The 26th annual New Jersey Envirothon will take place Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Great Times Day Camp in Camden County.  The Envirothon is a nationally promoted environmental education competition directed toward high school students.

The purpose of the Envirothon is to provide hands-on training for students and their advisors in natural resource conservation.  When teams register for this event, they will be able to use an online study guide, which focuses on five natural resource areas including aquatics, current issues, forestry, soils, wildlife and a team presentation station.

This year’s current environmental issue is “Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge and Technology to Feed the World.”

Students will be given study materials and prepare throughout the school year as a team. In April, hands-on training sessions will begin where all registered students and their advisors will be invited to a park or nature center to review study materials with natural resource professionals.

Teams of five will compete at the one-day Envirothon event in early May. The test structure will include both a written and an interactive problem-solving section. The competition will take place in a natural setting where teams of students will spend 30 minutes at each of the six testing stations showing their knowledge about natural resources.

All students receive certificates of participation and N.J. Envirothon T-shirts. The N.J. Association of Conservation Districts will award $1,000 scholarships to members of the first-place team. The first place team will also receive a plaque.

The first place team will represent New Jersey at the 2019 North American Envirothon which will be held July 28 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Travel expense assistance may be available from the N.J. Association of Conservation Districts.

To heighten this educational experience, the Great Times Day Camp has agreed to provide an area for tent camping at no cost for each school registering for the 2019 Envirothon.  Contact the New Jersey Envirothon Coordinator at (609) 292-5540 or mail a letter to the State Soil Conservation Committee, N.J. Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 330, Room 204, Trenton 08625 to reserve your team’s space.  Registration for the event and overnight accommodations must be completed by March 22, 2019.

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