Congratulations Marshall County 4H

Corrected version. 

Congratulations to Trey Jones, Austin Effling, Austin Bratsveen, Dylan Jones, and Blaze Jones, winners of the 2013-2014 SD Envirothon! This group from Marshall County 4H will go on to the competition in Kansas in July.

Thanks to their leaders Tom and Marcy Jones.


Marshall County 4H presents on local and sustainable agriculture.


1st Place – Marshall County 4H
2nd Place – Gettysburg N
3rd Place – Highmore
4th Place – Gettysburg H

Mark your calendars for the next SD Envirothon. New Dates: October 1-2 at Outlaw Ranch near Custer SD! Start planning your teams today!

Current Issue Information Now Available

Current issue key topics, learning objectives, resources and the current issue presentation scenario are now posted. Teams are invited to explore this page to help guide them in preparing for the current issue section of the competition.

Please note: this year’s scenario requires pre-Envirothon research. Teams will need to research a farmers’ market in their community (does not have to be in their town, just one that they theoretically could vend at) and identify crops to produce for sale there.

Teams will be allowed one 8 1/2″ x 11″sheet of handwritten or printed notes to bring into presentation planning time with notes from their research.

Questions? Contact Anne Lewis

Please register for the SD Envirothon

Everyone coming to the 2014 Envirothon will need to register so we know you are coming. This means students, adult team leaders, parent chaperons, volunteers, team organizers, observing teachers, guests and judges.

Important! Students will need their parent/guardian signatures on their permissions slips so they must be filled out ahead of time. Since the permission slips also have important health releases, we are asking everyone to complete a permission form, though if you are over 18 you can complete it on site.

We are also asking people to complete a photo release form.

Registration Info is available here at

2014 North American Envirothon Update

The SD Envirothon Committee recently received word that the North American Envirothon competition in Georgia has been cancelled due to funding issues. The 2014 South Dakota Envirothon Competition will still take place! Furthermore, we are still doing preliminary planning for the 2015 SD Envirothon somewhere West River/Black Hills area.

The main difference for the teams this year is that in lieu of competing for a trip to Georgia, students will be competing for scholarship money. Funding at the state level has not been affected.

Teams should continue preparing for the Envirothon. Kits are tentatively scheduled to ship out next week.

2104 SD Envirothon Professional Development

July 16-18
NeSoDak, Waubay SD
2 credits
High school teachers and adult leaders of Envirothon teams

Join us for three days in the beautiful NE corner of South Dakota to become better equipped to lead a SD Envirothon team. We will cover aquatic ecology, soils and forestry. This is your chance to network with other Envirothon team leaders, find out more about the next “current issue”, and brush up on or learn new content to help your teams.

Registration information.

For more information, contact Anne Lewis.

Save the Date Teachers!

The SD Discovery Center will be holding a training for those teachers interested in Envirothon. We will cover water, soils and forestry.

Whether you are an old hand or new kid on the block, we invite you to NeSoDak Camp (near Waubay) July 16-18 to share, inspire and collaborate. Credit will be available.

2014 Location

The 2014 Envirothon will be April 24-25 at NeSoDak camp near Waubay, SD. Teams of six students (five team members plus an alternate) will compete in aquatic ecology, soils, water, wildlife, forestry and the current issue of local and sustainable agriculture.

The 2015 Envirothon is tentatively scheduled for the Black Hills.

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SD Envirothon 2013 Details

Hello All,

This is an overview of the SD Envirothon events and expectations.  There is a lot of information here.  I will put in a PDF format so you can print out.  In general, plan to arrive at least an hour before your first assignment unless you think you need more time.  We will have coffee and cookies if you get there too early. 🙂

Please report to the Oahe Downstream Lodge for all events.  We will direct you from there.



We can have access to the Oahe Downstream Lodge on Thursday morning.  I expect one of the coordinators (Deb Springman, Bobby Jo Jamison or me, Anne Lewis) will be there by 9AM.

Skills review presenters – you may set up at any time. We will be at the Oahe Downstream Lodge for the skills review.  One of your assignments by Thursday afternoon is to finalize your testing site which will be within the campground but not necessarily at the Oahe Downstream Lodge. Lunch is on your own.

Participants – travel time. Lunch is on your own.

Advisors – travel with participants.  Lunch is on your own.

Team Buddies – off duty

Judges – off duty all day


Participants start arriving in order to start the skills review at 1PM.  Each participants should choose TWO skill review sessions from forestry, wildlife, aquatic ecology, and soils. The skills review session repeats twice. Advisors may attend skills review session.

12:45PM Orientation at Oahe Downstream Lodge for presenters, participants and advisors.

1:00PM – 2:15PM – 1st skills review session

2:15PM – 3:30PM – 2nd skills review session.

3:45 – 5:15PM – Presentation on current issue. Participants will be allowed to take notes that they can bring into planning. Advisors may attend presentation.  Team buddies, please report by 5PM.

Presenters, finalize your testing sites and make any last minute plans with coordinators about Friday’s testing.

5:15PM – 5:30PM – Orientation for Planning Time for participants, team buddies, advisors. 

5:30PM- 6:30PM – Planning for the oral presentation.  Participants and team buddies find a work space and start developing their planning presentation. Advisors have free as they are not allowed to participate.

6:30PM – ? Dinner and cruise on the Capitol City Queen for participants, advisors and out of town volunteers.



7:00 – 7:45 Breakfast at the Oahe Downstream Marina for participants, advisors and out of town presenters/team buddies.

8:00AM – Short meeting for presenters.  Test station set up.

8:15AM – Meeting for participants, team buddies, advisors.

8:45AM – Participants and team buddies go to first test station.

Testing Schedule. Presenters Please start and stop exactly on time.

  • 9:00-9:45 Station 1
  • 9:55 – 10:40 Station 2
  • 10:50 – 11:35 Station 3
  • 11:45 – 12:30 Station 4

12:30PM – 2:45PM Participants and team buddies start planning.  Presenters  correct tests.  Sack lunch provided.

2:00PM – Judges, please report to Oahe Downstream Lodge

3:00PM – Current issue presentation for Judges, participants and team buddies. 

  • 3:00PM – 3:15PM – Two teams present simultaneously a 10 minute presentation. Five minutes are left for questioning.
  • 3:15PM – 3:20PM – Judges score presentation.
  • 3:25 – 3:40PM Third team presents a 10 minute presentation. Five minutes are left for questioning.

4:00PM Winning team announced.  Everyone feels relieved.  Safe travels and we will see you next year at SD Envirothon 2014.