March 8: GPESES Commits to local teams for the Alberta Envirothon
The Grande Prairie Environmental Sciences Educational Society (GPESES) made a decision to support teams in their local area to attending the Alberta Envirothon. " Its so awesome to see GPESES, the entity that began the Alberta Envirothon in their regional area, continue to support local teams to the now provincial event." says Chairman Blaine Burke. GPESES has agreed to pay for a school bus to transport up to 4 teams in the Grande Prairie and surrounding area.
Feb 23: PAZA commits to the Alberta Envirothon
PAZA (Peace Air shed Zone Association) will be sponsoring the first place prize this year at the 2016 Alberta Envirothon. “I’m so happy that PAZA has approached us with an offer of support. I credit this offer to the quality of experience that the Alberta Envirothon offers to high schools and the teams that participate. “, says Blaine Burke: Chairman of the Alberta Envirothon.
Burke went on to say he’s not surprised by the offer since the Alberta Envirothon prides itself of being multi partnered, all with similar goals of educating high school youth in natural and environmental science and careers in those streams.
The top 3 teams in the Alberta Envirothon receive team and school trophies, cash prizes and right to represent Alberta at the N.A.Envirothon, this year in Peterborough, ON. All participants earn 2 special CTS credits. The event is currently at 9/15 teams registered. Deadline is March 15th.
Jan 4, 2016 Send in the Dogs!
The Alberta Envirothon is thrilled to announce that dogs from the Aquatic invasive species detection program will be attending the Alberta Envirothon May 26-29th 2016. "I'm really excited that we have been able to partner with the Alberta Aquatics Invasive Species Program. This will add excitement and value to our event." say's Blaine Burke, Envirothon chairman. For more info on the program click HERE for a blog article.
Dec 16, 2015- In The Works:
The Alberta Envirothon currently has 8/15 teams regitered and anticipating at least 3 more incoming. This year Alberta is welcoming teams from Sasakchewan and NWT! After March and before May the Alberta Envirothon will be looking to host some video delivered presentations to aid teams in their preperations. stay tuned.
Dec 1 2015 Alberta Envirothon Filling up!
The Alberta Envirothon just keeps on getting better says Envirothon representative, Blaine Burke. " We are already at 6/15 teams registered which is fantastic for this time of the year! Burke says that although the deadline is not till mid March he expects the event to once again be a sellout, even with the extra cap added on this year: " Every year we sell out and every year we grow a little bigger. " Burke attributes this growing success to the multi partnerships (check out the main page to see the sponsors) and how those partners are present at the event enhancing the quality and interaction. Teams and teachers not only learn a ton about environmental and Natural resource issues, but also excellent career insight into related fields.
The new theme has been announced and the Alberta Envirothon is excited to have such a relevant theme to this province! With Invasive Species being such a hot topic (zebra mussels for instance), we expect to have a high quality event with many partners. It is this time we would like to announce that Kate Wilson: Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist with Environment and Parks will be joining us as one of our premiere presenters!
Preliminary plans are just getting underway for the 2015 event and things are already looking exciting. Alberta Environment and Sustainable resource Development is once again sponsoring the event by giving us use of the Hinton Training Center. Get a team together now and register as we have filled up the past 3 years now! The registration sheet can be found in the Registration section, or click here.here
May 26 2014
2014 Alberta Envirothon Winners Announced!
The 2014 Alberta Envirothon was held May 22-25 this year at ESRD's Hinton Training Center. 11 teams from across Alberta making up about 70 high school students attended to compete and learn about natural resource and environmental issues in Alberta. This year's theme was 'Sustainable Agriculture, Locally Grown'. Students attended in panel discussions, presentations, learning blocks and social activities as well as field tests, written tests and a presentation during the fun filled but educational weekend. The event boasted almost 30% 1st Nations participation this year as well. The winner will now represent Alberta against 57 other States and Provinces in a virtual competition July 23rd 2014!
Grande Prairie Composite High School (Grande Prairie) --Provincial Champions beating 2nd place by .02 pts
Paul Kane High School (St Albert) –Silver beating 3rd place by .04 pts
Parkland Composite High School (Edson)-Bronze beating 4th by .08
“This was the closest competition we’ve ever run considering the series of field tests (30%), written tests, and presentations (50%) that teams competed on. All three top finishes were less than a point from each other. We were flabbergasted to have it so close.”-Blaine Burke Envirothon Chairman
The events goal is to create awareness over natural resource and environmental issues in Alberta, with young adults soon to enter post-secondary pursuits and the voting population. “ We want young adults to be aware of natural resource and environmental issues as these are the Albertans shaping and managing our province in the near future. Being more aware of issues, not being afraid to make inquiries about things like an industry’s social licence for instance is so important in such a resource rich province as ours.”, Says Burke
The event strives to be as bias balanced as possible boasting over 20 partners at the event ranging from non-profit, advocate, industry, Govt, and educational groups. Next year’s theme will be Urban Forestry.
The Alberta Envirothon is Coming!
The event is already at 50% capacity and Blaine Burke, the Chairman could not be happier. "We were sold out last year and to be at 50% capacity this early in the season is a great predicament to be in." The provincial competition will send its winner to Athens Georgia where they will represent Alberta and compete with 57 other states and provinces for the N.A. title. " Last year AB finished 3rd in Canada, our best finish yet. Having teachers and students more aware of the Nat. Res. and Enviro. Mgmnt. issues in Alberta is the big goal, the rest is icing on the cake. 3rd in Canada? that's some sweet icing!" says Burke.
The Alberta Envirothon is a high school team competition/initiative aimed to increase a student’s and teacher’s knowledge and awareness of environmental & natural resource management, and endorse a science related post-secondary career. Teachers are provided opportunities to support their classroom teaching, as well as some professional development. The event is multi-partnered on by education, society, NGO, and GOA, and conservation groups that provide key note speeches, panel discussions, presentations and much more
The event happens in May 2014 at the Hinton Training Center, Hinton AB. The new location was chosen to accommodate the growing popularity and still allow for as much outdoor learning as possible.
Inquiries can be directed to:
Chairman of the Alberta Envirothon
November 14th, 2013
Alberta Envirothon at the ATA science conference
Alberta... Science teachers and high school students from across Alberta are offered the opportunity to represent Alberta at the North American Envirothon, they just have to win the provincial first.
The Alberta Envirothon will be hosting its provincial competition on May 22-25, 2014 at the Hinton Training Centre. The annual theme this year is Sustainable Agriculture Locally Grown. The accredited competition is accepts 15 teams ( up from 10 last year.)
The provincial high school competition aims to increase education, awareness and career insight on environmental and natural resource management in Alberta.
During the weekend event teams will face off in a series of indoor and outdoor testing and a final presentation deciding the winner and earning the right to represent Alberta against 54 other states and provinces, this year in Montana.
“I’m very excited to see what schools get involved” said Blaine Burke, one of the initiative’s directors. “With the initiative growing in popularity and such an Albertan theme, I’m excited in seeing where teams will register from this year”.
The Alberta Envirothon will be exhibiting and presenting at ATA Convention. Friday November 14th-16th. For more information about the Alberta Envirothon, visit their Facebook site and search Alberta Envirothon Google.
Inquiries may be directed to: