Study Material

Below are the Envirothon Topic Study guides and the resources to use with them.


Aquatics Study Guide


IDNR What Fish is This

IDNR Management of Small Lakes and Ponds

IDNR Aquatic Plants ID

Field Guide to Aquatic Macro Invertebrates

Common Fresh Water Fish of Illinois


Forestry Study Guide

Sections Referred to in the Study Guide

Section 1 – Tree ID and Basic Biology                            

Basic Biology

Tree ID

Section 2 – Forest Ecology, Forest Wildlife Management and Silviculture



Forest Stewardship Terminology

Forestry Terms

Forest Ecology Management


Calling all Wildlife

To Cut or Not to Cut


Silviculture Principles

Intermediate Treatments

Section 3 – Knowledge of IL Forest Resources and Benefits

Dawson Forest Ecology and Management

Benefits from Illinois Forest Resources Pgs 51-57

Early Illinois Forest Resource Pgs 18-21

Forest Resources Illinois 2002

Ownership of Illinois Forest Resources Pgs 44-50

Forest Resources of Illinois – What do we have and what are they doing for us

Community Forests

Illinois Forest Resources 2005

Section 4 – Forestry Equipment, Measurement and Maps


Biltmore Stick                   Digitech Professional Caliper

Haglof Calipers                Clinometer

Compass                          Diameter Tape

GPS                                 Increment Borer

Prism                                Spiegel Relascope

Maryland Extension Measuring Your Forest

Tools to Measure the Forest


Land Measurements


Measuring Standing Trees

Using Tree Measuring Stick

Measuring Trees and Estimating Volume

What is a Chain

What is a Cord

What is a Basal Area

Section 5 – Forestry Health


Black Knot                                  Cedar Apple Rust

Dutch Elm Disease 4H               UIUC Dutch Elm Disease Detailed

Anthracnose                               Armilliaria Root Rot

Oak Wilt 4H                                UIUC Oak Wilt Detailed

Verticillium Wilt                           Nectria Canker

Diseases in Hardwood Tree Plantings


Asian Longhorned Beetle                    Asian Longhorn Beet USDA Pest Alert

Emerald Ash Borer                              Emerald Ash Borer USDA Pest Alert

Fall Webworm                                      Eastern Tent Catepillar

Gypsy Moth                                          European Elm Bark Beetle

Japanese Beetle                                   Mountain Pine Beetle

Southern Pine Beetle                            Twolined Chesnut Borer

Hemlock Woolly                                     Hemlock Woolly USDA Pest Alert

Red Oak Borer



Wildlife Study Guide


IDNR Wild Mammal Workbook

IDNR Illinois Birds Workbook

Bird Calls

Nature Tracking – iTrack Wildlife

Audubon Guides

Bird Guide


Soils Study Guide


Soil Classification Study Guide

5th Category

Water Resource Management: Local Control and Local Solutions

Key Topics & Learning Objectives

Key Topics:

1. Understanding how groundwater and surface water systems function.
2. Understanding the importance of water quality and quantity as a foundation in a healthy ecosystem
3. Understanding a variety of water quality indicators in different landscapes.
4. Understanding a variety of water quantity indicators in different landscapes
5. Understanding how sustainable and best management practices enhance and protect water quality and quantity for humans and wildlife.
6. Understanding the differences of local, regional, and national systems that manage natural resources and the importance of each in water resources.
7. Understanding the social, economic, political impacts of natural resources management and decision making.

Key Topic # 1                                             Key Topic # 2

Key Topic #3                                              Key Topic #4

Key Topic #5                                              Key Topic #6

Key Topic #7

Additional Material Which could be part of the test or presentation:

Landscaping for Wildlife publication