Tricounty News

Junior Envirothon competition

The Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District sponsored nine teams to compete at the Area IV Junior Envirothon competition held May 8 at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska. Twenty-three teams from Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Scott and Stearns County participated in the competition. The team from Sartell Middle School received third place at the Junior Envirothon. Other schools participating from Stearns County included Kimball, Holdingford, and St. Cloud's South Junior High. The Junior Envirothon is a problem-solving natural resources competition for students in grades six to eight. Students are tested on their knowledge of Minnesota's natural resources - aquatics, soils, forestry, wildlife and a current environmental issue. Students visit five "in-the-field" test stations where written and hands-on problem solving is required. "The teams from Stearns County were very competitive," said Brad Wenz, soil conservationist with the Stearns County Soil & Water Conservation District, who helped run the soils station at the competition. "The team from Kimball placed fourth - just missing third place by one-half point The event is competitive, but education is the bottom line. Teachers are excited about the Envirothon because using friendly competition in an outdoor setting makes it fun and   interesting." The Junior Envirothon is hosted annually by the Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) in Anoka, Benton, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Stearns, Washington and Wright counties. For more information about the Junior or Senior   Envirothon, call Wenz or Lori Persson at (320) 251-7800, ext. 3.