Soil & Water
St. Lawrence County Soil and Water
High school students from Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and St. Lawrence Counties converge on Paul Smith's College each Spring to compete in the Annual North Adirondack Regional Envirothon. The Envirothon tests the student's knowledge on topics such as soils, water resources, forestry, wildlife and current environmental issues. Up to 25 teams of students from high schools around the region compete for the chance to represent their school and county at the state level. Winning teams from each county advance to the New York State Envirothon. State competition winners will represent New York at the Canon International Envirothon.
The Envirothon began in Pennsylvania in the spring of 1979. New York held its first Envirothon in 1990 with three participating counties. In 1991, several of the northern NY counties began competing in the Envirothon. In 1998, the North Adirondack Regional Envirothon was established for Clinton, Essex, Franklin and St. Lawrence Counties. The Envirothon experience is a unique approach to environmental education. Teams compete in an outdoor setting where they learn that cooperation is needed to achieve success. Participation in this competition is fun for both students and their advisors. The activities are designed to help students become environmentally aware, action-oriented adults.