The Envirothon is an annual environmental competition for high school students.  The Luzerne Conservation District coordinates and sponsors the Luzerne County Envirothon each spring.  The event is for Luzerne County high school students in grades 9 – 12. It tests their knowledge of the environment at five testing stations: Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, Wildlife, and a Current Issue, which changes each year.

MMI Preparatory School Team Wins 2017 Luzerne County Envirothon

Left to right: PA Game Commission- Gerald Kaparal, Luzerne County Envirothon Coordinator- John Levitsky, Joshua Kalada-Kania, Lauren Babinetz, MMI instructor- Michael Mele, Lois Ann Polashenski, Samuel Sessock, Alexander Sessock and PA Fish & Boat Commission-John Cummings.


A team of students from MMI Preparatory School, Freeland took first place at the 38th Annual Luzerne County Envirothon held on April 21, 2017 at the Luzerne County Fair Grounds near Dallas.  Nearly 146 students representing 30 teams from 7 different high schools competed in the event with MMI’s Team-A the overall winner with a team score of 432 points.  The following teams placed second and third respectively in the event: E.L. Meyers Team A and Greater Nanticoke Area Team C.  The MMI Prep team will go on to compete at the PA State Envirothon, May 23rd and 24th at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

“All the students did a great job with MMI Team A having an extremely high score!” said John Levitsky, the event’s coordinator and Watershed Specialist for the Luzerne Conservation District, which sponsored the day’s competition. “The Envirothon event brings an understanding of our surrounding environment and an appreciation for our local natural resources.  Spending a training and test day with these students who will soon become our next generation of environmental stewards is gratifying.  Some of the students may actually be encouraged to pursue environmental careers after this program.  The students involved in the Envirothon can draw on their knowledge throughout their lives to understand their individual impacts and be aware that their decisions can benefit the environment.”

The Envirothon is an environmental competition for students in grades 9-12 which tests their knowledge of Aquatics, Forestry, Wildlife, Soils and Land Use along with a Current Issue Topic.  The current issue topic this year was “Agricultural Soil & Water Conservation Stewardship”.   Each station is proctored or tested by a different agency: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, PA Department of Environmental Protection, PA Fish & Boat Commission, PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry, and PA Game Commission.   The Luzerne Conservation District coordinates the competition and encourages every high school in the county to participate.  This year the following high schools put their skills to the test: Greater Nanticoke Area, Hanover Area, E.L. Meyers, MMI Preparatory School, Northwest Area, Wyoming Area, and Wyoming Valley West.  Staff members from the Luzerne Conservation District and the Department of Environmental Protection in Wilkes-Barre volunteered at the Envirothon by monitoring teams and testing stations, assisting with the scoring, and handing out refreshments.  The Luzerne County Fair was very generous in allowing the use of their well-maintained and spacious grounds.  Additionally, The Lands at Hillside Farms and Domino’s Pizza in Dallas provided donations for lunch and refreshments for the students, teachers, and volunteers.  The conservation district thanks all of the volunteers and contributors that aided in this community based program.

Click here for the 2017 team scores.

Helpful Links:

AQUATICSPA Fish & Boat Commission & eNature

WILDLIFEPA Game Commission & eNature

FORESTRYPA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources

SOILS AND LAND USEUSDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Penn State’s Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, & The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History’s Dig It! The Secrets of Soil site

CURRENT ISSUEPA Envirothon (2017 Current Issue: Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship)

PA Envirothon

North American Envirothon (International)