The Fergus Falls Envirothon students took five of the top six places at the Northwest regional competition in Detroit Lakes last week. Fergus Falls took 1st, 3rd,4th, 5th, and 6th.  The top four teams advance to the State competition Monday, May 15th at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center.  First Place Team (Jaden Miller, Logan Bredenberg, Clayton Peppel, Josiah Uggerud, Tommy Erickson,), Third Place ( Olivia Swanson, Ella Roberts, Kendal Hanson, Libby Lindgren, Alexis Wellman) Fourth Place (Logan Hovland, Cooper Batzlaff, Braden Bucher, Carson Grenier, William Brandt).

The Envirothon is an outdoor environmental learning competition for high school students. Area competitions are administered by the state's Soil and Water Conservation Districts, in partnership with conservation organizations, educators, and other natural resource agencies.

The Envirothon encourages students to learn more about Minnesota's natural resources, as well as public policy and the roles of government and landowners in managing the state's resources. The program helps students develop critical thinking, cooperative problem-solving, and decision-making skills.

Schools and teachers benefit by providing learning opportunities to students who excel in the sciences and ecology. The community and state benefit by having concerned and well-informed citizens who can make good decisions about the environment.

Teams of students compete by visiting five learning stations and taking a 20-point exam on an environmental topic. The topics are:

  • Aquatics
  • Forestry
  • Soils
  • Wildlife, and
  • Current events, which is a new topic each year.

The exams are administered by a local natural resource professional, who also gives the students a brief overview of the topic and explains some of the core concepts. Teams also prepare and give an oral presentation on the current events topic.



On behalf of the Fergus Falls Public School District, I extend a warm welcome.  We are honored that you have entrusted us with the care and education of your child. 

The Fergus Falls Public School District is a special place.  Our mission statement outlines our commitment to each and every child:  “The mission of the Fergus Falls Public Schools is to prepare productive and engaged members of society by creating an environment where all students reach their full potential.”

What will your child’s experience be as a member of our school community?  Children will be surrounded by adults who care about them.  We will provide the necessary support to help ensure that each child is successful.  Children will be challenged.  That’s how new skills are developed and how learning, confidence and leadership is fostered. 

In providing a robust 21st century learning environment - we emphasize the five “Cs” - Core Knowledge, Creative Problem Solving, Communication, Contributing Citizen and Character.  These core competencies ensure that our students will be well-positioned for success wherever their dreams take them.

We pride ourselves on providing a rigorous academic curriculum with a diverse selection of electives.  We support our students with a 1:1 technology initiative to augment instruction, we have strong vocational programs and excellent participation among our students in the arts.  A large percentage of our students are involved in co-curricular activities and our programs are highly respected and competitive.  In summary, we offer the family atmosphere of a small rural school combined with the opportunities typically only found in much larger districts. 

Through the process of discovering and developing their talents, interests and skills, our students are going to make great memories, grow in confidence, become leaders in our school and community and form lifelong friendships.  Once an Otter, always an Otter!

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Drake