The Envirothon is a unique and challenging natural resources problem-solving competition for high school students throughout the state. Teams of students are tested on environmental topics such as aquatics, wildlife, soils, forestry and a currant environmental issue. Each year, New Jersey’s winning team becomes our State Representative in the North American Envirothon competition, the largest high school Environmental Education competition.
Participating in the National Envirothon affords students the opportunity to exchange information and experiences with other conservation minded youths from all over North America, as well as gaining New Jersey recognition for its fine Envirothon program.
The Cape Atlantic Conservation District offers grants to participating teams in Atlantic and Cape May counties. In order to aid students in preparing for the Envirothon, three (3) all day training sessions are held throughout the State. Professionals from various environmental fields will present both hands-on and study materials in preparation for the Envirothon competition. Registered teams, as well as other interested students/schools, are welcome.
If you would like information regarding the Envirothon, District grants or the Southern New Jersey training session, please contact Glenn Ward at (609) 625-3144. For more information about the New Jersey Envirothon, contact Richard Belcher, NJ Envirothon Coordinator at (609) 292-5540 or vist their website at www.njenvirothon.org.
The New Jersey Envirothon has a Facebook page too. Check it out!
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Phone: (609) 625-3144
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Cedar Creek High School team #2 of Atlantic County placed first out of 29 participating teams at the 2017 New Jersey Envirothon held on May 13th. The day long competition was, and is, a testament to the students’ fortitude and stamina and all should be commended for a job well done. The team and their advisors were recognized at an awards ceremony in Trenton and an article in the Press of Atlantic City.
Cedar Creek High School teachers Ed Martino and Lisa Martinelli are pictued above with their N.J. Envirothon winning team, Riley Blanken, Laurel Worth, Pat Elkner, Tim Meineke and Owen Mehler.
The winning team advances to the North American Envirothon representing New Jersey during the week long (July 23 - 29th 2017) event being held at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
The New Jersey Envirothon planning committee will soon be meeting for a wrap-up session of the 2017 event and begin setting the stage for the 2018 New Jersey Envirothon. The current issue for 2018 is “Western Rangeland Management: Balancing Diverse Views.” Information for the 2018 event will be made available as planning details are confirmed.
A complete list of team scores may be found here. Other information on the event may be found on the New Jersey Envirothon webpage.
"Managing New Jersey Pastureland and Western Rangeland: Balancing Diverse Views"
Breath held and fingers crossed that the weather would cooperate, as opposed to last year’s rain soaked event, the 2018 Envirothon went off without a hitch. Deep in Salem County at Camp Grice, 29 teams of high school students competed in this yearly environmental event. This year, however, was an especially auspicious occasion for it was the 25th anniversary of the NJ Envirothon. The first NJ Envirothon took place in Mercer County in 1994 with only 4 teams participating with the current issue of “Acid Rain”. As Loretta Lynn said, “We’ve come a long way, baby”.
NJTV was there to capture the moment and followed one team of students as they went from station to station. The segment will air on October 14th on the Classroom Close-up magazine program. A preview can be seen on the NJ Envirothon Facebook page.
Last year’s winning school, Cedar Creek High School, had two teams compete this year as well. Both teams placed in the top 10 but, it was West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North that took first with MATES Team#1 and Marine Academy of Science and Technology Team#1 taking second and third, respectively. An awards ceremony in Trenton was held on May 21 recognizing the first, second and third place winners.
West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North students will go onto the North American Envirothon representing New Jersey at the event at Idaho State University from July 22 - July 28.
(left to right) Karol Blew, District Administrator, Gloucester County Soil Conservation District, Chipmunk, Rich Belcher, NJ Envirothon Coordinator, NJ Dept. of Agriculture, Woodsy the Owl, and Michael Bonham, District Manager, Cumberland-Salem Conservation District.