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bullet See the most current Envirothon core curricula guidelines at
bullet See the “Future competitions” link on the Envirothon site ( ) for the current issue study information.

You should be able to do the following at the Arkansas Envirothon and the Envirothon:

AQUATIC       Aquatic
bulletIdentify the processes and phases for each part of the water cycle
bulletDescribe the chemical and physical properties of water and explain their importance for freshwater and saltwater ecosystems
bulletDiscuss methods of conserving water and reducing point and non-point source pollution
bulletAnalyze the interaction of competing uses of water supply, hydropower, navigation, wildlife, recreation, waste assimilation, irrigation, industry, and others
bulletIdentify common aquatic organisms through the use of a key
bulletDelineate the watershed boundary for a small water body
bulletBe able to explain the different types of aquifers and how each type relates to water quality and quantity
bulletBriefly describe the benefits of wetlands, both function and value
bulletDescribe the changes to the aquatic ecosystem based on alteration to the aquatic habitat
bulletKnow methods used to assess and manage aquatic environments and utilize water quality information to assess the general water quality of a given body of water (includes sampling techniques, water quality parameters used to monitor point and non-point source pollution)
bulletBe familiar with major methods and laws used to protect water quality (surface and ground water) and utilize this information to make management decisions to improve the quality of water in a given situation 

FORESTRY     Forestry
bulletIdentify common trees without a key and identify specific or unusual species of trees or shrubs through the use of a key 
bulletUnderstand forest ecology concepts and factors affecting them, including the relationship between soil and forest types, tree communities, regeneration, competition, and succession 
bulletUnderstand the cause/effect relationship of factors affecting tree growth and forest development (climate, insects, microorganisms, etc.) 
bulletUnderstand how wildlife habitat relates to forest communities, forest species, forest age structure, snags and den trees, availability of food, and riparian zones 
bulletUnderstand the value of trees in urban and suburban settings and factors affecting their health and survival
bulletUnderstand how the following issues are affected by forest health and management: biological diversity, forest fragmentation, air quality, fire, and recreation 
bulletUnderstand basic forest management concepts and tools such as: how various silvicultural practices are utilized, the use of tree measuring devices, and best management practices 
bulletIdentify complex factors which influences forest management decisions (economics, social, and ecological)
bulletApply silviculture concepts and methods to develop general management recommendations for a particular situation and management goals 

SOIL      Soils
bulletRecognize soil as an important resource 
bulletDescribe basic soil properties and formation factors 
bulletUnderstand soil drainage classes and know how wetlands are defined 
bulletDetermine basic soil properties and limitations, such as mottling and permeability, by observing a soil pit or soil profile 
bulletIdentify types of soil erosion and discuss methods for reducing erosion 
bulletUtilize soil information, including soil surveys, in land use planning 
bulletDiscuss how soil is a factor in, or impacted by non-point source pollution 

WILDLIFE     Wildlife
bulletIdentify common wildlife species and wildlife signs (keys will be used for more extensive identification)
bulletIdentify basic wildlife survival needs 
bulletDescribe specific adaptations of wildlife to their environment and role in the ecosystem 
bulletDescribe predator/prey relationships and examples 
bulletDescribe the potential impact of the introduction of non-native species 
bulletDescribe the major factors affecting threatened and endangered species and methods used to improve the populations of these species 
bulletDescribe ways habitat can be improved for specific species by knowing their requirements 
bulletDiscuss the concepts of carrying capacity and limiting factors 
bulletDiscuss various ways the public and wildlife managers can help in the protection, conservation, management, and enhancement of wildlife populations 
bulletDescribe food chains/webs and cite examples 
bulletDescribe factors that limit or enhance population growth 
bulletEvaluate a given habitat for its suitability for designated species, given a description of their habitat needs 


For additional information about the Envirothon Program in Arkansas, contact:         

Carolyn Holcomb

Brandy Gardner


The Envirothon Program is offered and operated on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, or physical/mental challenges.

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