New Jersey Envirothon
The New Jersey Envirothon is an exciting, hands-on outdoor competition that takes place in May each year at various locations throughout New Jersey. Teams of high school students prepare throughout the academic year with their advisors, studying soils, aquatics, forestry, wildlife and environmental issues.
This event is sponsored annually by a coalition of organizations including the New Jersey Association of Conservation Districts, the State Soil Conservation Committee of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, New Jersey's 15 Soil Conservation Districts, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Natural resource professionals from these organizations work together throughout the year to develop resource material study guides, local training sessions and the actual testing stations at the event.
The Envirothon competition was developed in the 1980's to encourage young people to learn more about natural resources and their management, and to consider going on to careers in the environmental field. In addition to test questions based on examination of soils, trees, fish, skeletal samples, and other natural resource materials, the teams must give a verbal presentation regarding an environmental issue. New Jersey's top conservation leaders serve as judges for this testing station, which is designed to enhance teamwork as well as critical thinking and verbal presentation skills.
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2015 NJ Envirothon Soil Station Winners
Congratulations Marine Academy of Technical and Environmental Sciences (MATES) Team #1 for earning the top score at the Soils Station at the 2015 New Jersey Envirothon! They also won first place for the overall competition and will represent New Jersey in the national competition this summer.
This page last updated May 20, 2015