NEW YORK NAMED 2021 NCF-ENVIROTHON CHAMPIONS

WASHINGTON – On July 28, the New York team from Esopus, New York, was named the champion of the 2021 National Conservation Foundation (NCF)-Envirothon, an international environmental and natural resources education competition for high schoolers.

“I’d like to congratulate New York and all of the teams for their hard work and dedication,” NCF Chair Brent Van Dyke said. “Their knowledge about environmental and natural resource issues, as well as their commitment to these areas, have shown me that the future of conservation is in good hands.”

Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and health concerns, the 2021 NCF-Envirothon annual competition was held virtually, a first for the Envirothon program, and 41 teams across the U.S., Canada and China participated. Hosted by the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD), from July 25-28, 2021, students demonstrated their knowledge of soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry and wildlife management. The teams also prepared oral presentations on this year’s current issue, “Water Resources Management: Local Control, Local Solutions”.  

“We enjoyed showcasing our state’s one-of-a-kind natural resources management system that relies on locally elected boards making decisions on their unique issues,” said Jim Eschliman, NARD president. “I continue to be impressed with students and their ability to problem-solve some of our biggest environmental challenges.”

The winning NCF-Envirothon teams are awarded scholarships and prizes, with the top three scoring teams receiving $30,000 in scholarships thanks to the support of Smithfield Foods, Inc. The Nebraska Association of Resources Districts Foundation awarded a total of $13,000 for fourth through seventh places, and a donation from the Conservation Districts of Iowa provided awards for eighth through tenth place. 

The top 10 teams from the competition are:

A complete list of awards can be found at www.envirothon.org.      

“This year marked the 32nd annual Envirothon competition and was the most innovative to date,” NCF-Envirothon Program Manager Jennifer Brooks said. “The Envirothon program continues to challenge, inspire and empower high school students to pursue environmental, conservation and natural resource-related fields.”

The 2022 NCF-Envirothon annual international competition, hosted by the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, will be held in Oxford, Ohio, from July 24-30 at Miami University, where students will be tested on the 2022 topic, “Waste to Resources.”

The mission of the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) is to identify and advance strategic programs and partnerships to deliver conservation solutions through locally-led conservation and to develop the next generation of conservation leaders. Learn more at www.nacdnet.org/national-conservation-foundation.

The NCF-Envirothon is a hands-on environmental and natural resource problem-solving competition that builds leadership skills for high school students, grades 9-12 (ages 14-19), in the United States, Canada and China. The program educates future stewards, promotes E-STEM (environment, science, technology, engineering and math) education, creates community awareness and fosters appreciation and respect for the natural world. NCF-Envirothon is a program of the National Conservation Foundation (NCF), a 501(c)3 organization, and supported by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD). As sister organizations, the NCF and NACD share a common mission of locally-led conservation with the NCF focused on developing the next generation of conservation leaders. Learn more at www.envirothon.org.

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.