Texas Envirothon Environmental Institute of Houston Spring 2015 | Texas
What is the Texas Envirothon? An environmental education program designed to enhance a student’s problem solving and critical thinking skills.
Who participates? Students in grades 9 through 12 participate on a state level. Each state’s winning team participates on the national level at the NCF Envirothon.
And the Topics Are: • Aquatics
And the Topics Are: • Aquatics • Forestry
And the Topics Are: • Aquatics • Forestry • Soils
And the Topics Are: • Aquatics • Forestry • Soils • Wildlife
And the Topics Are: • Aquatics • Forestry • Soils • Wildlife • Current EnvironmentalIssue
And the Topics Are: • Aquatics • Forestry • Soils • Wildlife • CurrentEnvironmentalIssue • OralPresentation
Correlated to TEKS • Biology, Chemistry, Physics, IPC • Aquatic Science, Earth and Space Science • Environmental Systems • Forestry and Woodland Ecosystems • Wildlife Fisheries & Ecology Management • Range Ecology and Management
Our Mission The Mission of the Texas Envirothon is to develop knowledgeable, skilled and dedicated citizens who are willing to work toward achieving and maintaining a natural balance between the quality of life and the quality of the environment.
What do the students say? I definitely believe that Envirothon was the most important experience I had in high school in terms of preparing me for college and a future beyond that. Melisa Pferdehirt The John Cooper School Sophomore at Rice University
Goal 1 of the Texas Envirothon To promote a desire to learn more about the environment and develop knowledge and skills to apply the basic principles and practices of natural resource management and ecology.
Goal 2 of the Texas Envirothon To provide students with experiences in natural resource oriented activities, which enable them to become environmentally aware and action oriented citizens.
Goal 3 of the Texas Envirothon To promote the stewardship of natural resources through the development of critical thinking, problem solving and decision making skills.
What do the teachers say? What an eye-opening experience for my students! They came into the program unsure about whether or not they wanted to commit, and unanimously agreed that it was one of the most educational and fun competitions they were involved in during high school. S. Phillips, Chapel Hill High School
History of the Envirothon • 1979 - Envirothon started by a local conservation district in Pennsylvania • 1988 - First National Envirothon - 3 teams • 1994 - 23 teams • 1999 - 46 teams • 2013 - 57 teams
History of the Texas Envirothon • 2001 Stephen F. Austin State University; 12 teams • 2002 Tyler Junior College; 7 teams • 2003 Armand Bayou, UHCL; 14 teams • 2004 Bear Creek Park, Houston; 11 teams • 2005 Big Thicket National Preserve, Kountze; 9 teams • 2006 Eastman Nature Trail, Longview; 14 teams • 2007 Sheldon Lake State Park, Houston; 19 teams
History of the Texas Envirothon • 2008 Brookhaven College, Dallas; 18 teams • 2009 TX A&M Kingsville, Kingsville; 14 teams • 2010 UHCL, Houston; 11 teams • 2011 Eastman Nature Trail, Longview; 13 teams • 2012 SFA State University, Nacogdoches; 8 teams • 2013 UT Pan American, Edinburg; 13 teams • 2014 UHCL, Houston; 21 teams
2005, 2006 National Winners Texas takes 4th and 3rd at the Canon Envirothon John Cooper High School
2014 Regional Winners Texas Team wins Kansas Heartland Envirothon Academy of Science and Technology
Who funds the Texas program? 2014 Sponsors • Eastman Chemical Company • Access Midstream • ExxonMobil Baytown • Enbridge • Entergy • GSI Environmental • The Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation • Capital Farm Credit, Conroe • Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority • JSC Federal Credit Union • Texas Association of Environmental Professionals
Cost • Registration is $125/team • Registration includes on-line study materials, T-shirt, Sunday dinner, & Monday Awards Luncheon • Schools pay their own travel and hotel costs;we negotiate a discounted rate with a local hotel
Date & Location Dates for this year are … Spring 2015 Location TBA
Training • Teacher training workshop (free!) • Date TBA • UHCL Campus, Houston • Online resources available: • www.texasenvirothon.org • www.envirothon.org
Awards – Texas • Awards for top score in Aquatics, Wildlife, Forestry, Soils, Current Issue, & Oral Presentation • Awards for overall 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place
Awards – National • Winning Texas team attends the NCF Envirothon competition where students compete for scholarships and prizes. • Over $100,000 of scholarships available • 2015 North American Envirothon: • Springfield, Missouri • July 27 – August 2, 2015
Promoting the Texas Envirothon www.TexasEnvirothon.org Follow us: For more information: Wendy Reistle: Reistle@uhcl.edu