2014 Kansas ECO-MEET logo

What is an ECO-MEET?

How ECO-MEETS got started

Locations of the ECO-MEETs

When are the ECO-MEETs ?

How ECO-MEET aligns with
state education standards

Regional contact information

2014 Rules, Regulations
& Reference materials

2014 State Packet will be available in August

How do I claim my scholarship money?

2013 ECO-MEET winners

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The
ECO-MEET
Mission

"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) 

Locations of 2014 Kansas Eco-Meets

REGIONAL CONTACTS & 2014 REGIONAL DATES

Hays/Webster -
Sternberg Museum
Thursday,
October 9
CONTACT:
Mike Rader
620-672-0708
Wilson -
Wilson State Park
Wednesday,
October 8
CONTACT:
Mike Rader
620-672-0708 or
Ellen Rader  785-658-2465 x200
Salina -
Lakewood Discovery Center
Thursday,
October 2
CONTACT:
Bill Gaskill or
Brian Underwood
785-826-7335
Milford -
Milford Nature Center
Wednesday,
October 1
CONTACT:
Pat Silovsky
785-238-5323 or
Chuck Otte  
785-238-4161
Lawrence -
Prairie Park
Nature Center

Monday,
October 20
CONTACT:
Marty Birrell
785-832-7980
Garden City -
Lee Richardson Zoo
Tuesday,
October 16
CONTACT:
Mike Rader
620-672-0708 or
Whitney Buchman
620-276-1250
Hutchinson -
Dillon Nature Center
Tuesday,
October 7
CONTACT:
Mary Clark or
Steve Kinser
620-663-7411
Wichita -
Great Plains Nature Center
Tuesday,
October 14
CONTACT:
Jim Mason
316-683-5499 x103
Girard (SE Kansas) -
Greenbush
Wednesday,
October 22
CONTACT:
Mike Rader
620-672-0708 or
Jenn Rader
620-783-5207
Olathe -
Ernie Miller Nature Center
Wednesday,
October 29
CONTACT:
Bill McGowan
913-764-7759 or
Mike Rader
620-672-0708

KANSAS ECO-MEET CALENDAR:

Ten regional ECO-MEETs are scheduled for 2014.

Milford (Milford Nature Center) - Wednesday, October 1
Salina (Lakewood Discovery Center) - Thursday, October 2
Hutchinson (Dillon Nature Center) - Tuesday, October 7
Wilson (Wilson Lake) - Wednesday, October 8
Hays/Webster (Sternberg Museum) - Thursday, October 9
Wichita (Great Plains Nature Center) - Tuesday, October 14
Garden City (Lee Richardson Zoo) - Thursday, October 16
Lawrence (Prairie Park Nature Center) - Monday, October 20
Southeast Kansas (Greenbush) - Wednesday, October 22
Olathe (Ernie Miller Nature Center) - Wednesday, October 29

The 2014 KANSAS STATE ECO-MEET will be held on Thursday, November 6.
at Rock Springs 4-H Camp.

The 2013 KANSAS STATE ECO-MEET was held at the Dyck Arboretum in Hesston
on Thursday, November 7Here are the winners!

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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 school students
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.

wildlife quiz
Taking the Quiz - photo by Tom Hein

Scavenger Hunt - ability to locate and identify various natural objects. 
This part takes place outside and mainly tests the ability to identify native plants.
 
Interpretation - 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!

Interpretation
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, Pennsylvania
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 the Milford 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 having them.
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 ECO-MEETS.
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 held.
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 held.
In 2010-2012, nine regional ECO-MEETS were held, after adding a new event in Lawrence.
In 2013, eight regional ECO-MEETS were held.
In 2014, ten regional ECO-MEETS are scheduled.

 

The fifteenth Kansas statewide ECO-MEET was held at
The Dyck Arboretum on November 7, 2013.

Click here to see the winners!

Here are the winners from previous years!

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Questions or comments about the Kansas ECO-MEET website may be directed to: Jim Mason