What is the Envirothon?

Each year students from Cameorn and McKean County school districts are invited to participate in the WILD Envirothon. The Envirothon is comprised of five subject areas or "ecosystem" areas including:

  • Aquatics
  • Forestry
  • Soils
  • Wildlife
  • 2015 Current Event: Urban Forestry
Each year a new current issue subject is chosen for further study. Before competing, teams - usually comprised of five students - spend research time with their advisors to develop a greater understanding of the interactions between humans and their environment. At Envirothon competitions, the students test their knowledge under the supervision of environmental professionals including foresters, aquatic and wildlife biologists, and soil scientists. Students are challenged to use teamwork to develop creative solutions to environmental problems.

History of Envirothon:

A local Envirothon competition (then called the “Envirolympics”) was created in 1979 in the Fulton, Luzerne and Schuylkill Conservation Districts. Interest in the program expanded and, in 1984 the first state competition was organized at Shaver's Creek Environmental Center in Huntingdon County, with six teams competing. Currently, all 67 Counties in Pennsylvania are represented at the State Envirothon. Interest also spread outside of Pennsylvania and in 1988, a national competition (now known as the Canon Envirothon) was initiated. More than 45 U.S. states and nine Canadian provinces are now involved in the Envirothon at the North American level.

2015 Envirothon:

The 2015 Envirothon was held on May 5, 2015 at the Keating Sportsman's Club in McKean County. The Envirothon is an exciting academic event that pits ninth-twelfth grade teams from Cameron and McKean Counties again each other in outdoor situations that test their knowledge of Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, Wildlife and a Current Event, which was Urban Forestry this year. Approximately 80 studentes from six schools participated in this event which was the largest attendance at our WILD Envirothon to date. During this event hands-on competition students may be asked to measure a tree, identifiy aquatic macroinvertebrates, or feel handfulls of dirt to determine soil type. They work as a five member team to answer questions and use their critical thinking skills to find solutions to reality-based situations, such as how to balance the use of and conserve of our natural resources. The even was sponsored by the Conservation Districts of Cameron and McKean counties, Embassy Powdered Metals, Singer's Auto Service and Emporium Secondaries. Team "Big Country" will travel to UPJ on May 19-20th for the State event. A HUGE THANK YOU to our sponsors and the State Agencies that assisted with the Study and the local event: DCNR Bureau of Forestry, PA Game Commission, NRCS, Farm Service Agency, PA Fish and Boat Commission.

2015 Cameron County School District Winners:

    2015 Winner - Big Country

  • 1st Place: "Big Country" Susie Guisto, Nate Sestine, Taylor Gillette, Haley Abriatis, Katie Caldwell
  • 2nd Place: "Team Yeti" Olivia Guisto, Jase Gillette, Kendyl Guisto, Autumn Abriatis, Brendon Guisto
  • 3rd Place: "Twig Tasters" Tess Dubler, Kira Aikens, Ariel Farren, Abby Rowan, Justin Bush