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2015 Texas Envirothon

April 11–13, 2015

  • 1st Place: Academy of Science & Technology
  • 2nd Place: Richardson High School
  • 3rd Place: John Cooper School
  • Extra Mile Award: Richardson High School, Team B
  • Rookie Team Award: Clear Falls High School and St. John's School
Area of Study Top Score School, Team
Aquatics 82/100 Richardson High School, Team A
Forestry 96/100 Academy of Science and Technology, Team A
Soils 96/100 Academy of Science and Technology, Team A
Wildlife 88/100 Richardson High School, Team A
Current Issue 96/100 Rio Hondo High School, Ocelots
Oral Presentation 187/100 Science Academy of South Texas, Team Maroon

Financial support for the event was provided by conservation districts and natural resource related agencies and businesses from across Texas.

  • Eastman
  • LyondellBasell
  • Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority
  • Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation
  • NCF-Envirothon/U.S. Forest Service
  • Texas Association of Environmental Professionals
  • Texas Forestry Association
  • University of Houston-Clear Lake/Environmental Institute of Houston
  • San Antonio Water System
  • Texas Association for Environmental Education
  • Association of Texas Soil & Water Conservation Districts
  • Harris County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Montgomery County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Hosts
    • Schreiner University
    • Riverside Nature Center
    • Kerrville Wildlife Management Area
Participating Schools

Twenty teams from across Texas took part in the competition.

  • Academy of Science and Technology, The Woodlands
  • Clear Falls High School, League City
  • John Cooper School, The Woodlands
  • J Frank Dobie High School, Houston
  • Harmony School of Science, Sugarland
  • Hallsville High School, Hallsville
  • Richardson High School, Richardson
  • Rio Hondo High School, Rio Hondo
  • St John's School, Houston
  • Science Academy of South Texas, Mercedes
  • South Grand Prairie High School, Grand Prairie
  • Thomas Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School, Pharr
  • Williamson County 4-H, Georgetown

Press Release Final Scores Photo Gallery


Key Topics & Learning Objectives

Urban and Community Forestry

Key Topics

  1. Understand what sustainable urban & community forestry is and why it is important.
  2. Understand of the numerous benefits of urban/community forests to society, often referred to as ecosystem services.
  3. Understand the costs associated with urban/community forests.
  4. Understand what an urban forest management plan is and why it is an essential tool.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the economic, social, and environmental benefits of urban/community trees to local communities.
  2. Comprehension of the effects of urban/community trees on air quality and water quality.
  3. Knowledge of research showing that trees contribute to our health, well-being and quality of life.
  4. Understanding of threats to urban/community forests such as invasive species, insect and diseases, climate change, fire, air pollution, lack of management capability and development pressures.
  5. Understand what a tree inventory is and what it is used for.
  6. Understand the components of an urban/community forest management plan.
  7. Basic knowledge of models and tools used to calculate the value of tree canopy functions.

NCF-Envirothon Learning Objectives, Urban and Community Forestry Background, Oral Presentation Scenario


  • Texas Envirothon

    Phone: 281-283-3045

    North Office Annex
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 540
    Houston, TX 77058-1002