Over 450 students and teachers from 18 Southwest Ohio Counties descended on Fernald Nature Preserve in Northwest Hamilton County to compete in the 27th Area IV Envirothon. The contest scheduled was held April 25th, and is the first stop for some of these students in the national environmental competition. Four teams from this contest will progress to the State Level at the Ohio Envirothon, and then possibly on to the National Envirothon in Maryland. Clermont SWCD sent three teams from Clermont Northeastern High School and three teams from Felicity High School.
Students competed in the areas of Aquatics, Wildlife, Forestry, Soils and Current Environmental Issues. The tests were physically and mentally challenging, ranging from conducting tests in the soil to answering questions on paper. The questions were designed by experts in the fields, which included Soil Scientists from NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Services) and experts from the ODA (Ohio Department of Agriculture), and ODNR (Ohio Department of Natural Resources). This first level of the contest was jointly hosted by the Hamilton County and Butler Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The responsibility of hosting the Area IV Envirothon revolves among the 18 Southwest Ohio Counties.
Congratulations to the top four teams who progressed onto the State Envirothon Competition at Ohio Christian University June 12-13, 2017