Noblesville High School recently won first place in the Central Region Envirothon, a competition for students in grades 9-12 to learn about nature, organized by the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District.
The team will travel to the state competition April 25 with the opportunity to win and represent Indiana at the North American Envirothon this summer.
“It is important that our youth understand that conservation of natural resources includes the responsible use of resources from forests to soils,” said Ginger Davis, conservation administrator with the HCSWCD. “We want to encourage students interested in natural resources to see what is involved with these subjects, what types of careers are available and what it means to be involved in conservation.”
This first competition in this area drew seven teams from the region. Teams are tested on their knowledge of forestry, wildlife, soils and land use, aquatic ecology, and this year’s issue, pasture management.
The NHS placed first with 66 points. Pike and Zionsville high schools placed second and third, respectively.
“The Envirothon competition was a wonderful hands-on learning experience in environmental issues,” said Alexandra Brownell, NHS Envirothon coach and AP Environmental Science teacher. “The knowledge gained from the experts was invaluable. We are excited and thankful to be representing Noblesville High School and the Central Indiana Region at the state competition in April.”