2015-2016 Georgia Envirothon Press Release

19 Aug 2015 8:00 AM | Anonymous

Please share our most recent update with teachers, administrators, and news outlets, as well as future volunteers, donors and members! We look forward to your participation this year. It's going to be a big year for Envirothon! 


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Athens, GA – August 2015 – The Georgia Envirothon has concluded another successful year of competitions with 36 teams competing from 22 high schools across the state of Georgia. The program experienced a 50% increase in team participation from 2014 to 2015. Twelve teams advanced to the state competition that was held at Camp John Hope in Fort Valley, GA from March 27th – March 28th.  The winning teams included First Place – Appling County High School Team 1 with 403.60 points, Second Place – Rabun County Wild with 372.00, and Third Place – Stephens County Black with 371.50 points. The winner of the Current Issue – Urban Forestry category was Rabun County Wild with 89 points. The winner of the Wildlife, Forestry, and Aquatics Stations was Appling County High School Team 1 with 87.0, 75.0 and 90.0 points respectively. The winner of the soils category was Stephens County Black with 85.0 points. Appling County High School represented the state of Georgia at the 2015 National Conservation Foundation Envirothon in Springfield Missouri from July 27th – July 31st.

There are many exciting things that have been happening over the past year. The Georgia Envirothon Council (GEC) has spent countless hours improving the appearance and function of the organization by rebranding and developing a new logo, creating brochures, new banners, t-shirts, maintaining social media accounts, developing a new website with expanded functionality and by giving presentations and participating in conferences targeted toward educational or professional demographics.  The Council also instituted a membership and sponsorship program to recognize individuals and corporate entities that support the program. At this point in time, anyone can join and become a member of the Georgia Envirothon and support the students that participate in our program.

The GEC also acquired a $2,000 diversity grant from the U.S. Forest Service and NCF Envirothon that will allow us to sponsor up to 16 first time teams that are interested in participating in Envirothon. The only stipulations are that schools must have at least a 30% or greater distribution of minority students school-wide to be considered and that this grant is only available to high school teams. Interested advisors may contact us at georgiaenvirothon.org.

We are proud to announce that we will be opening the 2015-2016 competition year to include middle school aged (6th-8th grade) teams! Middle school teams may register and participate according to the same rules as high school teams and will be eligible to advance to the state competition. According to the NCF Envirothon regulations, only high school teams may advance to the NCF Envirothon competition. Registration opens on October 1, 2015.

All teams and advisors will be grateful to know that we are currently revising all of our study material and eliminating large quantities of extraneous and repetitious information. It is our most sincere goal to concentrate and reduce the quantity of information while still maintaining the integrity and rigor of our academic disciplines. Envirothon strives to be Georgia’s premier natural resource education competition while also providing fun, a-typical learning opportunities and environments. Teams will be able to download the new study materials on the Georgia Envirothon website by October 1, 2015.

We are excited to be entering our 22nd competition year and look forward to seeing teams participating at one of our regional or state events. The South Region competition will be held on Wednesday March 2, 2016 at Little Ocmulgee State Park in Helena, GA; the East Region competition will be held on Thursday March 3, 2016 at Flinchum’s Phoenix in Athens, GA; the West Region will be held on Friday March 4, 2016 at the Newman Wetlands Center in Hampton, GA. Our two-day state competition will be held on March 24, 2016 – March 25, 2016. All dates are subject to change; the website reflects updated information. Guests, interested sponsors or future participants are invited to attend a VIP tour and lunch during our state competition and may register through the website.
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