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2016 Texas Envirothon

April 2–4, 2016

  • 1st Place: Science Academy of South Texas, Team Maroon
  • 2nd Place: Academy of Science and Technology, Alpaca
  • 3rd Place: Clear Lake High School, Environerds
  • Rookie Award: Sam Rayburn High School, Eco-Nerdlings 1
Area of Study Top Score School, Team
Aquatics 80/100 Clear Lake High School, Environerds
Forestry 88/100 Science Academy of South Texas, Team Maroon
Richardson High School, Team A
Soils 88/100 Academy of Science and Technology, Salamander
Wildlife 74/100 Clear Lake High School, Environerds
Current Issue 92/100 Clear Lake High School, Environerds
Oral Presentation 193.3/200 Academy of Science and Technology, Alpaca

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

  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • Texas Association for Environmental Education
  • LyondellBasell
  • Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority
  • NCF-Envirothon/U.S. Forest Service
  • Texas Association of Environmental Professionals
  • University of Houston-Clear Lake/Environmental Institute of Houston
  • Association of Texas Soil & Water Conservation Districts
  • Harris County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Montgomery County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Hosts
    • Sheldon Lake State Park
    • Armand Bayou Nature Center
    • University of Houston-Clear Lake
Participating Schools

Twenty-two teams representing 15 Texas high schools participated in the three-day competition.

  • Academy of Science and Technology, The Woodlands
  • Carroll Senior High School, Southlake
  • Clear Falls High School, League City
  • Clear Lake High School, Houston
  • Clear Springs High School, League City
  • East Central High School, San Antonio
  • J. Frank Dobie High School, Pasadena
  • Hallsville High School, Hallsville
  • Richardson High School, Richardson
  • Rio Hondo High School, Rio Hondo
  • St. John's School, Houston
  • Sam Rayburn High School, Pasadena
  • Science Academy of South Texas, Mercedes
  • Thomas Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School, Pharr
  • The Woodlands College Park High School, The Woodlands

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Key Topics & Learning Objectives

Invasive Species: A Challenge to the Environment, Economy and Society

Key Topics

  1. Invasive species and their impacts
  2. Pathways of introduction and spread
  3. The invasive species management cycle (prevent, detect, respond, control)
  4. Roles and responsibilities (government, non-government, the individual)
  5. Tools in the toolbox (models, detection tools, monitoring tools, communications)

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain what an invasive species is.
  2. Describe the economic, social, and environmental impacts of invasive species.
  3. Comprehend the effects/impacts of invasive species on aquatic, forest, wildlife and soil ecosystems with specific reference to biodiversity.
  4. Explain how ecological impacts may vary by species.
  5. Compare theories about the characteristics that assist invasive species in successfully establishing new populations. What makes a good invader?
  6. Describe the pathways through which invasive species are introduced.
  7. Discuss the stages of the invasive species management cycle and components of an invasive species management plan.
  8. Assess the costs associated with controlling an invasive species on a state/province-wide basis.
  9. Outline methods of controlling an invasive species.
  10. Understand how various levels of government and other organizations are involved in the management of invasive species.
  11. Are all invasive species created equal? Describe how risk is assessed.
  12. Discuss the means by which invasive species are detected and monitored and have a basic knowledge of models and tools used to monitor invasive species.
  13. Demonstrate knowledge of the policies/legislation involved in preventing, detecting, monitoring, and controlling invasive species.
  14. Describe the role for non-government and the average citizen in managing invasive species.
  15. Investigate ways to reduce the arrival of new invasive species by setting the foundations for environmentally ethical behaviors and sound environmental decision making.
  16. Demonstrate knowledge of the various forms of outreach and education being used and assess their effectiveness.
Current Issue: Recommended Resources

Recommended Reading

Education and Outreach - Stop the Spread of Invasive Species


  • Texas Envirothon

    Phone: 281-283-3045

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