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The Environmental and Natural Resources Career Development Event (CDE) provides competing students an opportunity to gain awareness and demonstrate knowledge in areas that affect our air, soil and water. Competitors interpret data, use measuring devices in the field and work through real-life scenarios involving environmental threats in pursuit of scoring the highest as a team and individual.

2024 Contest Information      

A team will consist of 4 members, all scores count.  Official dress is required. 

This is a two day event. Day One will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 24th. Day Two will be on the morning of Wednesday, June 25th. 

This year’s topic is:
Maintaining and Preserving Trout Habitat

Resources to review for the written examination and team presentation are located at the end of this letter.

Individual Activity (100 points per individual, 400 per team):
A written exam will consist of fifty questions, multiple choice.  This exam is taken individually with scores combined for a team score. This will be used to determine top ten individual scores.

Practicums (these will be completed as a team)
Identification (100 points) – 
Students will identify fifty items from the following combined areas. See complete list in the reference section of the ENR contest handbook.  Equipment, Water Quality,  Aquatics, Wildlife,  Native Species,  Reptiles/Amphibians, Fish, Invasive/Non-native species will be included.

Writing Exercise (100 points) –   
Participants will create a written document of 350 words or less that may be a news/press release, letter to the editor, etc.  The document should contain the basic elements/facts customarily found in written publications (who, what, where, when and how). The elements/facts presented are to reflect the thoughts of the participant in relation to the topic being addressed. Team members should be familiar with writing a press release for local media.  See sample in attachments.

Water Analysis (100 points) -
Using measuring devices, each participant will measure a sample of water for quality analysis. Four of the following categories will be tested each year: dissolved oxygen, nitrates, nitrites, pH, temperature, phosphates, water hardness, chlorine and ammonia.  Analyze the results of measurements and determine if it is suitable for a specific use.  Explain ways the water quality can be improved.

Soil Analysis (lab analysis) (100 Points)-  Participants may: Use a soil probe to pull a soil sample.  Be given a map or soil survey of a specific field to be sampled and plot areas for pulls.  Analyze actual lab results.  Use this information along with an extension service bulletin to make recommendations that need to be applied.   Be sure to know how to use a soil survey and read a topographic map.  Know map colors, features, how to determine elevation and distance using map scales and contour lines.

Finals Round (900 Points):
Students will be provided a scenario that deals with Preserving Trout Habitat in the finals round.  Only the top 4 teams will present oral presentations to judges.  Teams will be evaluated on their ability to work together. Teams will be required to develop both an oral, as well as a written statement, that addresses the questions in the annual scenario.  Teams will submit a written summary of their findings at the end of one hour. Teams will have ten (10) minutes of prep time prior to their oral presentation.  Teams will be required to give an oral presentation justifying the decisions made by the team. The team will have eight minutes to make the oral presentation.  Teams will be required to answer questions regarding the decision reached by their team. The question period will be five minutes in length. 

Flip charts, posters, easels, handouts are permitted and provided.  All materials for the presentation are provided!  National FFA Rubrics will be used. 

*******Computers/Cell Phones may not be used. 

2024 ENR Resource Guide
Writing Exercise: Press Release Sample
Buffer Science
Trout Habitat Enhancement

Additional Resource:

National ENR Team Activity Scoring Rubric:
See page 10

NameDate AddedSize
ENR Virginia FFA Guide 5/8/2024 261 KB
2021 Cover Crop sheet 6/10/2021 1911 KB
2021 Conservation Choices 6/10/2021 16374 KB
2021 Scenario 6/10/2021 2067 KB
2023 resources 5/16/2023 100 KB

Event Information
Event Coordinator:
Eric Fitzgerald

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