EEAI is a yearly sponsor of the Indiana Envirothon. The Envirothon is a North American competitive learning event for high school-aged students. Envirothon tests the student's knowledge of environmental resources including soils, aquatics, forestry, wildlife and current environmental issues. "Like" the Indiana Envirothon on Facebook and check out their web page.
How Envirothon works:
Teams of five students, representing a school or organization, compete by answering questions and by studying resource problems in each of the five environmental areas. Before the competition, students study, with their advisors, to develop a greater understanding the environment.
At the Envirothon competition, students test their knowledge under the supervision of environmental instructors. Students use teamwork to develop creative solutions to environmental problems.
Indiana Envirothon resources
2017 Indiana Envirothon Booklet (reader friendly)
2017 Indiana Envirothon Booklet (printer friendly)
Note from Indiana Envirothon Chairperson, Darci Zolman:
Indiana Envirothon appreciates the support of the Environmental Education Association of Indiana for this amazing opportunity for high school students. The North America contest was held in July in Ontario, Canada and Indiana sent its state winning team from Kankakee Valley High School.
“We are so proud of how our Kankakee Valley FFA team represented Indiana at the North America Envirothon contest recently,” stated Indiana Envirothon President Darci Zolman. “They had a great experience!”
KANKAKEE VALLEY FFA (LEFT TO RIGHT): MEGAN GROEN, KAYLA GROEN, CHEYANN ODLE, EDDIE JEFFERSON, AND BRYAN SIPKEMA
Description of the North American Envirothon from the Kankakee Valley FFA
Kankakee Valley FFA members: Kayla Groen, Megan Groen, Eddie Jefferson, Cheyann Odle and Bryan Sipkema competed in the North American Envirothon at Trent University located near Peterborough in Ontario, Canada from July 24th to July 29th, 2016.
It’s a five day environmental educational competition for teams that have won their State or Province Event. More than 250 teams students from 52 States, Provinces and China took part. They put their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management to the test, taking written exams in five areas: soils, aquatics, wildlife, forestry and invasive species.
This year’s North American Envirothon host was Forests of Ontario, a charity that focuses on tree planting and forest education programs. The Executive Director of Forests of Ontario, Jessica Kaknevicus said, “The overall goal is to expose students to careers in the natural resources, to build skills and really build teamwork among students that are passionate about the environment.”
Each student from Kankakee Valley FFA team specialized in one or two areas to help focus on study materials. Kayla Groen specialty was forestry and invasive species, Megan Groen specialty was wildlife, Eddie Jefferson specialty was soils, Cheyann Odle specialty was aquatics, and Bryan Sipkema specialty was invasive species.
Besides the written exams, team members had 6 hour and 45 minutes to put together a 20 minute presentation on the invasive species, Silver Carp.
Winning the overall North American Envirothon Competition was the Providence of Ontario.
Members of the Kankakee Valley FFA, who attended the North American Envirothon enjoyed stopping at Niagara Falls, team building activities, hands-on environmental skills, and meeting students from across North American and China.
Kankakee Valley FFA Chapter Advisor, Steve Inman, was pleased with the positive performance of Kankakee Valley’s State Winning Team. “Every team member from the Kankakee Valley FFA did their best to represent Indiana at the North American Envirothon.”