A team of high school students from the University of Chicago Lab Schools took top honors at the 2022 Illinois Envirothon State Competition, the 26th annual competition. The winning team will now represent Illinois at the national Envirothon competition hosted by the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio from July 24 – 30, 2022.
The top three teams were announced following the conclusion of competitive events on Thursday, May 12th at the 4-H Memorial Camp in Monticello, Illinois.
The top 3 finishing teams included:
Univ. of Chicago Laboratory Schools
Hyde Park, Cook County, Illinois
Chrisman High School
Chrisman, Edgar County, Illinois
Hall High School
Spring Valley, Bureau County, Illinois
“Illinois Envirothon would like to congratulate the winning team and all the students who participated in the Envirothon competition this year,” said Alexa Lawson, program coordinator for the Illinois Envirothon.
The Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts (AISWCD) is proud to host the Illinois Envirothon State Competition, an educational competition held annually at the 4H Memorial Camp in Monticello. The competition tests five person teams of high school students from all corners of the state on their knowledge of the natural environment while requiring them to showcase and apply analytical problem-solving skills in developing solutions to environmental and natural resource issues. Participating teams are trained and later tested in five natural resource categories: soils/land use, aquatic ecology, wildlife, forestry, and current environmental issues.
The goal of the competition is to develop knowledgeable, skilled, and dedicated citizens who have an understanding of natural resources and are willing and prepared to work towards achieving and maintaining a balance between the quality of life and the environment, accomplished by developing in young people an understanding of the principles and practices of natural resource management and ecology and through practice dealing with complex resource management decisions.
The Illinois Envirothon is part of a larger international competition hosted by the National Conservation Foundation. Over 25,000 high school students across the United States, Canada and China participate in Envirothon educational competitions.
Created in 1979, the NCF-Envirothon is a hands-on environmental and natural resources problem-solving competition that builds leadership skills for high school students, grades 9-12 (ages 14-19), in the U.S., Canada and China.
The program consists of in-class curriculum with hands-on outdoor field experiences, where students can learn natural resource management techniques from natural resource professionals. State and provincial competition winners advance on to the annual NCF-Envirothon international competition for prizes and scholarships.
The NCF-Envirothon works in partnership with local conservation districts; agricultural, forestry and conservation organizations; schools and cooperating natural resource agencies to organize and conduct competitions.