LINCOLN, Neb. – Between Feb. 17 and March 2, Nebraska high school students competed around the state during regional Envirothon competitions demonstrating natural resources knowledge by identifying trees and animal tracks, calculating the number of steers on rangeland, and determining soil structure.
The winning teams from each Envirothon region as well as eight wildcards – selected based on their competition scores – qualify to compete at state. Out of the 75 teams that competed, this year’s state qualifiers include:
|Regional Winners/Wild Cards||School Name|
|Mid-Plains||Dawson County Envirothon Club|
|Central||St. Paul 1|
|Metro||Concordia 1 (Omaha)|
|Wild Card 1||Milford 1|
|Wild Card 2||Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo Academy – AMP|
|Wild Card 3||Tri-County 1|
|Wild Card 4||Loup City 1|
|Wild Card 5||Loup City 2|
|Wild Card 6||Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo Academy – Children of the Corn|
|Wild Card 7||Tri-County 2|
|Wild Card 8||St. Paul 2|
Traditionally, Nebraska’s six regional Envirothon competitions are hosted in conjunction with district agriculture education contests. High school students compete on five-member teams in seven environmental areas including: soils, aquatics, forestry, wildlife, range, policy and a current environmental issue.
Qualifying teams will compete at the State Envirothon April 27, at Camp Comeca near Cozad. During the state competition, teams compete in hands-on environmental testing stations as well as prepare and deliver an oral problem-solving presentation focusing on “Waste to Resources.”
The Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) Foundation awards cash prizes to the top three teams at the state competition:
- First Place: $1,500
- Second Place: $1,000
- Third Place: $500
Learn more about the Nebraska Envirothon at www.nrdnet.org/nebraska-envirothon.
— Nebraska Association of Resources Districts