February 25, 2021

High school students prep for statewide environment competition – Kotatv

RAPID CITY S.D. (KOTA TV) – Local high school students spent the day learning more about soil, land use, aquatic ecology, forestry and wildlife as they get ready for Envirothon, a competition where students face off over their environmental knowledge.

“I like natural resource conversation all that kind of stuff. That’s what I plan to do after high school,” says Morgan Monroe a senior at Stevens High School.

Staff behind South Dakota Envirothon are traveling the state, meeting students participating in the competition giving them more hands on learning opportunities for what’s to come in this years competition.

“Our kids are our leaders for the next generation. We’re going to be turning all these natural resources to them in not too long,” says Kim Smeenk the coordinator for South Dakota Envirothon.

For one Stevens High School senior, she wants to study wildlife and fish management in college. Her dream job is to do conservation work with Game, Fish and Parks. This program is extending her knowledge and learning for this field.

“Wildlife ID, I like that, tracking, different pelt identification,” says Monroe.

These high school students will put their knowledge to the test during the South Dakota Envirothon on April 29th and 30th at Outdoor Campus West.