Mission and goals:
The mission of the Washington State Envirothon is to provide resources for students and teachers, through education and teamwork, which promote environmental awareness, critical thinking, and active personal stewardship for the purpose of balancing the quality of life and the quality of the environment.
The Envirothon mission is accomplished by developing in young people an understanding of the principles and practices of natural resource management and ecology and the ability to deal with complex resource management decisions. The following goals should be used as a guide to develop effective curricula, educational resources, and testing scenarios.
To promote a desire to learn more about the natural environment and equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to apply the basic principles and practices of resource management and ecology to complex environmental issues.
To promote stewardship of natural resources and to encourage the development of the critical thinking, cooperative problem-solving, and decision-making skills required to achieve and maintain a natural balance between the quality of life and the quality of the environment.
To provide students with experience in environmentally-oriented activities, enabling them to become environmentally-aware, action-oriented citizens.