According to envirothon.org, “The mission of the North American Envirothon is to develop knowledgeable, skilled and dedicated citizens who have an understanding of natural resources and are willing and prepared to work toward achieving and maintaining a balance between the quality of life and the quality of the environment.” This is accomplished by educating young people in the principles and practices of resource management and ecology and through practice in making complex resource management decisions.
Hillcrest’s Envirothon team and sponsor Mrs. Matthews went to the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science yesterday to participate in training in order to prepare for their upcoming competition on March 23rd. They viewed presentations and attended meetings about soils, forestry, wildlife, and aquatics, and they took part in hands-on studies about pollution and conservation. This workshop was in addition to their at-least weekly early morning meetings, in which members further their knowledge in this wide variety of areas. Their goal is to once again win at the district competition on March 23rd (held at the Tomato Museum in Crystal Springs), and if they succeed in that, to bring the trophy back home at the state competition in late April.