Environmental education programs

Hennepin County provides a variety of environmental education programs and training opportunities.

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River Watch stream monitoring

River Watch is a hands-on environmental education program for youth in Hennepin County. Teams of youth assess the health of local streams by identifying and quantifying the stream's biological community. The program is available to school classes and youth groups.

Learn more and get involved.


About the Envirothon

The Envirothon is a problem-solving natural resources competition for high school and junior high school students that tests the students’ knowledge of aquatics, forestry, soils and wildlife. The Envirothon is split into two categories: the Senior Envirothon for grades 9 - 12 and the Junior Envirothon for grades 6 - 8.

During the event, teams of five students complete hands-on activities and give presentations on current environmental issues –the issue for 2014 is sustainable local agriculture. The top three teams from the metro competition advance to the state Envirothon.

The 2017 Envirothon will be held April 19 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Learn more.

Funding for registration fees and buses available

Hennepin County provides funding to cover the registration fees and transportation costs for Envirothon teams. To request funding for entry fees or buses, contact Stacey Lijewski at stacey.lijewski@hennepin.us or call 612-348-9938.

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