Envirothon 2015 Begins in Springfield

Hundreds of Students Compete in Conservation Activities

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Hundreds of students from across the country are participating in Envirothon 2015 this week in Springfield.

It's the largest natural resources-based competition for High School students in North America.

"I keep telling people its like the marathon but its the Envirothon and its a bit of a marathon for the kids because they're rotating through stations and they'll be here the entire day doing things at several diff stations across the site," volunteer Paul Hazlett said.

The event brought people in from local and state competitions held in the United States and Canada. The program's goal is get young people interested in natural resource conservation through in-class type training and hand-on activities.

"It's lots of fun -- worth the 14-15 hour drive so just happy to be here," Karim Sidhom, a student from Canada said.

The students will learn about wildlife, forestry, aquatics and soils.

"I'm just super thankful and grateful for the Maryland Soil Conservation for sending us here and nationals is so much fun and its great to meet all these other teams," Rebecca Gross from Maryland said.

The event wraps up this weekend with an awards ceremony.

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