2019 WV Envirothon set to begin at Canaan Valley

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Envirothon, the state’s premiere conservation education competition for high school students, begins next week in Tucker County. The West Virginia Envirothon will be April 17-18 at Canaan Valley Resort State Park.

Five-member teams who participate in the Envirothon explore current environmental and earth sciences within the framework of five disciplines: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and a current environmental topic. Teams are often created through school clubs, classes at school, 4-H groups, Scout troops or home school groups.

Students are tested on their skills, problem-solving abilities and knowledge about natural resources, conservation and the environment.

A good opportunity for media to speak with students, advisers and event organizers and to get photos and video of the teams at work will be during the training sessions from 1:30 – 5 p.m. on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 17. Teams received study materials to prepare for the competition ahead of time. Supervisors and volunteers with several conservation districts held trainings this spring for teams competing in the Envirothon to help in their preparation for the event.

The teams competing this year are from Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Hardy, Jackson, Jefferson, Marion, Marshall, Mineral, Morgan, Preston, Raleigh, Roane and Webster counties.

The winning team will go on to compete at the National Conservation Foundation Envirothon competition (the NCF-Envirothon) at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, between July 28 and Aug. 2.

The West Virginia Envirothon Committee expects to grant $15,000 in college scholarships during the event. Since 1997, $200,000 in college scholarships have already been awarded to West Virginia high school students through the Envirothon.