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Teachers,
I would encourage you to consider this completion if you have teams in ENR,
Forestry and Wildlife. See the information below about the competition. A
team from Appling County won the state competition last year. Some of their
team members were on their FFA teams. Their coaches were past agriculture
teachers. I attended last years state competition. If you have the state
winning ENR team. It would be very beneficial to your team in preparation
for the National ENR Competition. Feel free to call me with any questions.

Link to Georgia Envirothon <http://www.georgiaenvirothon.org/>

1. The Envirothon is North America’s premier natural resource education
competition for high school students. The Envirothon offers both in-class
curriculum and hands-on field experiences focused around ecology, natural
resource management, and current environmental issues. This unique
combination of learning experiences and breadth of study is part of what
has made the Envirothon a huge success with students and educators across
the United States and Canada. The Georgia Envirothon is operated by the
Georgia Envirothon Council and manages the Regional and State contests. The
National Conservation Foundation (NCF) Envirothon is operated by the
National Conservation Foundation and manages the North American
competition. Learn more about the NCF Envirothon
<http://www.georgiaenvirothon.org/NCF-Envirothon>.


*2. How does the competition work?*

Testing at the region and state competition involves visiting five
stations, one for each study unit, located within easy walking distance
from other stations at the competition site. Teams move between the
competition sites in groups, usually four to five teams per group. At each
station site team examinations are administered by the station coordinator.
Tests contain many question formats including narrative responses,
true/false, fill in the blank, multiple choice, and matching. Teams may
also be given a brief presentation by the station coordinator on ecosystem
issues important to that station.

Teams have 45 minutes per station except at the state, where the
presentation station is generally 20 minutes.
Questions come from the study materials posted on the Georgia Envirothon
web site. Many of the questions involve investigating the site, not just
recall of study material, to correctly answer the questions. During the
state competition, the current environmental topic will involve a team oral
presentation that asks the team to solve a specific problem.


*3. Why compete?*

The unique combination of curriculum-based, hands-on education and
experience has proven to be an ideal way to engage students in the complex
issues of managing natural resources to create a better environment.
Students are also able to engage and interact with natural resource
professionals and peers who have the same ambitions. Additionally, the
winning teams at the NCF Envirothon are awarded generous college
scholarships!


*4. How much does it cost to compete?*

Registration per team is $150 before December 15th. This includes both the
regional and state competition. After December 15th, registration is $200.
Registration ends January 15th. Your registration money goes toward paying
for use of the competition site and facility, awards, t-shirts, and general
administrative expenses.


*5. Is financial help available to pay my team's registration?*

It is possible that sponsorship are available to cover your team’s
registration from the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission. To
see if assistance is available, go to: http://gaswcc.georgia.gov and click
on Contact Information or contact your regional Envirothon coordinator
<http://www.georgiaenvirothon.org/Council-Members>. Teams are encouraged to
seek out local sponsorships and involve their local community.


*6. What grades are eligible to compete?*

Students enrolled in grades 9-12 are eligible to compete. (Homeschool
included)


*7. How do you put together a team for the Georgia Envirothon?*

Teams can be comprised of students from a school, club, or organization
(FFA, Girl or Boy Scouts, etc.). Home schooled students may organize to
form a team as well.


*8. How many teams can compete from each school?*

There is no limit on the number of teams any school, organization, or
association may bring to their respective regional competition. However,
only two teams from the same school, organization, or association may
advance on to the state competition. The Georgia Envirothon reserves the
right to raise or limit the number of teams that can participate at
regional and state competitions should any unforeseen circumstances arise
related to space or fairness etc.


*9. How many students are required for each team competing at the Georgia
Envirothon?*

Each team may consist of 4-6 students from the same school or organization.
If your team advances to the state competition, at least 4 members of the
regional competition team must participate at the state competition. If
your team is unable to advance to the state competition with 4 original
members, your team will lose its right to advance and the next highest
scoring team will be allowed to advance.


*10. How many students can be on the team for the National Conservation
Foundation (NCF) Envirothon?*

Only 5 students can comprise the state team at the NCF Envirothon. As in
the regional and state competition, at least 4 of the original members of
the team winning the state competition must participate in the NCF
Envirothon. If your team is unable to advance to the NCF Envirothon with 4
original members, your team will lose its right to advance and the second
place team will receive the right to advance.


*11. How do I prepare my team for the competition?*

Register your team through the Registration
<http://www.georgiaenvirothon.org/Registration> tab. The entities that
prepare the packet will be the entities that will test your students during
the competition. Study materials are the source of all questions used for
the station examinations.


If you, as a teacher, are new to the Envirothon, it is suggested that you
call an expert for help. Contact anyone from the Georgia Council or
individuals on our state station coordinator
<http://www.georgiaenvirothon.org/Council-Members> list, a good place to
start to find local experts. Another good contact is your local Resource
Conservation and Development (RC&D) office. Historically, the teams that
have done better in the competition contact local entities for help.


*12. How does the competition work?*


   - There are two levels of competition: the regional and state
   competition.
   - Testing at both competitions involves visiting five stations, one for
   each study unit, located within easy walking distance from other stations
   at the competition site.
   - Teams move between competition sites in groups, usually four to five
   teams per group.
   - At each station site, team examinations are administered by the
   station coordinator. Tests contain many question formats including
   narrative responses, true/false, fill in the blanks, multiple choice, and
   matching.
   - Teams may also be given a brief presentation by the station
   coordinator on ecosystem issues important to that station.
   - Teams have 45 minutes per station.
   - Questions come from the study materials
   <http://www.georgiaenvirothon.org/Materials>. Because the focus is on
   ecosystems, test questions at any station will include questions from other
   study materials. Many of the questions involve investigating the site not
   just recall of textbook or study material to correctly answer the questions.
   - During the state competition, the current environmental topic will
   involve a team oral presentation that asks the team to solve a specific
   problem. Teams are given 3 hours to prepare their presentation. There are
   two rooms where the oral presentation takes place. Each room has 3 experts
   that will judge the teams presentation. Teams will have 15 minutes to
   present and 5 minutes of follow-up questions from the judges. Presentations
   are video taped so that they can be viewed by the judges that did not judge
   the live presentation thereby allowing all the teams to be scored by all
   the judges. The average of the six scores will be the final team score. You
   can download the judging rubric and other forms through the Forms
   <http://www.georgiaenvirothon.org/forms> tab.
   - There are three regional competitions in Georgia. Find your region on
   the map
   <http://www.georgiaenvirothon.org/Resources/Documents/Envirothon%20Regions_Map.gif>
   and contact your regional coordinator
   <http://www.georgiaenvirothon.org/Council-Members>.
   - The three teams with the highest scores from each region will compete
   at the State competition. Additionally, the next three highest overall
   scores will be selected from all the remaining teams statewide to allow for
   12 teams to compete at the State competition.
   - The winning team from the State will go on to represent Georgia at the
   National Conservation Foundation (NCF) Envirothon held during the summer.
   - The Georgia Envirothon pays most of the costs for the winning team to
   attend the NCF Envirothon.


*13. When are the regional competitions?*

You can find all the dates for the competitions on the Dates
<http://www.georgiaenvirothon.org/Dates> tab.


*14. Do I have to be a paying member to compete?*

No! The Georgia Envirothon membership program exists to support you!
Advisors and students are the beneficiaries of our membership program and
are not required to pay to compete. By all means, if you are interested in
supporting the program we would love for you to join, but it is not a
pre-requisite to participate. Please consider thanking our members
<http://www.georgiaenvirothon.org/Directory> for investing in the program
and supporting natural resource education and YOU!



-- 
Jerry Taylor
North Region Area Forestry Teacher
204 Four Towers Building, UGA
Athens, Ga. 30602
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706-552-4465 (office)
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