Students participate in north regional Envirothon

High school teams from Las Vegas, Taos, Peñasco, and Mesa Vista learned about soils, wildlife biology, renewable energy, forestry, and more during the Northern New Mexico Regional Envirothon competition March 21 at Collins Lake Ranch near Mora.

Photo by Faith Purvey/NMFWRI

A total of 38 students on seven teams tested their knowledge on science quizzes and then made presentations before judges. The top team will travel to Cloudcroft, NM to compete in the state Envirothon, part of a national organization the provides hands-on learning in conservation, renewable energy and environmental sciences.

The event was co-hosted by the Conservation Science Center at the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute, Taos Soil and Water Conservation District, and Tierra y Montes Soil and Water Conservation District.

Staff from the New Mexico Highlands University Forestry Department, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Forest Stewards Guild, Carson National Forest, and Kit Carson Electric Cooperative provided hands-on activities for students based on topics provided by Envirothon. Volunteers from Trout Unlimited and New Mexico MESA assisted with activities.

Photo by Faith Purvey/NMFWRI