In 2021, JSWCD with the help of a wonderful planning committee comprised of local partners, put on the first Southern Oregon Regional Envirothon (SORE). SORE is a hands-on, environmental problem-solving competition for regional high school students; the competition contains virtual and field testing elements.
SORE tests students' knowledge and problem-solving skills in the following areas:
- Aquatic Ecology
- Soils and Land Use
- Annual Current Topic
SORE strives to help students exercise their critical thinking skills, increase content knowledge of natural resources, learn about natural resource professions, and to inspire a passion to learn more about and be stewards of the environment.
SORE is closely modeled after the statewide Oregon Envirothon Competition. As it is held in advance of the statewide competition, SORE helps students prepare to compete in Oregon's Envirothon; three of the teams that competed in SORE in 2021 went on to place in the top five teams at Oregon's Envirothon, out of 25 teams. Envirothons are also put on across states and provinces in the USA, Canada, and China and top-placing teams can eventually end up competing at the international NCF-Envirothon Competition. JSWCD has helped sponsor local Jackson County teams to travel to the state and international Envirothons.
SORE Partners: Crater Renaissance Academy, Logos Public Charter School, Southern Oregon Land Conservancy, Grayback Forestry, the Bureau of Land Management, and Rogue River Watershed Council