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Idaho Envirothon challenges students to engage in critical thinking, craft solutions to natural resources issues

Challis, ID

More than 80 kids from 10 high schools in Southern Idaho rolled into the Living Waters Ranch in Challis for an intense, two-day natural resources education event called the Idaho Envirothon.

The Idaho Envirothon is a competitive event, held every April. The winning team gets an all-expense-paid trip to the North American Envirothon. This year, the team from Weiser High School captured the state crown.

"Awesome! Excited! I think we worked really well together as a team,” said Ali Reed. “We've known each other for a while, so that made things easier. The teamwork helped us get thru all the quizzes.”

To prepare, high school teams study up on soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and a current issue -- this year, it was invasive species -- for months before they arrive.

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