What is an Envirothon?
The Envirothon is an environmental studies program for high school students. It is based on five subject areas: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, and the current issue—which change annually. In past years, the current issue has covered topics such as: agricultural preservation, invasive species, non-point source pollution, wildlife management, wetlands, biodiversity, alternative and renewable energy, etc.
This year, the Long Island Regional Envirothon will be taking part in the Statewide Regional Event for the 2021 competition. The testing days will vary by regions (Nassau and Suffolk County are region 5) on a set day that week to be determined after registration deadline. Team registration for the event will be online.
On the day of the event, the students will be tested in five subject areas (aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, and the current issue) and answer questions as a team. Each subject area test is made up of 25 multiple-choice questions and will be taken virtually. Students will work as a team through video conferencing software to answer each question, under the direct supervision of their team advisor (teacher).
Why do we have Envirothons?
The Envirothon Committee has carefully developed the program's learning objectives. They correlate with the New York State Department of Education's Learning Standards in the areas of Mathematics, Science & Technology, Social Studies, and English Language Arts. With the education tools provided, students aspire to an advanced level of understanding about their natural surroundings. They reveal their knowledge through utilization of their research and evaluation abilities, while expanding their decision making and problem-solving skills.
The Envirothon was developed by a former NYC Soil & Water Conservation District Environmental Educator, Karlee Yurek, for her thesis.
The Envirothon team recieved proclamations from the Suffolk County Legislature on Tuesday for their accomplishments on the state level in May. They were sixth out of 50+ teams representing counties across New York. Way-to-go Sachem North!! From left to right; Legislator Krupski 1st District, Legislator Muratore 4th District, Legislator Kennedy 12th District, SC Soil & Water District Board Member Brian Culhane, students: Chris Eagler, Emily Hudak, Emily Gelardi, Miranda Garcia-Cassani, and Anika Banerjee, advisor Monica Saleh, LI Envirothon coordinator Sharon Frost, Legislator Cilmi 10th District, Legislator Calarco 7th District and Legislator Lindsay 8th District.