The 2024 Illinois Envirothon, organized by Soil & Water Conservation Districts, was held Wednesday and Thursday May 8-9 at Allerton Park’s 4-H Memorial Camp, near Monticello.

Eighteen teams of high schoolers from around the state gathered to compete on conservation-based themes, with the winner headed to the national competition in Geneva, New York this summer.

“I think they end up having even more fun than they thought they would. It’s not just like another day at school, and the camp here is beautiful, so I couldn’t ask for a better place or actually a better group of people,” said Ashley (Aber) Wallace, Envirothon organizer and of the Bureau County SWCD. “My absolute favorite thing is just seeing everyone come together. The volunteers are amazing and the students have so much fun.” 

The Top 3 2024 Illinois Envirothon Teams

First Place: Adlai E. Stevenson (Lincolnshire) High School (LUC 16)
Second Place: Richland County High School (LUC 11)
Third Place: Stark County High School (LUC 2)
Top Overall FFA Team: Richland County High School

Adlai Stevenson HS will compete at the National Envirothon event in Geneva, New York July 28 – August 3. Richland County HS will represent at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana October 22 – 26.

Category Winners

Aquatics (Tie): Morris Community High School (LUC 3) and Adlai E. Stevenson High School
Soils: Stark County High School
Forestry: Stark County High School
Wildlife: Stark County High School
Current Event: Chrisman High School (LUC 7)
Oral Presentation: Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Best Team T-Shirt: Morris Community High School
Team Spirit Award: Newman Central Catholic High School (LUC 1)

A very special thank you to all volunteers, presenters, and judges who made this event possible. Here’s presenters who taught stations on Wednesday, and other photos …

Sandy Perkins holds up model of H20 to show structure of water.

Sandy Perkins, former biology teacer at Triad High School in Troy, speaks on the chemical structure of water as she presents on aquatics.

Liz Miernicki holds map of Illinois to explain origins of soil.

Liz Miernicki, of the Illinos Natural History Survey in Champaign, presents on soils and the geology of Illinois.

Dave Shiley explains forestry tool.

Dave Shiley, of Richland Community College in Decatur and formerly of the University of Illinois Extension, speaks on forestry.

Curt Sinclair uses water stream to explain basics of electricity.

Curtis Sinclair, an extension specialist and environmental educator with the University of Illinois Extension, speaks on the principles of electricity for renewable energy, this yearÕs current event.

Elizabeth Burns speaks on wildlife.

Elizabeth Burns, NRCS DeWitt, speaks on different online tools used to monitor wildlife populations, at the wildlife station.

Ashley (Aber) Wallace welcomes students to Envirothon.

Ashley (Aber) Wallace, Illinois Envirothon Coordinator and of Bureau SWCD, welcomes students to the 2024 event.

Students and volunteers gathered around check-in table, outside dining hall.

Signing in at Allerton Park’s 4-H Memorial Camp.

Students gather for team photo with volunteers in foreground.

Joyce Scholl and Jannifer Powelson of Stark County SWCD, take team photos.

Students in lower left, as they view pond.

Students checking out the pond at 4-H Memorial Camp.

Bumping volleyball over net.

No such thing as down time at Envirothon.

Packed dining hall, with student teams sitting at tables.

Students fill the dining hall for Envirothon presentations.

Students gathered around table, with aquatic teaching tools.

Learning about aquatics.

Young men in black team shirts sitting at picnic table.

Examining soils during practical testing.

Young ladies in pink team shirts looking at soil.

Practical testing after soil presentation.

Hands in bin of soil.

Hands on with soil structure.

Young woman listens to forestry discussion.

Envirothon 2024.

Young woman watches to forestry ruler demonstration.

During forestry at Envirothon 2024.

Young man and woman looking at forestry questionnaire.

Envirothon 2024.

Two young men use ruler/tool to estimate lumber yield in tree.

Figuring out lumber potential, forestry during Envirothon 2024.

Young man in hat listens to presentation.

Listening to renewable energy presentation, Envirothon 2024.

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