Northome students were among the 122 students who participated in the North Central Envirothon May 1 at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds.
Envirothon is North America's largest high school environmental education competition.
Soil and Water Conservation Districts from Koochiching, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Lake of the Woods and Wadena counties work together to put on the area’s North Central Envirothon each year. Although Envirothon has hosted regional high school teams for many years, the North Central Envirothon also invites sixth through eighth graders to compete alongside the older students.
Participants in this outdoor learning experience attend sessions on aquatics, wildlife, forestry, soils and current events. Natural resource professionals use the outdoor environment to present hands-on problems and questions to the competitors. Students take quizzes and earn points at each station. High school teams also deliver a prepared presentation based on a specific conservation challenge.
This year’s topic was “MN Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge & Technology to Feed the World.”
Koochiching County was represented by Northome School, with one junior high team and two high school teams led by Jim Schneider. This year’s winning high school Envirothon teams were TrekNorth High School, Bemidji, in first place; Deer River High School taking second; and Park Rapids High School in third.
Locally, the Northome senior team took fourth place this year.
The top three teams will move on to the State Envirothon held May 20 at Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River.
Winning teams in Junior Envirothon included Bagley in first; Century Middle School, Park Rapids, in second; and Nevis taking third place.
This marks the Northome School's eighth consecutive year in Envirothon.