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
Greenville, OH – Competition was intense at Chenoweth Trails on April 26, 2016, as high school students from southwest Ohio met in the Area IV annual Envirothon. Students were tested on their environmental knowledge in five areas including aquatics, current environmental issues (CEI), forestry, soils and wildlife. The CEI this year focused on invasive species which really hits home with the amount of tree loss southwest Ohio has endured due to the Emerald Ash Borer and the Asian Longhorned Beetle (not to mention the issues with honeysuckle infestations).
CNE and Felicity high schools fielded three teams each for Clermont County.
Sponsorship for the Area IV Envirothon came from Honda of America, Cargill, and the 18 Soil & Water Conservation Districts in Southwest Ohio.
Thank you to all the students, advisors, and administrators from the Clermont schools for their hard work and support of the event.