"To challenge and
inspire an interest, appreciation and understanding of the natural sciences and the Kansas
environment thru interscholastic competition."
| Location of the ECO-MEETS for 2014
(location of state event TBA)
CONTACTS & 2014 REGIONAL DATES
KANSAS ECO-MEET CALENDAR:
Ten regional ECO-MEETs are scheduled for 2014.
Nature Center) - Wednesday, October 1|
|Salina (Lakewood Discovery
Center) - Thursday, October 2|
|Hutchinson (Dillon Nature Center) - Tuesday,
Lake) - Wednesday, October 8|
Museum) - Thursday, October 9|
|Wichita (Great Plains Nature Center) - Tuesday,
|Garden City (Lee Richardson Zoo) - Thursday,
|Lawrence (Prairie Park Nature Center) -
Monday, October 20|
|Southeast Kansas (Greenbush) - Wednesday,
|Olathe (Ernie Miller Nature Center) -
Wednesday, October 29|
The 2014 KANSAS STATE ECO-MEET
will be held on Thursday, November 6.
Location is yet to be determined.
The 2013 KANSAS STATE ECO-MEET was held at the Dyck Arboretum in Hesston
on Thursday, November 7. Here are the
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|What's an ECO-MEET, you say?
Imagine a competition where knowledge of Kansas' wildlife
and plants is the key to success!
The ECO-MEETs offer a chance for the most naturally-qualified high
to show what they know and win scholarships.
Participants are tested in four areas:
|Habitat - tests integrated knowledge of specific Kansas
habitat types. The topic area|
for 2013 is Shortgrass Prairie.
|Focus test - tests knowledge of one particular group of animals.
For 2013 the focus topic will be Kansas Mammals.|
Both of these
are lab-type tests.
Taking the Quiz - photo by Tom Hein
- ability to locate and identify various natural
This part takes place outside and mainly tests the ability to identify native plants.
- ability to communicate ideas to an audience. |
It's more than a skit
and less than a speech,
with elements of both
- and a lot of fun!
Natural foods?! - photo by Tom Hein
|Both team and
individual effort are recognized by giving college scholarships to
the members of the top three teams and to the top two individuals in the ecosystem
and focus tests.
|A little background:
The first ECO-MEETS were held by the Pittsburgh,
district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1976.
ECO-MEETS are still being held there
and the concept has spread to Illinois, Georgia, Maryland and Kansas.
Kansas ECO-MEET History:
|The Kansas ECO-MEETS began in 1991 at
Nature Center near Junction City. The Milford ECO-MEET draws teams from schools
in the adjacent ten-county area. It became so successful that other areas began
|1999 was the first year in Kansas where
more than one area had an ECO-MEET. One was held at Wilson State Park near Russell
and one was held at the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita. This made it
necessary to have a statewide contest to decide who had the best team!|
|In 2000, the number of regional
ECO-MEETS more than doubled to seven. In addition to Wichita, Milford and Wilson,
new ECO-MEETS were held at Lake Scott, Hays, Hutchinson and Kirwin National Wildlife
Refuge. (This was the only year for the Lake Scott event.)|
|In 2001, three new ECO-MEETS were held
at Pittsburg, Salina and Pratt, bringing the total to nine.|
|In 2002, there were eight regionals
|In 2003, nine regional ECO-MEETS were
held as we welcomed Hays back and a new regional at Garden City.|
|In 2004, a new ECO-MEET was held in NW
Kansas at the Smoky Valley Ranch. |
Nine total regional ECO-MEETS were held.
|In 2005, a new ECO-MEET was held in
Kansas City at the F.L. Schlagle Library at Wyandotte County Lake. Eight total
regional ECO-MEETS were held.|
|In 2006, seven regional ECO-MEETS were
|In 2007, seven regional ECO-MEETS were
held and we welcomed back the event at Greenbush in Southeast Kansas.|
|In 2008, eight regional ECO-MEETS were
held, including a new event in Olathe.|
|In 2009, eight regional ECO-MEETS were
|In 2010-2012, nine regional ECO-MEETS
were held, after adding a new event in Lawrence.|
|In 2013, eight regional ECO-MEETS were
|In 2014, ten regional ECO-MEETS are
fifteenth Kansas statewide ECO-MEET was held at
The Dyck Arboretum on November 7, 2013.
Click here to see the winners!
are the winners from previous years!
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