Students from Rothsay high school along with twenty-six teams from west-central Minnesota competed in the Area I Envirothon, held May 3rd at the Detroit Mountain Recreation Area in Detroit Lakes.   

The Envirothon is a hands-on, outdoor competition that challenges students’ environmental knowledge and problem-solving skills.  It began nationwide in 1979 and in Minnesota in 1993.  The Envirothon consists of five, 30-minute, outdoor learning stations, each based on a different environment topic.  As each team made their way from station to station, they took an exam related to the environmental subject.  After group of teams complete their exam, area resource professionals review the exams with the students.  The five environmental topics students were tested on included: Forestry, Wildlife, Aquatics, Soils and a current issue which was, “Adapting to Climate Change in Minnesota”.  In addition to taking five exams, each team was required to give an oral presentation on the current issue. 

Trophies were presented to the team members of Fergus Falls Team #24 which had the highest score in the oral presentation part of the contest and to the three teams with the highest total combined scores for the entire “overall” event. 

The top three teams from the Area I competition which were Fergus Falls Team #24, DGF Team #6, and Fergus Falls Team #23 will compete at the State Envirothon on May 15th at Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, Fergus Falls.