Soil and Water Conservation District
year the Root River SWCD, along with ten partnering SWCDs, sponsor
this educational, competitive event designed for teams of high school students
in SE Minnesota.
Envirothon is an outdoor, hands-on learning experience for these students. It centers around five different
learning stations (soils, wildlife, water resources,
forestry and current
environmental issues) each of which are staffed by professionals on
At each station, teams composed of
five students answer questions on the subject. Since the event takes place outdoors, questions involve actual contact with natural resources, rather than a “paper and pencil” approach.
After finishing at one station, the team moves on to the next station, approximately 25 minutes is spent at each station.
An oral presentation is also part of
activities. A situation is given to the students approximately two
months prior to the event.
This allows them ample time to research the situation and answer the questions
asked in the form of a presentation.
The day of the Envirothon the students will have seven to ten minutes to make
their oral presentation.
presentation problem is the same as the one used at the State Envirothon.
The 2017 Envirothon will be Wednesday, May 3rd at
Park, Lewiston, MN. Houston County has three teams registered
for this year’s event.
The top three teams from the Area VII
competition advance to the State Envirothon on
May 15th at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch, Lewiston, MN.
The state winner will advance to the
Sixth Grade Environmental Day
Houston County’s public and parochial sixth graders look forward to
their outing to Camp Winnebago for the 6th Grade
This educational day, hosted by the Root River SWCD, is held in an
outdoor environmental classroom setting covering topics such as
electrical safety, wetlands, rattlesnakes, aquatic invasive species,
soil, wildlife, forestry and electro stream shocking. The volunteer
presenters provide the students with a fun and memorable hands-on
learning opportunity focusing on our natural resources and conservation.