The 2014 Yukon Envirothon
2014 Envirothon Spring Schedule:
May 7-8 Class Visit: General Information, Aquatic Invertebrate and Forestry training
May 12-14 Site Walk-Throughs
May 15 Envirothon Competition Day: Begins at 9:00am in the gravel parking lot at the base of 2 mile hill across from the Dodge Dealership
May 22 Yukon Finals Presentation Day: The panel of judges will travel to your school
Early preparation The first task is for your team to read over the Student Challenge for the current Envirothon (see below). This describes the tasks involved in the Envirothon within five categories, all organized around a topic of urban concern. There are four urban topics listed on the website. Only one of these will be left on the site for the Envirothon and this will be the focus of the current Envirothon. Your team should decide who will specialize on each major sections of study and how your team members will work together. Team members should look over the supporting maps and reports and divide up the related studies. In addition to the related reports, the web site provides more detailed information about how to conduct specific studies. These are found under the field studies heading and are organized around the five broad study topics. The class-visit from the Envirothon Team and the Site-Walk Through are crucial to success on Envirothon Day.
Envirothon Day During the day of the Envirothon your team will need to have a clear plan of the tasks. Each member will need to have printed copies of the Student Hand Book related to their respective tasks. It is a good idea to keep detailed records, take photo and/or videos and arrange a way in which your team can bring this information together for your presentation. There will be a basecamp set up in the gravel parking lot. This basecamp is your go to place for any and all questions, like why is Spook Creek called Spook Creek? or I've lost my group, what do I do now? or dude where's my increment bore? or how old is that Bob guy anyway?
What else do I bring?
Gum boots or hiking boots are strongly recommended! Each student should also bring a backpack, water bottle, pencil, rubber chicken, camera, student hand book, positive attitude and appropriate clothing for the weather. A BBQ lunch is provided (1-2 burgers, veggie burger option) and juice. It is a great idea to bring extra snacks.
What's at stake?
The winning team will have the opportunity bask in the glory of victory and also...
Presentations The in-school competition will be held a week after the Envirothon field studies day. At your in-school competition your teams performance will be judged based how well all the tasks have been addressed, how each member of the team presents and on the overall quality of the presentation. Your presentation will need to address all the tasks outlined in the student challenge and you will need to identify methods used, results of your studies, the level of confidence in your observations and the actions you propose as a result of your studies. You will be given 20 minutes for presentations, the judging panel will then have 10 minutes for questions.
Your school will only be allowed to send two teams to the Yukon Regional Competition. The regional competition will follow the same plan as the in-school competitions. Your presentation may make use of a variety of media and presentation styles. Display boards, white boards, a computer with projector, Power Point and internet will all be available for your team. You can bring your own laptop, but it is recommended that if you are using a computer in your presentation, that you store your presentation on a flash drive. Allow a few minutes for setup. Click on the image below to go to the current Envirothon.