Competition Rules

  1. Team members must be registered in grades 9-12 for the current school year.
  2. Teams consist of five members from the same school, home school group, or local organization.  No more than two alternates may be substituted at the state contest without pre-approval by Washington State Envirothon (WSE) Committee.  Teams with less than five members can participate at state but are not eligible to qualify for the NCF Envirothon.  In the event of an emergency that would prevent a registered five member team from competing in the State Envirothon, the WSE may allow a team to compete with fewer than five members. The respective team advisor must certify the legitimacy of the emergency.  A review panel will determine if a penalty shall be assessed to a team in the oral presentation for the absence of a complete five member team.
  3. An adult advisor must accompany teams and is responsible for the behavior of team members during meals, free time and other times not related to testing or preparation for competition.  The Washington State Envirothon (WSE) Committee, hosting conservation district, and hosting site personnel will not be responsible for improperly chaperoned teams.
  4. Washington State Envirothon shall consist of five resource stations based on soil/land use, forestry, wildlife, aquatic ecology, and the current environmental issue.  Additionally there will be an oral presentation based on the current environmental issue.
  5. Judges’ decisions are final on all events.
  6. Transportation will be the responsibility of each participation team. Water will be available on site during the competition.  The first day dinner, the second day breakfast and lunch, and overnight accommodations will be provided.
  7. Boys are not allowed on the girls’ side of camp, and girls are not allowed on the boys’ side of camp at any time. When a team consists of both boys and girls, team members are not allowed to visit each other’s rooms.  Another location should be selected for team meetings.  Twenty points will be deducted from a team’s final score if a member breaks this rule. If the infraction occurs a second time, the team will be disqualified.
  8. School medical release forms shall be provided for each team member. The advisor should keep the original with them, and a copy should be provided at registration.
  9. Scores for the five resource stations will be 100 points each and the Oral Presentation will be 200 points.  The winning team is the team with the highest cumulative point total from the six test stations.  Should there be a tie for the highest cumulative points the winning team will be determined first by their score from the Oral Presentation.  If there is still a tie, the scores will be compared next by the Aquatic Ecology test, then the Forestry test, then the Wildlife test, and lastly the Soils/land use test.
  10. During the competition, team members must wear the State Envirothon t-shirt that was issued to them at registration.  Team members may not wear or carry any items that would indicate which school or conservation district they are representing.
  11. Rules are subject to change.  Any and all relevant changes will be explained to all teams and advisors at an affected Envirothon competition.
  12. No tobacco, intoxicants (other than prescription medications), or weapons are allowed on site.  All Washington State laws will be strictly enforced.
  13. No outside study materials or unauthorized electronic devices (such as cell phones, portable music players, etc.) will be allowed during oral prep or the day of competition.  If a student uses electronic devices or outside study materials during competition or competition prep, his/her team will be disqualified.
  14. All students must be in their rooms by 11:00 P.M.This curfew will be strictly enforced. Any violation of the rules by a team member or an advisor may result in that team being disqualified from a competition.
  15. Please respect other people and property while visiting.We would like to leave the community with a good impression of the Envirothon and its participants.