The Envirothon is a series of hands-on contests in which teams of high school students complete to solve environmental problems.
The event works much like an athletic competition, and the winners of that event get the chance to compete in the Canon Envirothon.
The Envirothon stimulates practical curriculum development by establishing broad study areas and helping schools to find useful resources in their community. The Envirothon is supported and managed by local Soil & Water Conservation Districts.
Unlike programs which hand out curricula on a platter and depend entirely on school personnel for support, the Envirothon encourages a constantly
changing curriculum and helps to build strong ties between schools and the organizations that can help them teach a practical, interdisciplinary
brand of environmental awareness. Topics included in the competetion are Forestry, Soils, Aquatics, Wildlife, and Current Events.
Eldred Central School team, advised by science teacher Mary Ellen Sutherland, has competed and won at the Regional level since 1991 which qualifies the team to be invited to the State Envirothon.
The Hudson Valley Regional Envirothon competition is in April.