Request to Colorado Conservation Districts for donations and volunteer support – 2020 Envirothon

Dear Colorado Conservation Districts,
Planning is being finalized for the Eighth Annual Colorado Envirothon competition scheduled for April 21 – 22, 2020 in the Livestock Pavilion on the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo. This event has been an important educational experience for teens across the state. The Colorado Envirothon Planning Committee works hard to meet the national Envirothon Mission:
 
“The mission of NCF-Envirothon is to develop knowledgeable, skilled and dedicated citizens who have an understanding of natural resources and are willing and prepared to work towards achieving and maintaining a balance between the quality of life and the quality of the environment.”
 

The teens involved in the Colorado event over the last seven years have gained valuable insights into natural resources management, agriculture and the human impacts on the environment. Topic areas including Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Soils & Land Use, Wildlife and an annual Current Issue provide a broad foundation of ecological understanding for the contestants. The following quotes give a glimpse of the things gained by Colorado youth participants:
 
“Envirothon has made my love for science grow significantly and has taught me so much about the world and how I can change it as the next generation.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                        ~ Malina 2019 ~
 
“I hope to make a difference in my life to help our planet and I will owe it partly to [Colorado Envirothon].”
                                                                                                                      ~ Sam 2019 ~
 
The Colorado Association of Conservation Districts and the Colorado State Conservation Board, conservation partner sponsors of this important teen education program, believe strongly in the mission of Envirothon and the informed citizens it develops. I would encourage you as Conservation District Supervisors and District employees to review the following Envirothon websites and see for yourself the significant environmental concepts and learning objectives participating teams are trained to deal with through written tests and oral presentations.
 
Colorado Envirothon – coloenvirothon.org
 
NCF-Envirothon – envirothon.org 
 
As the Colorado Envirothon Planning Committee prepares to present the 2020 edition of this competition, we are asking our Colorado Conservation Districts for help in two specific areas; 1) Volunteers and 2) Financial Donations to Colorado Envirothon. 
 
1). Volunteers – we are asking for Supervisors and District Managers who would be interested in helping in various volunteer roles during this year’s event in Pueblo. Examples of these positions include registration table staff, test monitors, oral presentation timers, oral presentation escorts, test scoring, score tabulation/score posting, door monitors, food servers, event set-up (4/20 afternoon) and event tear-down (4/22 afternoon). If you would be interested in learning more about these positions or others or you would like to volunteer, please contact:
Mark Cronquist
Program Coordinator
Colorado Envirothon
970-590-6596
 
2). Donations – Awards, meals, technology, and facilities are all a part of the Envirothon statewide competitive event and are a cost in presenting this event. Donations from Conservation Districts have been critical in funding Colorado Envirothon through the years and a donation from your District in 2020 will be so valuable in showing the commitment of the Conservation District community to this educational program as we build the sponsor base for this program. Also, since CACD is the lead sponsoring organization for Envirothon, donations made by individuals or companies to CACD earmarked for Envirothon are tax deductible due to CACD’s 501(c)(3) charitable designation. Please donate to a program that builds the knowledge and awareness of our youth in natural resources, agriculture and the environment so these same people are informed voters in the future.
Donations, indicating they are for Colorado Envirothon, should be sent to:
Colorado Association of Conservation Districts
P.O. Box 1175
Lamar, CO 81052

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.