students an opportunity to work with natural resource professionals.
Who makes up a team and what do they do?
Students work in teams of five. Throughout the school year students prepare to compete at the local level, qualify to then compete at the area level and the top three teams from the six Soil & Water Conservation District areas in the state compete to be the State Winner. These teams of high school students are tested on their knowledge of natural resources-soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatics and a current environmental issue. Students visit five “in-the-field” test stations where written and hands-on problem solving is required along with an oral presentation formulating a strategy to address a specific environmental issue they’ve been presented with. The event is competitive but education is the bottom line.
Teams can be created through school clubs, classes, home school groups, 4-H groups, scout troops, local nature centers etc. The only requirements of a team are a minimum of five students and one adult advisor/chaperone.
Both Buckingham and Cumberland County High Schools had Envirothon Teams for the 2019 competition.
Members of the Buckingham team are:
Caleb Walter, Enoch Matthews, Connor Bohannon. Foster Smith, Cole Bohanon
Alternates: Resa Smith and Sean Bowen
Coach: Andrew J. Schmitt
Congratulations to the Buckingham Team for placing 3rd at the Area V Competition and advancing to the state competition.
Members of the Cumberland team are:
Anaya McClinton, Julie Westbrook, Dawn Helton, Geneva Curtain, Matthew Dunlop
Alternates: Caitlin Hartley and Bryan Mancilla
Coach: Trae Shidell
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