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Finger Lakes to Host National Conservation Foundation-Envirothon


Not only will New York State host the National Conservation Foundation-Environthon for the first time this summer, but the event will take place in the Finger Lakes. Winning teams from across the United States, including New York State, and countries including Canada, Singapore, and China will travel to this year’s competition, which will be held from July 28 to August 3 at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva.

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball said, “The annual Envirothon competition series is a critical part of environmental and agricultural education in our state and across the globe, and I’m excited that New York will host the final competition this year. With climate change continuing to impact us all, it has never been more inspiring to see passionate young people from around the world preparing to be ambassadors for the environment and our natural resources in the years to come. I congratulate our New York teams from 41 counties that will be attending the competition in Geneva later this summer and wish all competitors the best of luck.”

Commissioner Ball additionally congratulated the student winners of the annual New York State Envirothon Competition, which took place May 22 and 23 at SUNY Cortland. The team from The Mount Academy in Ulster County was named New York State Champion at the long-standing hands-on environmental competition, which challenges students on their knowledge of natural resource science, public speaking, and civic engagement. Red Creek Central School and Skaneateles High School were awarded second and third place.

Red Creek Central School Environthon-Team (photo: provided)

The winning team from The Mount Academy will travel the short distance to the International NCF-Envirothon to represent New York State this summer in Geneva. Each member of the team received a scholarship, and the team will compete against other top teams from the United States, China, Singapore, and Canada.

The NCF-Envirothon competition is a series of field station tests in the areas of soil/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and an emerging environmental issue. Throughout the week-long competition, students will demonstrate their knowledge of these areas through written tests and interactive stations featuring Geneva’s natural resources. The teams will also prepare oral presentations on this year’s current issue, “Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future.”

In the New York State Envirothon, 41 teams from across New York State competed in environmental science and natural resource management written and oral tests during the two-day competition. The teams, made up of five students from 9th to 12th grades, qualified at the regional or local level to receive invitations to the state competition.

Conservation District Employees’ Association President Caitlin Stewart said, “The New York State Envirothon brings together the best and brightest high school students for an outdoor competition focused on natural resources. They gave oral presentations on the 2024 topic Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future, then took tough exams in wildlife, aquatics ecology, forestry, current issue, and soils. I had the absolute pleasure of speaking with many students, and I can say with confidence that our natural resources are in good hands with the future stewards of our world.”

The 2024 New York State Envirothon was made possible through the contributions of several sponsors and partnering agencies, including the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. The Department’s Division of Land and Water Resources works to protect New York’s land and water through farmland protection, farmland conservation, and proactive environmental stewardship programs. Many federal and state environmental agencies, soil and water conservation districts, and higher education institutions provided expertise and helped to organize the event.

The New York State Envirothon Committee is still looking for major donations and event sponsors along with volunteers for the 2024 International NCF-Envirothon later this summer.

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