Metro Area Envirothon
The Metro Area Envirothon for Junior High (grades 6-8) and Senior High (grades 9-12) students will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2020 at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska. Five-member teams, from the same school, will compete in this unique hands-on environmental educational program, answering questions about Minnesota's natural resources. The five main categories of the Envirothon consist of: Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, Wildlife, and a Current Events issue which is determined each year by the NCF-Envirothon.
The 2020 current events national topic is "Water Resources Management - Local Control and Local Solutions." Senior High students are also required to give a 10-minute oral presentation related to the Current Events topic, to a panel of judges. Oral presentations are worth 30 points.
The top 3 Senior High teams will advance to the Minnesota State Envirothon, where they will compete for the chance to represent Minnesota at the NCF Envirothon over the summer. If you are a teacher in the metro area, and would like to be a part of the Envirothon, please contact Felicia Brockoff at (952) 466-5230, or you can register your team with the link below!
2020 Metro Area Envirothon Information
- Metro Envirothon Team Registration Form
- Metro Envirothon Brochure
- RULES: Junior Division Senior Division
- Metro Area Study Guide - includes station materials to study from
- Oral Presentation Scenario
Outdoor Classrooms at Local Schools
Schools in the area that are interested in setting up outdoor classrooms for studies on water quality, fertilizer use, ponds or wetlands, forestry, etc. should contact the SWCD for assistance. Every school has natural resources on their grounds, whether it's water runoff from the roof or parking lot, to using the fertilizer on the grounds, or preserving its natural habitat. Let the SWCD help you set up an outdoor classroom at your school, to learn how to manage our resources right in your schools backyard!
Each year, the Carver SWCD Board of Supervisors identifies a number of candidates that have done an outstanding job using conservation treatments on their land, or within their community. The SWCD Board evaluates and selects a candidate that best represents a cooperative effort with district programs. This candidate is an honored guest of the Carver SWCD at the MASWCD State Convention. A state winner is selected from the 90 local SWCD winners.
Following is a list of past Carver SWCD Outstanding Conservationist winners:
- 2019 Craig Eldred, City of Waconia Public Services Division Director
- 2018 Tim & Amy Leonard, Norwood Young America
- 2017 Lori Cox - Roots Return Heritage Farm, Carver
- 2016 Dick & Pauline Molnau
- 2015 Alex & Sandy Krengel
If you know of someone who you feel should be nominated to be the Carver County Outstanding Conservationist, please contact the SWCD office at (952) 466-5230. We would be pleased to have your input!
Education Links/Resources for Kids and Educators
- Carver County 4-H
- Groundwater - Kids Corner
- Metro Area Children's Water Festival
- MN DNR Education & Safety
- MN Pollution Control Agency
- Project Wet
- Project Wild
- Project Learning Tree
- Soil Education from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
11360 Highway 212, Suite 6