Urban forestry is current issue for the 2015 Washington State Envirothon, which could be a great way to connect students, schools, and communities with urban forestry efforts statewide. Conservation districts across Washington are just beginning their plans to promote the 2015 Washington State Envirothon to high schools around the state this coming September, and they could use your help.

The Washington State Envirothon is an annual competition in which teams compete for recognition and the opportunity to attend the North American Envirothon competition by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management. The teams, each consisting of five high school students (grades 9-12), exercise their problem-solving skills in a competition centered on soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and a current environmental issue.

Six regional competitions are hosted across the state each year, with top county winners moving on to the State Envirothon Competition. This year’s state competition was hosted at the end of May by King Conservation District at Camp Don Bosco, Carnation.

To get involved where you live, or for additional information about the Envirothon, contact 2015 Washington State Envirothon Chairperson Cindy Pierce from the Skagit Conservation District at 360-428-4313 or cindy@skagitcd.org.

The mission of the Washington State Envirothon is to provide resources for students and teachers, through education and teamwork, which promote environmental awareness, critical thinking, and active personal stewardship for the purpose of balancing the quality of life and the quality of the environment.

The Envirothon mission is accomplished by developing in young people an understanding of the principles and practices of natural resource management and ecology and the ability to deal with complex resource management decisions. The following goals should be used as a guide to develop effective curricula, educational resources, and testing scenarios.

Participating in Envirothon is a fun and challenging opportunity that will open your students’ eyes to real-world problems and solution.  They’ll become excited, empowered, and skilled stewards of our earth’s natural resources while making new friends across the state and seeing connections beyond their own communities.  Get ready to make a difference!